Job opportunity: PhD position at the Georg-August-University Göttingen and the German Primate Center Göttingen

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The Research Training Group RTG 2070 „Understanding Social Relationships“ (Speaker: Prof. Julia Fischer) at the Georg-August-University Göttingen and the German Primate Center Göttingen offers positions for

12 Ph.D. candidates (f/m) 
beginning on October 1st, 2018. The salary is in accordance with the German public service salary scale (E13 TV-L) with 65% of the regular working hours (currently 25.87 hours per week) for up to three years. The scientific disciplines involved in the RTG are Behavioral and Cognitive Biology, Psychology, and (Psycho-) Linguistics.
The research projects of the RTG focus on the social relationships of human and non-human primates. The common aim is to identify core principles explaining the development, maintenance and function of social relationships. Research is structured in the three domains “social signals”, “social monitoring” and “social coordination”, but specific emphasis will be laid upon the interplay between the domains.
Within the first domain “social signal”, project 2 (The development of communicative signals in sign languages and gesture) has a focus on sign languages. A brief description of the project can be found on
Ideal candidates have a background in one of the scientific disciplines (or related fields) represented in this RTG. 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 good M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) in Behavioral or Cognitive Biology, Psychology, Linguistics, Psycholinguistics or similar fields
• Very good English skills (written and spoken)
• Good statistical and analytical abilities are a plus (preferentially R or SPSS skills)
• In relation to the chosen project, experience in one or more of the following areas is beneficial: observational or experimental studies with human children or adults, deaf adult signers, or non-human primates in captive and / or field conditions, EEG, eye-tracking, individual differences, behavioral endocrinology
• Some projects include prolonged periods of fieldwork in Thailand or Senegal. Candidates interested in these projects must be physically fit and able to cope with field work conditions (working in remote areas, long working hours, intercultural challenges, etc.). Working experience in the field is beneficial.
• Some projects include the work with children and German skills are advantageous for those projects
The University of Göttingen and the German Primate Center are equal opportunities employers and place particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply as they are underrepresented in this field. Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude will be favored.
Detailed information on the application process, the research project and the training program are available at Candidates are required to indicate up to two preferred projects.
Please submit your application with the usual documents in electronic form via the Application Portal: by April 10th, 2018.
For further information please contact Dr. Rebecca Jürgens at the RTG coordination office (
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