Doctoral Position in Education Sciences and Psychology
University of Tubingen Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences

3-year doctoral position (m/f/d, E 13 TV-L, 75%)

Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology

Application deadline : 29.09.2022

The Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology (HIB) is currently inviting applications for the following position:

3-year doctoral position (m/f/d) on  
Affective Science and Education 
(75 %, E 13 TV-L1)

We are seeking an excellent doctoral candidate who is motivated to work on an interdisciplinary field of affective science and education research. The primary supervisor will be Professor Michiko Sakaki, the PI of Affect and Learning Sciences lab at the Hector Institute of Educational Sciences and Psychology. Applicants can come from any of the following (or related) fields: cognitive science, psychophysiology, experimental psychology, educational psychology, social/personality psychology, neuroimaging, psychoneuroendocrinology, and aging (life-long learning). We especially give priority to researchers having expertise working with data from humans (not animal models), fMRI data collection/analysis, experimental programming and/or physiological data.

The position comes with a contract for 3 years. The expected start date is January 2023 but we are highly flexible and committed to accommodating candidates’ individual circumstances. 

The successful candidate is expected to combine research on affective sciences with education sciences based on his/her expertise. This could take a variety of forms, and the successful candidate is expected to design and implement studies together with PI and other researchers at the Hector Research Institute. 

The PhD candidate will benefit from unique opportunities, including:

  • Close collaboration, mentoring, and professional development from a supervisory team 
  • Work with an inspiring, multidisciplinary, and international team that includes many other talented PhD candidates
  • Supportive environment to enable presentations at national and international conferences and publications in highly ranked journals to advance an (international) academic career
  • Opportunities for interdisciplinary and international exchange programs (e.g., lab visits)
  • Access to the LEAD Research Network (

Graduates (and applicants about to graduate) with a master’s degree in psychology, education sciences, or a related field (described above) with excellent grades and a strong interest in research from interdisciplinary perspectives are encouraged to apply. Experience and interest in quantitative research methodologies (using R, Mplus, etc.) and/or experimental programming (e.g., Matlab; Java script) is desirable. Proficiency in German language is also desirable. We also encourage applications from those who do not feel fully qualified: If we find the candidates very promising, there is possibility that we suggest to offer a training period before starting the PhD program. 

The successful candidate will be mainly supervised by Professor Michiko Sakaki. Our group aims to examine the interaction between emotions and learning using various techniques, including longitudinal survey studies, experimental approaches, experience sampling, neuroimaging, computational modeling and psychophysiological measures. The Hector Research Institute is a nationally and internationally leading research center in education sciences and psychology. Our interdisciplinary team works in a well-equipped building close to the historic old town of Tübingen, Germany. Our team will collaborate within the institute continuing these traditions and also supplement them with a diverse array of methodological approaches. More information can be found at

For further inquiries about the position, please reach out to Professor Michiko Sakaki (michiko.sakakispam

Applications including a cover letter detailing (1) your past project(s) and methodological skills, and (2) what type of project you think you can make an unique contribution to the research on affective science and education, a CV, degree and other certificates with transcripts should be sent via email in one single pdf-file stating “PhD Emotion” in subject line to jobsspam application deadline is September 29, 2022. Disabled candidates will be given preference over other equally qualified applicants. The University seeks to raise the number of women in research and teaching and therefore urges qualified women to apply for these positions. Employment will be officially organized by the central university administration.

1 According to the general pay scale of German universities, the salary will be “E 13TV-L”. This corresponds to a monthly salary of at least EUR 3.141 (75% position, gross pay, before tax). After taxes as a single (i.e. not married or living with a life partner; no children), the monthly salary is at least EUR 2.017 (net salary after taxes and health insurance payments). Your income will increase annually if you remain employed. Information regarding cost of living in Tübingen: 

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