The Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), invites candidates for a postdoctoral position (100%, 3 years). Supported by the Velux Foundation, the chosen candidate will primarily work in a project related to dis/honesty, together with two (to be hired) PhD students and Séamus A. Power and Ingo Zettler as PIs.

The position is for 36 months. The preferred starting date is asap in 2023 (or earlier, if requested), but any time until September 2023 is, in principle, feasible. We thus explicitly encourage interested PhD students to apply if they plan to submit their PhD thesis in this period.

Duties and Responsibilities

The chosen candidate will be part of a project investigating dis/honesty from different perspectives and in different domains (including brutal honesty, close/intimate relationships, and from a cultural perspective). The project will comprise studies using various methods, both qualitative and quantitative. The chosen candidate will contribute to the project with their expertise, interests, and skills. The chosen candidate is expected to publish scientific articles as well as to present at international conferences. In general, the position is highly research-focused, and funding is available for conducting studies, research visits, or the like. In addition, the chosen candidate will also be asked to fulfill other work obligations (typically, teaching or supervising) to a small degree in the overall time period.

Your Competencies and Opportunities

Applicants should have pursued a PhD degree in Psychology or a related field. It is desired that applicants have already gained experiences in min. one of the following research areas: close (or intimate) relationships, cultural research, dis/honesty. Further, it is desired that applicants have strong quantitative methodological skills (preferably working in the R environment), for instance, with regard to online surveys and experiments or experience sampling methodology. Additional experiences with qualitative methods are beneficial, but not a requirement. It is expected that applicants have publication experiences in internationally recognized scientific journals. It is not a requirement to understand or speak Danish. 

Terms of Employment

The recruitment process
Shortlisted applicants are notified of the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant themselves. Further information on these recruitment process at University of Copenhagen can be found here:

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 Research, see

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Contact information
Information about the recruitment process is available from HR officer, e-mail:, please refer to ID number: 211-1156/22-2I #1

Additional information about the position can be obtained from Séamus A. Power ( or Professor Ingo Zettler (    

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:

  • Cover/Motivation letter (max. 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diploma (bachelor, master, and PhD, if applicable)
  • 2 scientific articles (published or submitted)
  • Contact information from 2 potential referees

The closing date for applications is 23:59 CEST on 19 September 2022

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Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 19-09-2022

Employment start: 01-01-2023

Department/Location: Institut for Psykologi

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