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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

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