Lab manager and Research Assistant, Centre for Early Childhood Cognition Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen

Updated: 29 days ago
Deadline: 03 Feb 2021

The Centre for Early Childhood Cognition at the University of Copenhagen, directed by Professor Victoria Southgate, is hiring a lab manager. The expected starting date is 15 February 2020, or soon thereafter. The position is available for two years. The successful candidate will participate in all aspects of projects on early social cognitive development with infants and young children, employing a variety of research methods including neuroimaging (EEG, fNIRS) and behavioural studies (e.g. eye tracking).

Primary responsibilities for this position will include (1) coordinating participant recruitment for the lab, (2) testing infants and young children in various research techniques, both in the lab and in preschools, (3) development of experiments (e.g. stimulus construction), (4) data analysis and data coding for different projects in the lab and (5) setting up and maintaining operations of the lab through general administrative duties.

Essential qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related discipline
  • A demonstrated interest in early cognitive development
  • An excellent rapport with babies, young children and their parents
  • Experience with running EEG, fNIRS or eye-tracking with infants and young children
  • A strong attention to detail and good organizational skills
  • Being able to show initiative and be motivated to work independently when necessary
  • An excellent standard of spoken and written Danish and English
  • The ability to get on with and collaborate with different kinds of people

Preferred qualifications:

  • Previous experience carrying out experimental studies with young children
  • Prior knowledge of the field of Theory of Mind research
  • Experience of statistical software (e.g. R, SPSS)
  • Experience with computer programming (e.g. Matlab)

Job description
The successful candidate will support our ERC-funded project “DEVOMIND: How do infants mentalize? Bringing a neuroimaging approach to the puzzle of early mindreading”. The project is aimed at trying to understand how young infants are succeeding on nonverbal Theory of Mind paradigms, despite their limited capacity for inhibitory control and self-awareness. The successful candidate will provide research assistance to all projects being undertaken in the lab.

The successful candidate will be responsible for managing the day-to-day running of the lab, and coordinating infant testing. They will take the lead in testing infants and young children both in the lab and in preschools or public settings, and will assist with data coding and analysis.

As part of the project, international workshops will be organised to foster discussion with others in the field, and the successful candidate will contribute to the organization of these workshops. The candidate will be expected to contribute to daily lab-life, including taking part in reading groups and collaborating with other members of the lab.

Terms of Employment

Salary and conditions of employment

The application shall be submitted in English and include a CV highlighting relevant experience and how you fulfill the job requirements, as well as a copy of the bachelors certificate.

Please note that applications will be assessed based on these mandatory enclosures. Applicants cannot expect any additional documentation to be taken into account in the assessment.

Application procedure
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether an expert assessment committee has passed their application for assessment. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at  

The recruitment process
Further information on the 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 Researrch, see

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For further information, please contact Professor Victoria Southgate, email:

Additional information about the position can be obtained from the Pernille Lykke Paulsen e-mail:

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)

The deadline for applications including enclosures is Wednesday3th February 2021 (at midnight 23:59 Danish Time)

Please note: Applications must be submitted and documents must be uploaded online. Press “Apply now” and fill in the application form.

Applications received after deadline will not be taken into account.

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.

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