PhD program starting in October 2022

The Department of Psychology at the University of Mannheim offers

1 PhD Position (75% TV-L E13, 3 years)

starting in October 2022. The position is located at the Professorship of Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Aging under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Beatrice Kuhlmann. The PhD candidate is expected to pursue a research project on statistical modeling in the following thematic context:

Research on metamemory examines how well people can assess and predict their memory. However, so far this research has been limited to evaluating memory performance (e.g., remembered or not remembered), which confounds multiple cognitive processes (e.g., memory and guessing). Thus, an integration of metamemory with cognitive modeling techniques is needed to test how well people can assess and predict different memory processes and whether/how metamemory abilities change with aging. The research project will involve the elaboration of existing cognitive models as well as the development of novel statistical models to relate metamemory and memory processes as well as experimental tests of these models.

The PhD position is part of the DFG-funded Research Training Group “Statistical Modeling in Psychology”, which is a transregional collaboration of 13 renowned researchers from five German universities: Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, University of Mannheim, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, and University of Koblenz-Landau at Landau. Participation in the SMiP program includes a PhD project and a curriculum on advanced statistical models for psychological research. The curriculum entails 6 semesters of courses, skill training, and workshops instructed by SMiP researchers and other renowned experts in the respective fields. The SMiP group further provides scientific contact and exchange with distinguished researchers worldwide and supports visits to external labs and research groups abroad. Participation in the SMiP program further includes conference and travel support, office space, IT equipment, and access to local laboratory facilities.

Applicants should hold a very good research-oriented Master’s degree in psychology or a related discipline and should have profound interest in approaching substantive research questions in psychology with advanced statistical models. As the official language of the SMiP group is English, proficiency in oral and written English is essential.

Interested candidates should send the completed SMiP Application Form plus the necessary certificates and documents to Prof. Dr. Beatrice Kuhlmann via e-mail to kuhlmann or mail to University of Mannheim, Professorship of Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Aging, Prof. Dr. Beatrice Kuhlmann, L13,15, 68161 Mannheim (Germany).

The closing date for applications is midnight July 10th, 2022.


We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised here.

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