PhD Position in Organisational Psychology

University of Zurich Department of Psychology

Switzerland

Department of Psychology

Ph.D. Student in Work & Organisational Psychology
60 %

The Professorship of Applied Team Science (ATS) at the University of Zurich's Department of Psychology invites applications for one Ph.D. position. It is expected that the doctorate can be completed within 3-4 years. The position is part of the SNF (Swiss National Science Foundation) funded research project "Teamwork Under Pressure: Effective Team Processes During Extreme Events".
A significant personal contribution is expected for the acquisition of the doctorate.

We at the ATS lab study teams that often deal with extreme events (e.g., healthcare teams, firefighters, military teams and others) as well as teams working and living in extreme contexts like Antarctica. We aim to improve the scientific understanding of how teams successfully deal with challenging situations and translate this knowledge into practice to advance leaders, teams, and organisations.

To reach our goals, we conduct internationally recognised studies applying a multi-method approach. Our research combines perspectives from applied psychology, management, and organizational behavior. We observe teams in the field and experimental settings using quantitative and qualitative research methods.

In your Ph.D. project, you will perform field and lab studies to investigate how teams successfully deal with adverse events. For example, teams in extreme environments typically must manage pressing task demands (i.e., act) but simultaneously process emerging information, re-evaluate and make strategic decisions about the immediate future (i.e., think). You will investigate how teams can potentially counteract the adverse effects of high-pressure situations on team functioning. In your work, you'll research, among others, concepts like team reflexivity, leader inclusiveness or team decision making.

We are looking for candidates that are passionate about investigating teams in the field and collaborating closely with various industry partners. The Ph.D. project will be conducted in close collaboration with the chair and colleagues.

Your responsibilities

  • Developing and conducting a Ph.D. project in the area described above
  • Conceptualizing and conducting field studies and/or lab experiments
  • Analyzing data
  • Writing and publishing manuscripts in disciplinary and interdisciplinary international, peer-reviewed journals
  • Presenting your research at national and international conferences (e.g., EAWOP congress, Academy of Management, European Academy of Management)
  • Potential supervision of thematically fitting bachelor and master theses

Your profile

  • Master's degree in psychology, economics, or related fields
  • A strong interest in interdisciplinary teamwork and collaboration
  • You enjoy and are persistent in problem-solving, can work independently on a project, and can work under pressure
  • You are willing to acquire additional competencies (e.g., new research methods)
  • Excellent statistical and methodological knowledge in research methods is desirable
  • Previous experience working with teams or collaboration is desired
  • Excellent verbal and written English skills. German language (or willingness to learn) is required to interact with our industry partners

What we offer

  • You will have the unique opportunity to engage in a practically and theoretically relevant research project to advance our understanding of team functioning
  • This project will allow you to earn your Ph.D. (Dr. Phil.) at the renowned University of Zurich
  • We offer a dynamic, collaborative, and interdisciplinary research environment with many opportunities to develop your academic career – as such, you will be part of a newly established research group at the Professorship of Applied Team Science, working in close collaboration with the chair and two young researchers
  • You will have diverse opportunities for networking with international and interdisciplinary researchers as well as industry partners
  • Attractive employment according to SNF regulations, flexible working hours
  • The doctoral program of the University of Zurich's Department of Psychology will allow you to develop and strengthen your research skills
  • The University of Zurich is one of Switzerland's leading research universities with excellent working conditions, competitive salaries, and generous social benefits

Place of work

Department of Psychology, University of Zurich, Universität Zürich-Nord, Binzmühlestrasse, Zürich, Switzerland

Start of employment

Employment start date is December 1st, 2022, or later by agreement.
Applications will be considered until the positions is filled. Ideally submit your application before October 16th, 2022. Please enclose the following documents to your application:
  • CV (no picture)
  • Statement describing your motivation, personal qualifications, and research interests (1 page)
  • Grade lists
  • Master thesis
  • If available, publications
  • Not mandatory, but desirable are two independent reference letters that should be submitted directly by the person that wrote the reference via e-mail to Prof. Dr. Jan Schmutz (jan.schmutz@psychologie.uzh.ch)


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