The Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), invites candidates for a postdoctoral position in Behavioral Change Interventions in Immersive Virtual Reality on the topic of Vaccine Hesitancy from 1st of March 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The position is for 1 year, with the possibility of prolongation.

Professor Robert Böhm (https://copsy.dk/) and associate prof. Guido Makransky (https://www.virtuallearninglab.net/) have recently secured funding for the project “Communicating Herd Immunity using Virtual Reality to Decrease Vaccine Hesitancy” in cooperation with prof. Christian Holz from ETH Zurich (https://www.christianholz.net/) to decrease vaccine hesitancy by developing and using virtual reality (VR) simulations to communicate the importance of herd immunity (HI) and, thus, having people experience HI from a first-person perspective. The post-doc will work in a dynamic and interdisciplinary team on a highly relevant topic. The goals of the research are to systematically investigate the potential and optimal design of immersive experiences using experimental designs, and to ultimately develop a simulation that can be used broadly in a large sample of citizens. 

The postdoc will work at the Department of Psychology (https://psychology.ku.dk/) at the University of Copenhagen. The post-doc will specifically work with member of the CoPSY and virtual learning lab groups who offer a positive, friendly, and energetic working environment. The department is located in the center of Copenhagen.  

Duties and Responsibilities
The postdoc will be primarily responsible for conducting research studies related to the VR simulations which will take place at the University of Copenhagen in the first phase of the project and at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin in the second phase of the project. The postdoc will participate in the planning of the studies, be involved in simulation and experimental design, and be the main person responsible for the experiments where they will work with another post-doc, the three professors and supervise students to ensure that we get high quality data that can lead to high impact research.

Your Competencies and Opportunities
The candidate must have obtained a Phd degree in educational or social psychology, human computer interaction, behavioral science or a related field. A strong quantitative methods background as well as the proven ability to write high quality academic papers are requirements. The ability to program including unity is an advantage but not a requirement. Finally, it is extremely important that you are a team player who is positive and enthusiastic as we are a constructive, helpful reseach group with good energy and we want to ensure that we maintain and build a dynamic and engaging working environment. The project is attractive because there is a high probability that it will run for several years, it is on a highly relevant topic, using innovative methods and technology, and it provides the opportunity to work within a highly qualified multidisciplianary and internationally forcused research group, with the opportunity to publish many high quality research papers.

Strategy of the Faculty of the Social Sciences
The Department of Psychology is part of the Faculty of the Social Sciences. The Faculty is a successful academic community that strives to put knowledge into action by:

  • Engaging partners in the co-creation of knowledge, learning and social change.
  • Empowering our students to become reflective and responsible citizens who have the vision, the knowledge and the competences to change society for the better.
  • Energising global, European and Danish communities of knowledge by innovating research methodologies and by research findings with impact

For more on the Faculty strategy, see: https://samf.ku.dk/fakultetet/strategi/.

Terms of Employment

The recruitment process
Further information on the recruitment process at University of Copenhagen can be found here:  https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

An Equal Opportunity Workplace
The University of Copenhagen is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to creating an inclusive working environment and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of personal background, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity etc. For more on the diverse working place environment at the University and the University’s participation in the HRS4R HR Excellence in Researrch, see https://employment.ku.dk/working-at-ucph/eu-charter-for-researchers/

International applicant?
The University of Copenhagen offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including support before and during your relocation and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about these services as well as information on entering and working in Denmark here: https://ism.ku.dk/

Contact information
Information about the recruitment process is available from HRe-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk, please refer to ID number: 211-0617/20-2I.

Additional information about the position can be obtained from Guido Makransky, gm@psy.ku.dk, +4531338511, or Robert Böhm, rb@psy.ku.dk.

How to apply
Submit a complete application at our online portal. Click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of the page to apply. The documents must be in Adobe PDF or Word.  

Your application must be written in English and include the following documents:

  • Motivated application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diploma (master and bachelor)
  • A copy of most relevant journal articles if applicable

The closing date for applications is the 15th of January 2021, 23:59 CET

Applications or enclosures received thereafter will not be considered.


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