Eight scholarships for Ph.D programme from the DFG Research Training Group “Statistical Modeling in Psychology”


he SMiP group is a transregional collaboration of thirteen renowned behavioral researchers from five German universities: University of Mannheim, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, University of Koblenz-Landau at Landau, and Eberhard Karls University Tübingen. The SMiP group aims to overcome a persistent and growing challenge in behavioral research, namely, the gap between substantive research in basic and applied fields of psychology and latest developments in statistical modeling and psychometrics.  

Applicants must hold a very good research-oriented Master’s degree in Psychology and should have great interest in approaching substantive research questions by means of statistical modeling. This can entail applying existing models or developing new models. As the official language of the SMiP group is English, language proficiency in oral and written English is essential. 

Ph.D. projects can be assigned to three thematic areas: (1) cognition and social cognition, (2) motivation and affect, and (3) individual differences. 

(1) Examples for statistical modeling in “cognition and social cognition” are models for disentangling memory retrieval processes or evidence accumulation models of decision making. Models are developed to test and revise substantive cognitive and social-cognitive theories (e.g., processing accounts of priming, dual-process theories of attitudes, theories of social memory).

(2) Research questions in the area “motivation and affect” refer to affective experiences and affect regulation, work-related processes (e.g., job stressor perceptions, recovery from work), as well as properties of assessment methods (e.g., compliance in ambulatory assessment, assessment of sensitive attributes).

(3) Ph.D. projects on “individual differences” can focus on interindividual differences in personality or cognition, or on the interplay between individual differences in one domain (e.g., personality) and other fields of psychological research (e.g., processing strategy in judgment situations or memory tasks).

The Ph.D. program starting in October 2018 supports and accelerates work on the Ph.D. projects: It entails 6 semesters of courses, skill trainings, and workshops instructed by renowned experts in the respective fields. The SMiP group provides scientific contact and exchange with successful researchers world-wide and supports visits to external labs in research groups abroad. Travel support, your own office space, IT equipment, and access to laboratory facilities are included.

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 Application deadline: 30 April 2018