The position

The position is linked to a project on social-cognitive development led by Hannes Rakoczy (University of Göttingen) and Tobias Schuwerk (LMU, Munich) and funded by the German Science Foundation. The project investigates the development of implicit and explicit forms of Theory of Mind in infancy, early childhood and across the lifespan.

The project is part of the international multi-lab “ManyBabies2” project dedicated to systematically investigating the replicability and validity of infant Theory of Mind measures ( The postdoctoral researcher will take a leading role in designing her own research program, in theory building, designing and conducting experimental work with children and adults in the local project in Göttingen and Munich.

In the ManyBabies2 project, the postdoctoral researcher will act as the scientific coordinator of the consortium and will play a crucial role in coordinating experiments and big data analyses across labs worldwide. The postdoctoral researcher will closely collaborate with the Executive Director and the governing board of the general ManyBabies consortium, and has the opportunity to participate in a rich cooperation with Psychological Science Accelerator and related open science and meta-science institutions worldwide.


Master and PhD degrees in Psychology, Cognitive Science or a related field are required. Candidates should have an outstanding track record in research in cognitive development or related fields, ideally with experience in experimentation with infants and children. Candidates need to have excellent methodological skills, ideally involving experience with eyetracking and looking-time techniques, and excellent programming and statistical skills (especially R), ideally involving big data and meta-analytical methods. German language skills are desirable.


The position (TV-L E 13, 100%) is available from April 2022 (start date flexible) and is for 5 years. Candidates should apply electronically to  (subject: “Post-Doc”; please send the mail CC to ). Please submit a cover letter explaining your motivation and fit, a CV, two samples of written work and contact information of three potential referees for letters of recommendation. Review of materials will begin on January 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Göttingen values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in fields in which they are underrepresented. The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The mission of the University is to employ a greater number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference. 

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