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Postdoctoral Researcher in Youth Mental Health (80-100%)

Published 2024-05-17

Postdoctoral Researcher in Youth Mental Health (80-100%)
Starting date between August and October 2024

The Faculty of Psychology is one of seven faculties of the oldest university in Switzerland. With our core focus on Society & Choice and Health & Interventions, we are successful both nationally and internationally in our research and study programs.

The newly established division of Youth Mental Health investigates mental health and the emergence of psychopathology with a focus on transdiagnostic symptoms of emotional dysregulation in children and adolescents. We use multimodal methodology, i.e., a combination of clinical, experimental, neurobiological, and ambulatory assessments to lay a foundation for innovative prevention.

Your assignments

  • Joint planning, coordination, and implementation of research projects in alignment with the focus areas of the division
  • Use of existing datasets to conduct advanced statistical analyses, including meta-analyses, to gain valuable insights into youth mental health
  • Documentation and training of staff and students in solutions for data collection and analysis
  • Coordination of professional exchange and workshops on best practices/open science
  • Collaboration in national and international partnerships
  • Presentation of research findings at (inter)national conferences and in international journals
  • Teaching activities, supervision of bachelor and master theses
  • Conceptualization, acquisition, and documentation of third-party funded projects, including the preparation of interim and final reports

Your profile

  • PhD in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field (to be completed by the time of employment)
  • Interest in the research focus areas of the division for Youth Mental Health
  • Very good knowledge of statistical analysis methods (e.g., multilevel models, structural equation modeling, machine learning) and statistical software (e.g., R, Mplus)
  • Proficiency in English language (both written and spoken)
  • Interest in teaching, experience in student supervision (Bachelor’s and Master’s theses)
  • Experience in planning, conducting, and analyzing intensive longitudinal and/or smartphone-based studies are desirable
  • Experience in identifying and utilizing existing datasets, in collaboration with international research teams, is an advantage
  • Experience with prevention and interventions and/or clinical experiences are a plus
  • Ability to work in a team, communication skills, organizational skills
  • Reliable and dedicated work ethic

We offer you

  • Opportunity to conduct independent research, pursue further academic qualification and the acquisition of third-party funding
  • Involvement in the research group's projects as well as national and international collaboration opportunities
  • Access to state-of-the-art behavioral, experimental and psychophysiology laboratory
  • Development of academic, teaching and interdisciplinary competencies
  • Engaged and frequent supervision
  • Employment conditions according to University guidelines for postdoctoral researchers
  • The position is initially limited to 2 years, with the option of extension for a maximum of 4 years in total.

Application / Contact

We value diversity in our team and are committed to fostering an inclusive work environment. Therefore, we encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds and life experiences.

We look forward to receiving your application documents:

  • Motivation letter (incl. preferred work percentage, 80% or fulltime) addressed to Prof. Dr. Ines Mürner-Lavanchy
  • Curriculum vitae including list of research output (publications, conference papers/presentations, code, datasets)
  • Relevant certificates
  • Names and contact information of two references

Please submit these documents via the online portal; applications through other channels will not be considered. The job advertisement will be open until 16th of June 2024, but it may be closed early in case of significant interest. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

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