Promotionsstelle zu vergeben

Promotionsstelle in der Abteilung für Wirtschafts- und Sozialpsychologie zum 1.10.2021 zu besetzen:

The Research Training Group (RTG) 2070 „Understanding Social Relationships“ and the Georg-Elias-Müller-Institute for Psychology at the Georg-August-University Göttingen offer a

full Ph.D. position (all genders welcome)

beginning October 1st, 2021. The salary is in accordance with the German public service salary scale (65%, E13 TV-L) for up to three years.

The position is located in a project on the emergence of leadership, studying how leadership initiative and followership can be predicted via individual traits and behavioral styles. The project is part of the Research Training Group 2070 “Understanding Social Relationships” that integrates research from developmental, cognitive and social psychology with human and non-human primates. Detailed information on the application process, the research topics and the training program can be found at (the PhD position pertains to Project 11 listed there).
Ideal candidates have a background in psychology or social sciences. A strong motivation to conduct research, the willingness to engage in scientific exchange with other disciplines and the ability to work independently are essential.

Additional requirements:
• A very good M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) in psychology or social sciences
• Very good English and German skills (written and spoken)
• Experience in conducting lab experiments with groups and/or other types of social interactions
• Good statistical and analytical abilities (preferentially R or SPSS skills)
• Programming experience (preferentially Python) is a plus.

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in fields in which they are underrepresented. The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The mission of the University is to employ a greater number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

Please submit your application as one single pdf file with the usual documents (motivation letter, CV, university degrees, contact details of up to two referees) by July 16th 2021 to the RTG coordination office ( and in cc to
Prof. Stefan Schulz-Hardt (

For further information, please contact Prof. Stefan Schulz-Hardt (

Please note:
With submission of your application, you accept the processing of your applicant data in terms of data-protection law. Further information on the legal basis and data usage is provided in the Information General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).