Department of Psychology
PhD student "Development of Adolescents' Metacognitive Control Skills"
At the Department of Psychology at the University of Zurich, an SNF-funded
project on the development of adolescents' metacognition has recently started.
A team of researchers will work on this project from 2023 - 2028.
As a PhD Student, your key responsibilities are:
Active participation in research design and longitudinal data collection.
You will play an important role in the coordination of the longitudinal
project in close collaboration with the other team members, which involves
designing and piloting research materials, ensuring adherence to ethical
research standards, maintaining detailed records, and facilitating
communication among researchers and practicioners.
Analysis of (longitudinal) data collected throughout the project. This
involves using advanced statistical techniques to unravel patterns of
development in monitoring and control skills over time. You are encouraged
to participate in courses and to continously educate yourself about
cutting-edge methods in longitudinal data analysis.
Academic dissemination. One of your main responsibilities is to
collaborate on the writing of research articles, to disseminate the
project's findings and insights. Moreover, you will present your work at
research meetings and conferences. You will also assist in organizing and
coordinating events to promote knowledge sharing and collaboration. Your
work will result in a PhD dissertation describing your research questions,
findings, and insights you obtained during your 4-years work on the
A Master's degree in Psychology or a closely related field.
A strong interest in (meta)cognitive development, longitudinal research,
and educational research.
Excellent organizational skills, project management skills, and attention
A high proficiency in academic writing and communication in German and
Advanced statistical skills and experience with statistical software,
Experience in designing research tasks, including basic computer
What we offer
We offer varied and interesting work in an inspiring environment. As a part of
our team, you will actively contribute to innovative research in a
collaborative and intellectually stimulating research environment. You will
benefit from expert guidance and mentorship provided by experienced
researchers in the field. We offer resources to stimulate (inter)national
networking and to pursue further education and specialization in research
methods and design, statistical techniques, and academic writing. As PhD
student, you will take part in the International Max Planck Research School on
the Life Course (a joint international PhD Program of the Max Planck
Institute for Human Development, the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt-
Universität zu Berlin, the University of Michigan, the University of Virginia,
and the University of Zurich).
Place of work
Binzmühlestrasse 14, 8050 Zürich, Switzerland
Start of employment
Employment start to be mutually agreed. Please submit your application by
October 2, 2023.
Please send a motivation letter, your CV, the contact details of 2 references,
and a copy of your master's degree to [email protected].