Postdoctoral position in Developmental Social Cognition, Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen

The Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a 3-year postdoctoral position in the Centre for Early Childhood Cognition, starting 1st of November 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position is for 34 months.

Job description
The successful candidate will work as part of a project entitled “The role of infants’ emerging self-perspective in memory development” funded by the Danish Independent Research Fund (DFF), under the supervision of PI Dr. Dora Kampis. The longitudinal project will investigate the emerging understanding of self-other perspective and its role in episodic/source memory development (for more info visit: The successful candidate will take responsibility for designing, implementing, and leading investigations with children between 1-3.5 years of age, involving eye-tracking, looking time, and interactive measures, with the possibility to include EEG. There will be scope for the candidate to influence the direction of the project, depending on their own interests.

It is expected that the successful candidate will work collaboratively with other members of the lab, and to support one another. The successful candidate will be expected to disseminate the output of the project by attending international conferences and writing manuscripts, and contribute to daily lab-life, including taking part in reading groups and theoretical discussion. It is also expected that the successful candidate be willing to mentor younger members of the lab, including PhD students, interns, and student research assistants. Finally, depending on teaching needs of the department, the postdoc may be requested to contribute to the teaching of undergraduate students (up to 20% of the time).

Qualification requirements
The candidate must have obtained a PhD degree in Cognitive Science, Psychology, Neuroscience or a related discipline prior to the beginning of employment. The preferred candidate will have excellent theoretical knowledge of the field of early cognition, in particular the current state of research and theory on development of social cognition and/or memory development.

The ideal candidate would have experience with conducting experiments with infants and/or preschoolers, using both interactive and screen-based methods, including eye tracking, and good data analysis skills. Knowledge of programming (e.g., in Matlab and R), advanced statistical methods such as path analysis, and longitudinal designs would be an advantage.

The candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills, and, in particular, be comfortable interacting with infants and their parents. We expect the candidate to have good collaborative skills, as well as skills in the realm of verbal and written communication in English, as evidenced by a promising publication record. The candidate must have an international outlook, be able to work independently and proactively, and be committed to open and reproducible science. Danish language proficiency is not a requirement.

For further details about the qualification requirements for postdocs, please refer to the job structure for Academic Staff at Universities 2013:

Submit the application online in Adobe PDF or Word format.

Please click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of this page.

The application must be written in English and include the following enclosures:

  • Application letter/cover letter, including details of how the project’s research focus fits with the candidate’s interests, background, and future plans (max 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae (with applicant’s e-mail)
  • Documentation of qualifications (PhD diploma)
  • Complete list of publications. Applicants may choose a maximum of three publications for assessment. The selected publications must be marked with * and must be uploaded as attachments and listed from 1 to 3.
  • Contact information for up to 2 referees (to be contacted if shortlisted)

Only materials submitted in English can be expected to be assessed.

Appointment procedure
After the application deadline, the Head of Department selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the appointment committee.  All applicants are notified whether their application has been accepted for assessment. The Dean subsequently appoints an expert assessment committee tasked with carrying out an assessment of the selected applicants for the specific post. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. Applicants are ultimately offered the opportunity of commenting on the part of the assessment relating to themselves before the appointment is finalized.

Salary and conditions of employment
Terms of appointment and salary will be in accordance with an agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The salary range starts at DKK 36,200 (EUR 4.800) + a 17,1 % contribution to the pension scheme. It is possible to negotiate salary supplements on an annual basis.

The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) have further agreed on a protocol that makes it possible for international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, whereby the pension contribution will be paid out as salary. For more information about the different pension schemes, please read more here:

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH here :, and

UCPH wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.

International applicant?
The University of Copenhagen offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including support before and during your relocation and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about these services as well as information on entering and working in Denmark here:

Contact Information
For further information about the position, please contact Dora Kampis, e-mail: For information on the Centre for Early Childhood Cognition, please visit:

Further information about the application procedure is available from HR officer, e-mail: Please refer to ID number 211-1454/23-2I #1

The closing date for applications is 01.07.2023, 23:59 (CEST)
Applicants must submit the application electronically no later than 1 July 2023 at 23.59 (CEST). 

Applicants can amend their application after submission up until the application deadline.

Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered.




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Application deadline: 01-07-2023
Employment start: 01-11-2023
Department/Location: Institut for Psykologi
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