W3- Professorship "Early Childhood Development"
University of Leipzig, Faculty of Education

At the Faculty of Education the following professorship is to be filled on 01.04.2020:


The job holder should represent the subject "Early Child Development" in research and teaching, taking into account psychological and interdisciplinary perspectives. The general willingness to take over the direction of the Leipzig Research Center for Early Child Development (LFE) is expected. The post holder must be internationally recognized in at least two of the following research areas:

  • Social interaction in childhood
  • Development of communicative skills
  • Cognitive development
  • Social learning / social-cognitive development
  • Emotional development

The position holder should investigate these focal points with the help of quantitative and experimental methods (eg experimental behavioral studies, reaction time studies, eye-tracking). Furthermore, an expertise in the application of peripheral-physiological measures (eg pupillometry, EMG, skin conductance), neurophysiological measures (eg EEG, fNIRS) or cultural or comparative art experimental studies is desirable. International experience, experience in the acquisition of third-party funding, the ability to conduct courses in English and the interest and willingness to participate in interdisciplinary research projects (eg clinical psychology, pedagogical psychology, philosophy, or cognitive neuroscience) are assumed ,

The chair is a core working group at the LFE at the Faculty of Education. The LFE bundles the expertise in early childhood development at the University of Leipzig and throughout Germany and cooperates closely with other research centers in Leipzig, such as the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the University Hospital Leipzig.

The tasks of the job holder include:

  • Further development of the LFE (eg further networking with other faculties and international cooperation partners, development of interdisciplinary exchange and qualification formats)
  • Initiation and coordination of international and national joint projects in the field of early childhood development research
  • Head of the International Master's Program Early Childhood Research (ECR) at the Faculty of Education and lectures
  • Carrying out excellent international research

We offer the post holder a stimulating, interdisciplinary, and international research and teaching environment with diverse development and cooperation opportunities at a location that not only has a long tradition of psychological research, but is increasingly becoming the center of childhood-related research in Germany developed.

Rights and obligations of the job holder arise from the Sächsische Hochschulfreiheitsgesetz (SächsHSFG) and the Sächsische Dienstaufgabenverordnung (DAVOHS). Applicants must fulfill the conditions for appointment according to § 58 SächsHSFG.

The University of Leipzig attaches great importance to the professional equality of women and men.

Handicapped persons are invited to apply and preferably given equal qualifications.

Applications should be accompanied by the usual documents (accompanied by a list of academic papers and teaching, including evidence of evaluation, a certified copy of the highest academic diploma and proof of qualification for the area of appeal) in printed and electronic form (a single pdf file) please by 25th October 2019 :

University of Leipzig
Dean of the Faculty of Education
Prof. Dr. med. Simone Reinhold
Marschnerstr. 31
04109 Leipzig


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Application deadline:

October 25, 2019

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