Stadt: Tübingen

Frist: 2015-05-31


The LEAD Graduate School ( for Learning, Educational Achievement and Life Course Development, funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State governments, invites applications for

Up to six 3-year doctoral positions or stipends as of October 2015.

Education and its outcomes being essential to the welfare of a society and its members, the goal of LEAD is to contribute relevant findings to several key questions in evidence-based education. As an integrated research and training program, LEAD aims at excellent research and academic careers for young scien­tists at the intersection between Empirical Educational Research and the neighboring disciplines of (1) Cognitive, Social, and Motivational Psychology, (2) Neuroscience and Informatics, (3) Clinical and Per­sonality Psychology, (4) Language and Linguistics, and (5) Sociology and Economics.

Successfully or nearly finished MA or MSc or equivalent degree graduates in Empirical Educational Re­search or one of the above-mentioned neighboring fields with excellent grades and a strong interest in conducting research from an interdisciplinary perspective are encouraged to apply. In addition,

  • Candidates’ prospective PhD research should be relevant to the LEAD Graduate School, i.e., re­lating to LEAD’s research questions and one of the LEAD intersections. We accept applications from all relevant fields and regarding all topics related to LEAD; however, we especially encour­age applications regarding the topics listed on our website:
  • Candidates should be prepared to contribute to the mission of excellence of the LEAD Graduate School.

LEAD PhD candidates benefit from unique opportunities:

  • A prestigious, internationally focused and interdisciplinary PhD program within the German Ex­cellence Initiative;
  • Regular thesis discussions with peers and supervisory teams, plus retreats, lectures, and work­shops with renowned international guest researchers;
  • Funds for the support of thesis-related research and training;
  • Tailor-made training and research support from the LEADing Research Center, including lab ro­tations;
  • LEAD support systems for families, equal opportunity and diversity.

Applications should include a completed application cover sheet, a CV, degree and other certificates with transcripts showing a recent graduation or one in the nearest future, two letters of recommendation, a statement of research interest and experience, plus a motivation letter describing your interest in ob­taining a PhD within LEAD. For more information, please go to

Please send all documents in one single pdf attachment via email to the Director of the LEAD Graduate School, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Trautwein, at <>, by May 31, 2015. Appli­cations beyond this date are welcome and will be taken into account as further positions become avail­able. Interviews will take place on June 15 and 16, 2015.

The University of Tübingen is an equal opportunity employer regarding professional opportunities for women and men. Equally qualified candidates with physical challenges will be given preference. Em­ployment will be conducted by the central university administration.

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Redaktion: Stefanie Popp