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for Early Child Development (LFE)


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The Faculty of Education invites applications for the following position, to be filled from 1 April 2020:

W3 Professorship “Early Child Development”

The successful applicant will cover Early Child Development in research and teaching, taking psychological and interdisciplinary perspectives into account. Principled readiness to assume the directorship of the Leipzig Research Center for Early Child Development (LFE) is expected. The successful candidate is required to have a distinguished, international research record in at least two of the following key research fields:

  • Social interaction in childhood
  • Development of communicative skills
  • Cognitive development
  • Social learning/social-cognitive development
  • Emotional development

We are looking for someone experienced in using quantitative and experimental methods (e.g. experimental behavioural studies, response time studies, eye-tracking). Furthermore, expertise in the application of peripheral-physiological measures (e.g. pupillometry, EMG, skin conductive resistance), neurophysiological measures (e.g. EEG, fNIRS), or culture-comparative or species-comparative experimental studies is desired. International experience, experience of applying for third-party funding, the ability to conduct courses in English as well as the interest and capability to participate in interdisciplinary research projects (e.g. with clinical psychology, educational psychology, philosophy, or cognitive neuroscience) are required. Additionally, teaching experience in the field of child development is required and is desirable in the field of statistics/methodology.

The successful candidate will lead a core working group at the LFE, based at the Faculty of Education. The LFE bundles expertise in the field of early child development at Leipzig University and across Germany, and cooperates closely with other research centres in Leipzig, such as for example the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, the Max Planck Institute for Cognition and Neuroscience as well as the Leipzig University Clinic.

Responsibilities of the position will include:

  • Further development of the LFE (e.g. further networking with other faculties and international cooperation partners, development of interdisciplinary exchange and qualification formats)
  • Initiation and coordination of international and national collaborative research projects in the field of early child development
  • Management of the international master`s program Early Childhood Research (ECR) based at the Faculty of Education and the provision of courses within this program
  • Pursuit of excellent international research projects

We offer a stimulating, interdisciplinary, and international research and teaching environment with wide-ranging opportunities for development and cooperation at a location that not only has a long tradition of psychological research, but is increasingly becoming the centre of childhood-related research in Germany.

Rights and obligations of the jobholder are specified within the Saxonian university law (Sächsisches Hochschulfreiheitsgesetz, SächsHSFG) and the Saxonian public service task regulation (Sächsische Dienstaufgabenverordnung, DAVOHS). Applicants must meet the requirements of § 58 SächsHSFG.

Leipzig University places value on the equality of women and men at work.

Applicants with handicaps are encouraged to apply and shall be given preference if equally qualified.

Please submit applications together with the usual documents (enclosing a list of scientific papers and academic teaching, including available records for evaluation, a certified copy of the highest acquired academic qualification and proof of qualification for the appointment field) in printed and electronic form (a single pdf file) within 25 October 2019 to:

Leipzig University
Dean of the Faculty of Education
Prof. Dr. Simone Reinhold
Marschnerstr. 31
04109 Leipzig

The Independent CBBS Research Group Neurocognitive Development at the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology (LIN) (https://www.lin-magdeburg.de/forschung/cbbs-forschergruppe-neurokognitive-entwicklung) in Magdeburg investigates the development of cognitive functions in children. We are looking for a highly motivated Post-doctoral

Research Scientist (full-time)

for a fixed-term position commencing 01/11/2019 (or later) until at least 03/2022 (Funding) is available for potential further employment within the group beyond the 2 years (subject to review)).

Our projects focus on the development of attention, memory, learning and the underlying neuronal mechanisms in typically and atypically developing children. Our aim is to foster the translation of results into application. The ideal applicant has a PhD in psychology, cognitive sciences, neuroscience, education, or related fields and has extensive experience in experimental approaches using EEG or pupillometry. Expertise in Matlab is essential and a solid background in programming and statistics is required. The candidate is expected to be able to work independently within the framework of the project, will collaborate with interdisciplinary teams, has confidence and enjoys working with children. Because of the required interaction with children, the candidate is expected to have good communication skills in German or is willing to learn German. Very good written and oral communication skills in English are expected.

We hereby offer a challenging and versatile position in an enthusiastic team. Our group provides a modern EEG and Eye-tracking children’s lab, mobile EEG- and Eye-tracking techniques, access to MEG and MRT under the terms of internal guidelines, close collaboration with local schools and kindergartens, study support by our lab manager, and excellent working conditions and opportunities for cooperation. The LIN in Magdeburg is an internationally renowned center for learning and memory research. Neurobiologists, physicians, psychologists, biochemists, and physicists work in interdisciplinary groups to decode the brain mechanisms of learning and memory processes on all organizational levels. The LIN is a member of the Leibniz Association (WGL) and constitutes a main pillar of the neurosciences in Magdeburg. The research group is
funded by the Center for Behavioral Brain Sciences (CBBS) from the State of Saxony-Anhalt and the European Regional Development Fund (EFRE).

Your employment, salary and employee benefits comply with the collective pay agreement (German TV-L). Equal opportunities as well as compatibility of family and work are part of our HR policy. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent occupational aptitude will be considered preferentially.

We are looking forward to your electronic application (German or English). Please send one PDF file comprising CV, research profile (max 1 page), list of publications, copies of relevant certificates to Nicole Wetzel via NCD@lin-magdeburg.de, reference ID: LIN 2019/NCD-01.Applications are considered until the position is filled. An initial inspection of the
applications will take place by September 30, 2019.

Please be aware that costs for application and interview are not refundable. The application documents and data
will be stored and used only for the selection. Please note the information for storage of personal data:

Madlen Bartholmeß
Phone +49 (0) 341 97 31 870