PhD Position in Psychometrics/Statistics

University of Zürich


Department of Psychology

PhD Position in Psychometrics/Statistics (SNF Project)
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This position is available within the SNF project "Development of a Toolbox for Psychological Test Development" (PI: Dr. Rudolf Debelak) that is associated with the workgroup for Psychological Methods, Evaluation and Statistics at the University of Zurich. This workgroup is active and internationally connected in the fields of statistics and psychometrics. The research focus of the SNF project is the development of new statistical methods for the development and evaluation of psychological and educational tests and questionnaires.

Your responsibilities

The duties of the job holder include:

  • the development, validation, and application of new psychometric methods,

  • their implementation in the open-source software R, and

  • the presentation of research results in journal articles and at international conferences with a methodological focus, but also the communication of the results to and the cooperation with applied research groups.

The position is limited to three years. International applicants are expected to acquire a good working knowledge of the German language within one year. Language courses will be supported.

Your profile

Successful applicants have a master's degree in psychology with a strong emphasis on methodology or a master's degree in statistics or a related discipline with a strong interest in psychological research questions, a strong interest in or previous experience with Item Response Theory, good programming skills in R, as well as very good English language skills. Applications should include a cover letter, CV, copies of diplomas and a single-page summary of the topic of the master's thesis in English in a single pdf document.

What we offer

We offer varied and interesting work in an inspiring and socially relevant environment.

Diversity and inclusion are important to us.

The position is situated at the Department of Psychology at the University of Zurich and offers an outstanding work and research environment. For additional information about an employment at the University of Zurich please click here.

Place of work

Binzmühlestrasse 14, 8050 Zürich

Start of employment

Employment start date to be mutually agreed. Please submit your application by 02/12/2019.

Further information

Dr. Rudolf Debelak

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