Doctoral Position in Behavioral and Neuronal Correlates of Arithmetic Across the Lifespan

University of Tubingen Department of Psychology

Doctoral Position (m/f/d, E 13 TV-L, 75%)

Faculty of Science, Department of Psychology

Application deadline : 31.01.2022

The Department of Psychology at the University of Tuebingen invites applications for the following position within the DFG-funded project “The behavioral and neuronal correlates of arithmetic across the lifespan” (PI: Dr. Christina Artemenko) from the next possible starting date:

Doctoral Position (m/f/d, E 13 TV-L, 75%, duration of 3 years)

Arithmetic skills are acquired by children in school and are necessary for use in daily life well into old age. The processes underlying arithmetic processing seem to change during development: With increasing age, domain-general cognitive processes (e.g., working memory) decrease, while domain-specific numerical processes (e.g., magnitude processing) increase. This research project aims at investigating the processes underlying arithmetic across the lifespan — from primary school children up to older adults. In addition to behavioral methods, functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) will be used to study brain activation during arithmetic.

Who we are looking for:

  • successfully completed Master degree (or similar) in psychology, cognitive sciences, neuroscience, or a related subject
  • experience in experimental and/or neuroscientific research is desirable
  • good statistical analysis skills
  • ability to work independently; highly motivated
  • willingness to work cooperatively in a group
  • reliable and precise working style; willingness to learn 
  • interest in studies particularly with children and older adults
  • good knowledge of English; knowledge of German is desirable

What we offer:

  • conducting a PhD on a unique topic
  • interdisciplinary research at the interface between developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, neuroscience and educational science
  • intensive supervision and integration in a new, young, and dynamic team
  • support in academic writing and publication
  • opportunities to attend national and international conferences
  • research inspired by Open Science
  • training opportunities to support early career researchers
  • opportunities for teaching, if desired
  • integration in the LEAD Graduate School & Research Network (

The University of Tuebingen aims to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and therefore, urges suitably qualified women scientists to apply. Disabled persons with equal aptitude will be given preferential consideration. Employment will be carried out by the central administration of the University of Tuebingen.

Please submit your application (cover letter, CV, copies of degree certificates, applicable transcript of records, applicable thesis) electronically as a single PDF file to Dr. Christina Artemenko (christina.artemenkospam by 31st January 2021. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.