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Open Research Position

Doctoral Researcher in Personality Psychology/Moral Psychology (m, f, d)
(Salary grade E 13 TV-L, 65%)

Chemnitz University of Technology invites applications for a doctoral position in the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC 1410) Hybrid Societies – Humans Interacting with Embodied Technologies. Employment is offered until December 31st, 2023 starting March 1st, 2020.

Research Environment and Tasks: Research in the CRC 1410 Hybrid Societies pertains to the interaction with Embodied Digital Technologies (EDTs) as artificial bodies moving in real or virtual environments ( Interdisciplinary research in the CRC is guided by two leading questions to ultimately ensure smooth and efficient encounters between humans and embodied technologies in hybrid societies: What is required so that humans can coordinate with EDTs as smoothly as with conspecifics? How to design EDTs to meet these requirements? Cooperating researchers from psychology, engineering, computer science, human movement science, linguistics and gesture studies, sociology, law studies, physics, and mathematics scientifically inquire the interaction of humans with EDTs from the level of single actions up to the attribution of intentionality.

Project Responsibility in Hybrid Societies examines the overarching question of responsible action of humans and EDTs in hybrid societies. Can the existing approaches and models adequately capture the decisions and actions of EDTs, or are new concepts of responsibility needed? The project will examine the prerequisites of responsible behaviour of humans and EDTs, combining three perspectives - legal, psychological, and socio-interactive – in order to develop an integrated framework model for responsible action of humans and EDTs which allows the concept of legal responsibility in particular to be redefined in such a way that it meets the complex challenges of hybrid societies.

As part of an interdisciplinary team, the successful applicant will be responsible for the implementation and reporting of the tasks concerning the psychological perspective of the project including conceptual work, a qualitative interview study, and empirical studies.

Researchers in the CRC Hybrid Societies contribute to the CRC’s joint research activities and actively participate, for instance, in research colloquia, lecture series, and workshops. The doctoral position includes the enrollment in the CRC's doctoral program.


  • University degree (Master/Diploma or equivalent) in Psychology
  • Scientific background in Personality Psychology and Psychological Assessment
  • Solid methodological competencies
  • Strong interest in Moral Psychology, Open Science Practices, and interdisciplinary work
  • Fluent in English (both written and spoken)

Application procedure:

Applicants should send their complete application documents including a motivation letter (1 page) with a brief description of personal qualifications and research interests, a tabular curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificates and academic transcripts, a publication list if applicable, and abstracts of Bachelor- and Master-/diploma theses (1-2 pages) preferably as a single pdf-file via email (stating: “CRC1410_E02_psych”) to . The closing date for applications is February 12th 2020. Please, do not include links in electronic applications. Please, send copies only. Original documents will not be returned.


Chemnitz University of Technology
Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences – Institute of Psychology
Professorship of Personality Psychology and Psychological Assessment
Prof. Dr. Anja Strobel
09107 Chemnitz

Chemnitz University of Technology is committed to ensuring an environment that provides equal opportunities and promotes diversity. To increase the number of women working in science and teaching, applications by women with the required qualifications are explicitly desired. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. They will be given preference if equally qualified.

Employment will be governed by the provisions of the German law on fixed-term contracts in academia (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz).

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