PhD student

University of Bern
April 07, 2023
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PhD student

The division Psychology of Digitalisation of the Institute of Psychology at University of Bern is looking for a motivated PhD student starting July 1st, 2023.

The division's main research interests are 1) Behavior research methods and meta-science, 2) Media use and media effects, 3) IT security and privacy.

This doctoral position is part of the research project “Informational self- determination in digital health apps” conducted in collaboration with the division Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (Prof. Thomas Berger). In this project, the division Psychology of Digitalisation aims to develop and evaluate new approaches to improve transparency of and control over the processing of sensitive data in digital health apps. The division Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy aims to offer patients fully anonymous digital health apps and study their preferences, as well as the clinical use of such apps in a clinical trial. The doctoral position in the division Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy is advertised separately.

The project duration is 4 years.


  • Concept development for comprehensible display of information relevant to data security and privacy, to improve patient informational self- determination
  • Planning and execution of empirical data collection to evaluate such concepts
  • Scientific publishing in international journals
  • Preparing and documenting data for robust, replicable research
  • Optionally, teaching classes within the division's main interests
  • Requirements

  • Master degree (or on the verge of obtaining it) in psychology, cognitive science, or a related behavioral science with very good grades
  • Ideally, experience in empirical research
  • Profound interest in research methods and design is required and should be demonstrated in the application
  • Ability to work independently and in teams
  • Very good command of English
  • Very good of command of German is a plus
  • Knowledge in R is a plus
  • The division embraces the values of open science and strives for replicable and reproducible research. For this goal we support transparent research with open data, open material, and preregistrations. Applicants are asked to describe their previous experience with these research practices and/or how they will pursue them in their cover letter
  • We offer

  • Sophisticated and diverse tasks in an exciting research project
  • Flexible working hours, home office possible
  • Employment conditions of the canton Bern
  • For further information on the position, please contact Prof. Dr. Malte Elson.

    Please send your application with all usual documents (Letter of motivation, CV, transcripts of records, diplomas, and certificates) as well as a piece of your own scientific writing (e.g., a graduation thesis)



    Simone Stäheli


    31 March 2023


    We are looking forward to your application.


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