registration number: fb04-0007-wmz-2022


Entry date:
as soon as possible


Application deadline:


E 13 TV-H


until 30.09.2026


Volume of employment:

Established in 1527, Philipps-Universität offers excellent teaching for approximately 22,000 students. With research in a wide spectrum of science, it faces the important issues of our time.

The full-time position of

Postdoctoral Researcher

is available at the Department of Psychology of the University of Marburg in Marburg, Germany. It is to be filled as soon as possible until 30.09.2026, if no qualification periods are to be taken into account. An extension may be granted after positive evaluation. Salary and benefits commensurate with a public service position at pay grade level 13 in the start Hesse, Germany (TV-H E 13).

The position is part of the DFG funded Research Training Group “Breaking Expectations” (RTG 2271): The aim of the research group is to gain an understanding of the cognitive and behavioral mechanisms and personal characteristics that contribute to the change or maintenance of (violated) expectations by integrating the subdisciplines of psychology.


Responsibilities include scientific research and lecturing, in particular the independent planning, implementation, evaluation, and publication of empirical studies of the topics related to the Research Teaching Group, the integration of single findings from different sub-projects along five overarching research questions (see, and especially active participation in the advancement and verification of theoretical models and concepts in the research field of the research group. We expect the collaboration on scientific publications, focusing on and exchange of Open Science methods, regular and active participation in the Research Teaching Group’s events as well as active and independent engagement in the structuring of the group. Additionally, you are the contact person for doctoral researchers involved in the group.

The position is embedded in a broad, diverse network of scientists at different stages of their careers and from different psychological sub-disciplines, and is closely affiliated with the spokespeople of the Research Training Group (Prof. Dr. Sarah Teige-Mocigemba and Prof. Dr. Erik M. Mueller). The required laboratory capacities, test subject funds, and infrastructure for the research projects are available to an appropriate extent. Additionally, resources for individual career coaching, international conference visits and the further education of postdoctoral researchers is available.

This is a temporary qualification position with the aim of being eligible for a professorship (habilitation or habiliation-equivalent). Within the framework of the assigned tasks, the opportunity for independent scientific work, which serves one’s own scientific qualification, is offered. The contract limitation is based on § 2 Para. 1 Sentence 2 WissZeitVG.


Prerequisites are a completed academic university degree (diploma, master’s degree, or equivalent) as well as a completed doctorate in the field of psychology, preferably in a broadly applicable research area related to expectation (e.g social cognition). We also expect relevant publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, provable experience in the field of natural and social scientific experimental methodology, very good command of written and spoken English as well a proven practical skills in the area of statistical analysis of complex data. Knowledge in the field of PC-based test controls is beneficial.

We support women and strongly encourage them to apply. In areas where women are underrepresented, female applicants will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. As a certified family-friendly university, we support our employees in balancing family and career. Sharing a full-time position (§ 8 Abs. 2 S. 1 HGlG) as well as a reduction of working time is possible. Applicants with a disability as discribed in SGB IX (§ 2 Abs. 2, 3) will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. Application and interview costs cannot be refunded.

All application documents (CV in tabular form, certificates, diplomas, cover letter, letters of reference or the names and addresses of two scientists, who may be contacted as references) must be sent in one PDF to before November 27th 2022, citing reference number fb04-0007-wmz-2022.

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