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We hire a PhD-student, Postdoc, or Research Assistant (open rank) – cognitive psychology

UniDistance Suisse, as an accredited university institute under the HFKG, has been offering part-time distance learning courses for 30 years. The Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes, as well as the continuing education courses in the fields of law, economics, history, artificial intelligence, mathematics and psychology, are recognised and internationally supported beyond Switzerland.

The UniDistance Suisse is oriented towards the highest quality standards not only in university teaching, but also in research. With more than 2300 students, it is the leader in distance learning in Switzerland. It employs over 400 staff, of whom around 350 are involved in teaching and research.

At the Faculty of Psychology at UniDistance Suisse, we are seeking applicants for a:

PhD-student, Postdoc, Research Assistant (open rank) – cognitive psychology (memory)

The advertised position is part of the research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation entitled “Do the same cognitive systems support perception and memory? A healthy special populations perspective”. The project takes place within the framework of an international collaboration together with Prof. Dr. Jamie Ward (University of Sussex, UK).

The goal of this 4-year project is to investigate the relationship between visual perceptual abilities and memory performance. The project is based on testing healthy special populations. The following publication provides an idea of the topic: OvalleFresa, R., Ankner, S., & Rothen, N. (2021). Enhanced perception and memory: Insights from synesthesia and expertise. Cortex, 140, 14–25. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2021.01.024

Place of work: Brig (Valais, Switzerland; 2 days home office per week possible)
Start of work: December 2022. Other starting dates can be negotiated.
Employment level: 50% - 100%

Your tasks

  • Programming and implementation of lab- and online-based studies
  • Data analysis based on state-of-the-art and advanced statistical methods (e.g., computational modeling)
  • Publication of research findings in peer-reviewed journals, as well as presentations at national and international scientific conferences

Your profile

  • BSc, MSc, or PhD in Psychology or another field related to cognitive science
  • Profound interest in cognitive psychology or neuroscience, especially in the field of memory
  • Enjoy programming of experimental tasks
  • Enjoy programming scripts for the purpose of data analysis (preferably in R)
  • Like communicating scientific findings
  • German language skills
  • Very good English language skills
  • Ability to work independently and on your own responsibility and enjoy working in a team
  • Interest in transparent and open science

We offer

  • 4-year fulltime employment (parttime employment is also possible)
  • Excellent financial conditions for the implementation of the project
  • State-of-the-art laboratory (Behaviour, EEG, VR, Eyetracking) and work infrastructure
  • Assistance in teaching is possible on request
  • Integration in a helpful and productive team
  • Comprehensive supervision and career support
  • Possibility of a research stay with the project partner at the University of Sussex
  • Freedom to develop your personal career
  • remuneration in accordance with the requirements of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF, see https://snf.ch/en/2QbX0vSpcmmylCya/page/funding/project-staff)

Please apply with the following documents: CV, a copy of certificates, a letter of motivation in which you explain on a maximum of two pages and in English why you would like to work on the research topic, a sample document of an academic thesis (e.g., Master’s thesis). Please submit your documents via e-mail in a single PDF file to Prof. Dr. Nicolas Rothen nicolas.rothen@fernuni.ch, who is also available for further information.

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