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PhD position in Psychology available within the Consumer Decision and Sustainable Behavior Lab at the University of Geneva

We are seeking applications for a 3-year PhD position within the Consumer Decision and Sustainable Behavior Lab (www.unige.ch/fapse/decisionlab) at the Department of Psychology, University of Geneva (Director: Prof. Tobias Brosch). The position is embedded within the project “Cognitive, affective, and behavioral dynamics of the environmental self” funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The successful candidate will investigate cognitive and affective mechanisms underlying environmental and moral decision-making based on a multi-methodological approach.

Content: The research project aims to significantly contribute to the understanding of cognitive and affective mechanisms that shape environmental decision-making and behavior. It is envisaged to examine how environmental self-attributes are cognitively embedded within individuals’ set of attributes that collectively shape their selves. This cognitive perspective will be complemented by investigating the relevance of affective processes in decision-making within and beyond the environmental domain (in particular the moral domain). The applied paradigms will be transferred into the field to increase the validity of laboratory findings. The successful candidate will apply a variety of psychological paradigms based on online, laboratory, and field settings to investigate the theoretical framework. Thereby, subjective self-reports will be combined with objective psychophysiological and behavioral data in cross-sectional and longitudinal designs.

Requirements: Applicants should have an excellent master’s degree in psychology, very good methodological and statistical skills as well as a strong interest in environmental and moral topics. Experience in conducting psychophysiological laboratory studies and/or field studies is an asset. Furthermore, applicants should be firmly dedicated to a scientific career and be willing to work in an interdisciplinary environment. Excellent oral and written skills in English are required as well as good knowledge of French (or the willingness to learn French quickly).

Benefits: The successful candidate will benefit from the rich interdisciplinary environment of the National Center of Competence in Research in Affective Sciences (http://www.affective-sciences.org) and the Competence Center for Research in Energy, Society and Transition (http://www.sccer-crest.ch). Salary will start at about CHF 47’000 (before taxes and social charges). Additional resources to fund conference travel are available. Geneva is located between the Alps, the Jura, and Lake Geneva, and is noted for its international character and high quality of life.

Applications: Interested applicants are asked to send a cover letter outlining their interest in the project and their motivation to pursue a PhD, their CV and certifications (or transcript of grades), previous publications (if any) and two letters of recommendation to ulf.hahnel@unige.ch

Review of applications will begin on May 15 and will continue until the position is filled. Earliest starting date is September 1, 2016. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for further inquiries (ulf.hahnel@unige.ch).

Postdoctoral position available at the University of Geneva

We are seeking applicants for a postdoctoral position within the Consumer Decision and Sustainable Behavior Lab (www.unige.ch/fapse/decisionlab) at the Department of Psychology, University of Geneva (Director: Prof. Tobias Brosch). The successful candidate will develop and conduct research investigating the neural mechanisms involved in sustainable decision-making. The position is embedded in a large-scale research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
 
Content: The research project aims at developing a comprehensive model of the cognitive (values, beliefs, heuristics, cognitive biases) and affective (emotions, affective biases) determinants of energy-related decision-making. The main goal of the project is to develop theory-based interventions to promote energy efficiency and conservation behavior in multiple decision domains such as frequently repeating decisions, purchase decisions, and political voting behavior. The successful candidate will take on an essential part in the project, focusing on elucidating the neural mechanisms underlying these decision processes, as well as testing the potential of intervention strategies by means of neuroimaging methods (mainly fMRI).
 
Requirements: Applicants should have completed a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline (i.e. neuroscience, neuroeconomics, psychology) and should have a promising publication record, very good methodological and statistical skills concerning the acquisition and analysis of fMRI data, as well as a strong interest in decision-making and environmental topics. Furthermore, applicants should have a strong dedication to a scientific career, excellent oral and written skills in English, and some knowledge of French (or the willingness to learn French quickly).
 
Benefits: The successful candidate will profit from the rich interdisciplinary environment of the National Center of Competence in Research in Affective Sciences (www.affective-sciences.org) and the Competence Center for Research in Energy, Society and Transition (www.sccer-crest.ch). Annual salary levels will start at about CHF 81’000 (before taxes and social charges). Additional resources to fund conference travel are available. Geneva is located between the Alps, the Jura, and Lake Geneva, and is noted for its international character and high quality of life.
 
Applications: Interested applicants are asked to send a letter of motivation, a brief outline of a research project they would like to pursue in the lab, their CV and publication list, and two letters of recommendation to tobias.brosch@unige.ch. Review of applications will begin on May 15, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. Please don’t hesitate to contact tobias.brosch@unige.ch for further inquiries.