Postdoc Position in Motivation and Adult Development

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher in the area of motivation and adult development to join the Developmental Psychology: Adulthood Laboratory, headed by Alexandra M. Freund, in the Department of Psychology at the University of Zurich (Switzerland).

Research in the lab primarily involves the investigation of the development of motivational processes in adulthood using a multi-method approach spanning experimental, behavioral, physiological, and self-report methods (for more information on our research, see:

The postdoc would work with Prof. Freund on one of the following topics: (1) the role of context for motivational processes across adulthood, (2) the development of prosociality across adulthood, (3) processes of exhaustion and recovery across adulthood.

The appointment is for two years (with the possibility of a renewal) with a start in Febuary 2022. The annual salary is based on the Swiss public pay scale (approx. 70,000 Swiss francs). The ideal candidate holds a Ph.D. in psychology and has extensive research experience in the field of motivation and adult development, very good methodological and statistical skills,
publication experience in peer-reviewed journals, and a willingness and ability to work in a team.

International applications are strongly encouraged. Basic knowledge of German is helpful, but not required.

To apply, submit a cover letter (about 2 pages) describing your interest in and potential approach to investigating one of the three possible topics (motivation in context, prosociality, exhaustion and recovery across adulthood), as well as your general career goals, together with your curriculum vitae, and reprints of two of your articles in one pdf file to: In addition, two letters of recommendation should be emailed directly by the letter writers to the same address. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Please contact Prof. Freund if you require more information about the position.

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University of Zurich, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Alexandra M. Freund

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