Developmental Origins of Human Normativity, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

The newly funded International Junior Research Group on the Developmental Origins of Human Normativity at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich invites applications for 3 PhD positions (65% position, 3 years, salary scale “TV-L E13”) starting in October 2015. The Junior Research Group is directed by Dr. Marco F. H. Schmidt and is part of the Department of Psychology at LMU Munich


In our group, we study the developmental origins of human social cognition, in particular, normativity and its interrelations with epistemology and prosociality. Empirical methods include interactive behavioral paradigms and eye-tracking experiments.


Candidates should hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Psychology or a related discipline, and have a strong interest in developing their own research projects within the broad theme of the group. Excellent German language skills are strongly desirable. Research experience in experimental studies with infants or children is advantageous, but not necessary.        


Interested candidates should submit via e-mail (subject: “PhD normativity”) the following to Marco Schmidt ( by April 15, 2015: a CV, a brief research statement, and two (or more) e-mail addresses of potential referees. LMU Munich is an equal opportunity employer.


The Junior Research Group is part of the Munich Center of the Learning Sciences and affiliated with the international doctoral program “Reason – Scientific Reasoning and Argumentation” at LMU Munich, which offers excellent opportunities for scholarly exchange, in particular, with the developmental, educational, and cognitive neuroscience communities including, inter alia, Prof. Dr. Beate Sodian, Prof. Dr. Markus Paulus, Prof. Dr. Frank Fischer, and Prof. Dr. Hermann Müller. 


For more information or questions, please contact Marco Schmidt ( More information on the Munich Center of the Learning Sciences and its doctoral programs can be found at:


The Junior Research Group is funded by the Elite Network of Bavaria (, an initiative of the Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science, and the Arts.