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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

3-Year Post-doc Position in Funded Project on Social Memory and Shared Reality

29.08.2022, by Hannah Schäfer

University of Muenster, Germany
Application deadline: September 7th, 2022

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The Social Psychology Group at the Department of Psychology, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU Münster), Germany, is seeking to fill the position of a

Postdoctoral Research Associate
(Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in, 100%)
(salary level TV-L E 13)

in a research project on the effects of communication and shared reality on memory directed by Professor Dr. Gerald Echterhoff

starting on 1 November, 2022, or at the earliest possible date. We are offering fixed-term full-time employment for 3 years, corresponding to the project duration. Salary level is TV-L 13 for German state university employees.

The successful applicant will work in the research project “When Interpersonal communi-cation affects communicators’ memory: The role of communicators’ own judgments in shared reality with the audience” (DFG reference EC 317/10-2) in the DFG Research Group "Constructing Scenarios of the Past: A New Framework in Episodic Memory" (FOR2812, Speaker: Professor Dr. Sen Cheng, Ruhr-University Bochum). The position is geared towards a postdoc with high scientific curiosity, and a strong motivation to advance research, commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration in the Research Group. The DFG salary rate is approx. € 77,400 p.a. gross remuneration. The actual salary depends on the individual pay scale evaluation by the employer.

General Information and Application Instructions
45,000 students and 8,000 employees in teaching, research and administration, all working together to shape perspectives for the future – these are key advantages of the University of Münster (WWU). Embedded in the vibrant atmosphere of Münster with its high standard of living, the University’s diverse research profile and attractive study programs draw students and researchers throughout Germany and from around the world.
Münster is a cultural, economic, and academic center in Northwestern Germany, serving a region of 1.5 million people. The city’s distinct atmosphere is characterized by multifaceted urban life, next to the Aasee lake, and the omnipresence of bicycles, the most common and sustainable means of transportation. The international sculpture exhibitions and several new art institutions have consolidated the city’s distinguished profile as a cultural hub. The city has received the global-scale Gold LivCom award for quality of life in the category of cities with 200,000 to 750,000 inhabitants.
Psychology at the WWU has an honorable, long-standing tradition, reaching back to the first professorship in psychology world-wide (Ferdinand Überwasser, 1752-1812). The Department of Psychology is one of the largest and best equipped in Germany. For information on the activities of the social psychology group and Gerald Echterhoff’s research lab see
The grant application for the present project can be requested from Gerald Echterhoff.

Your tasks:
- Planning, conducting, and analyzing experimental studies on the topic of the project
- advancing the project at the conceptual level (including the role of shared reality in the examined processes)
- supervision research assistants
- participation in meetings with the other members of the Research Group and international collaborators
- conference presentations and the preparation and writing of scientific publications
- To promote key academic skills, selected contributions to teaching are encouraged.

Our expectations:
- PhD / doctoral degree in psychology, a graduate degree in Psychology, typically a Master’s degree, is also appreciated
- excellent proficiency in English
- very good experience with relevant methods (experimentation, modelling, implicit measures) and statistical analyses
- very good knowledge of statistical software (SPSS and the open-source software R)
- proficiency in German is helpful but not required
- excellent communication skills.
- we appreciate a background in memory, social cognition and/or motivation, sound skills in online research and computer-based experimentation

Your benefits:
- Appreciation, commitment, openness, and respect – values highly important in our academic community.
- A broad range of diverse work-time models offers great flexibility, including home office.
- If you take care of family members or young children, our Family Service Office offers concrete support to help you balance your private and professional responsibilities.
- As an educational institution, we are deeply committed to offering occupational training and continuing education opportunities tailored to your individual needs.
- From A – Z, Aikido to Zumba, our sport and health programmes ensure a healthy work-life balance.
- As a university employee, you are entitled to numerous benefits afforded to public servants, e.g. an attractive company pension scheme (VBL), an annual end-of-year bonus and a position that is shielded from economic fluctuations.

WWU Münster strongly supports equal opportunity and diversity. We welcome all applicants regardless of sex, nationality, ethnic or social background, religion or worldview, disability, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We are committed to creating family-friendly working conditions. In this regard we note that WWU Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of academics who are commonly underrepresented (e.g., “female” by administrative standards). We thus encourage applications by these candidates. In cases in which qualifications and academic achievements are equivalent to those of other applicants, candidates falling in the above category will be preferentially considered, taking into account legal considerations.

For questions, please contact Professor Dr. Gerald Echterhoff.

Are you interested? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 7 September 2022. Applications are considered until the position is filled.

Applicants are kindly asked to submit the following materials:
(a) a full CV including experiences in research and research supervision
(b) a statement of research interests and motivation,
(c) samples of their scientific writing
in a single PDF document (labeled LASTNAME_PostdocSocPsy.pdf)

The PDF document should be submitted to:
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität
Social Psychology Group, University of Münster
Professor Dr. Gerald Echterhoff
with CC to Sonja Pacitto-Schleithoff (office),

Please note that we cannot consider other file formats.