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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

PhD or Post-doc Position on Intergroup Criticism (Social Psychology, Motivation Science), University of Salzburg

12.12.2023, by J. Lukas Thürmer

Deadline: 10 January 2024

Due to generous funding by the Austrian Research Agency FWF, my Political and Intercultural Psychology group at the University of Salzburg is HIRING two PhD candidates or one Post-Doc!

Our project is on intergroup criticism, i.e., why we reject outsider’s criticism while we are quite open towards the same criticism from within the group (intergroup sensitivity effect). This is a basic-research project, but my group is actively involved in the research areas of political polarization (Thürmer & McCrea, 2023), health decisions/vaccination (Thürmer & McCrea, 2022, McCrea et al., in press), and nutritional styles in the context of climate change (Thürmer et al., 2022). So we can support PhD projects on these or related topics. You can find an overview covering much of our work in a recent review paper (Thürmer & McCrea, 2023).

Preferred starting date is March 1, 2024 (later starting dates can be discussed). Please submit your application including your letter of motivation, CV, up to two letters of recommendation, and transcripts in one pdf-file by January 10, 2024 to Please also contact me if you have any questions regarding the positions, moving to Salzburg or the PIP Group. See the attached call for further details and links to the papers!