The Chair of Developmental Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology is looking for a 

Postdoctoral research associate (m,f,x) for 4 years, 39.83 hours per week, TVL E13

The developmental psychology lab is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to conduct research on infant sleep in the newly established infant sleep hub (NAP). The goals of NAP are to gain a deeper understanding on infant sleep by fostering interdisciplinary collaborations and inclusion of stakeholders from the public, and to translate scientific findings for use in everyday life and practice. NAP is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. We are looking for a highly motivated sleep researcher with expertise in conducting and analysing sleep studies that include EEG recordings with infants. The ideal candidate has some experience with interdisciplinary work, an interest in science communication, and at least basic knowledge of the German language.

extent: full-time
duration: temporary
beginning: as soon as possible
application deadline:

Your tasks:

  • Design, conduct, analyse, and write up studies on infant sleep for publication, with a focus on EEG studies
  • Train and supervise other lab members, research assistants, undergraduate and postgraduate students in the use of sleep EEG
  • Engage with national and international collaboration partners during the entire research process
  • Present at internal and external symposia and scientific conferences
  • Regularly contribute to outreach and science communication

Your profile:

  • You are an enthusiastic sleep researcher with a keen interest in the role of sleep for development in the first years of life
  • You are experienced in conducting, analysing, and writing up EEG sleep studies with infants, as evidenced by relevant peer-reviewed publications
  • You have a PhD in psychology or a related discipline (e.g., developmental cognitive neuroscience)
  • Ideally, you are fluent in German (alternatively, you commit to complete German language courses) and you speak and write English fluently
  • You are a highly motivated team player who enjoys engaging with researchers from different backgrounds and disciplines
  • You are interested in science communication and in engagement with members from the public
  • You are capable of and motivated to train fellow lab members, research assistants, and students in the use of sleep EEG and data analysis

Our offerings:

  • a stimulating research environment that includes laboratories equipped for using a variety of methods (eye tracking, thermal imaging, behavioral observations; stationary and mobile sleep EEG, actigraphy) 
  • opportunities for collaboration with national and international sleep researchers, including research stays at collaborating labs
  • opportunities to engage in science communication
  • challenging and varied tasks with a high degree of personal responsibility
  • cooperative work in a committed, international and supportive team

Additional information:

At the request of the applicant (m,f,x), the staff council may be involved in selection interviews.

If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.

The position is offered as part of a project funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.

German language courses are offered by the University Language Center (ZfA) in the field of German as a Foreign Language (DaF).

You can find information about TVL at:

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research universities, addressing the whole range of academic disciplines. A highly dynamic setting enables researchers and students to work across the traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. To create knowledge networks within and beyond the university is RUB’s declared aim.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum stands for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective professional areas. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum expressly requests job applications from women. In areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

Contact details for your application:

Prof. Dr. Sabine Seehagen, Phone: +49234 32 22672

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see:

We are looking forward to receiving your application with the specification 3274 until 10.06.2024, sent by e-mail to If there are any questions about the position, please feel free to get in touch with Sabine Seehagen using the same email address. Information on the developmental psychology lab can be found here:

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