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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Early Stage Researcher PhD Position

10.11.2020, by Tina Keil

Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena, Germany
Application deadline: November 22nd, 2020

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Logo: Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena

The Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena (Germany) is opening a full time PhD position in the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Project NETHATE “Network for Training on Hate”, focusing on “Hate speech in polarized political controversies” (start in March 2021).

Hate speech in online fora is often the result of a dynamic and reciprocal process of communication. The mechanism whereby hatred emerges include cognitive and affective reactions to opposing ideological positions. Our project investigates the psychological underpinnings of these reactions and focuses on (a) the impact of boundary conditions (e.g., public attention), (b) affective an motivational features, and (c) the temporal dynamics of these reactions.

Essential Requirements & Skills

  • Academic degree(s) (M.A. or comparable) in psychology or communication science.
  • Must not have resided in the (host country) Germany for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the appointment.
  • Is in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of research career and has not been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • Excellent communications skills in English both written and verbal.
  • Excellent skills in experimental research methods and in statistical data analyses (preferably in R or Phython).
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet competing priorities.
  • High motivation with strong attention to detail and quality.
  • Willingness to travel to attend secondments, training and academic events.

Desirable Requirements & Skills

  • Communications skills in German in written.
  • Experience in the programming of websites or complex surveys.

We offer

  • To become part of a highly motivated, international, dynamic young project team.
  • To work in Jena, a young and vibrant university town with dynamic business activities, successful scientific innovation centers and a vibrant cultural scene around a traditional university.
  • To benefit from further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments, a  variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences in addition to the individual scientific PhD project.

Planned Secondment(s): 2 months working with Hanna Gleiß at “Das NETTZ” ( developing an understanding of how hate speech is dealt with in Germany; 2 months studying with Prof Heidi Vandebosch how evidence-based interventions are developed.

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application instructions here [PDF]

Should you have any question, you can contact Tobias Rothmund (