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Open postdoctoral position at UiT (Norway), focused on cross-cultural, developmental psychology

UiT The Arctic University of Norway has established «The Arctic MSCA-PF program» (uit.no/project/arcticmsca) to recruit excellent young researchers planning to apply for a Marie Skƚodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship (MSCA-PF) to pursue a career in research. We invite applications from promising young researchers within the field of Developmental Psychology/(Cross-)Cultural Psychology/Family Studies. The selected candidate will write a proposal for a 24-month MSCA-PF at UiT together with Dr. Monika Abels. This is an opportunity to accelerate your research career while living in the urban research city of Tromsø, uniquely located at the top of the world surrounded by some of Europe’s last pristine wild nature.


This call is one of 55 from pre-selected supervisors at UiT The Arctic University of Norway through the “Arctic MSCA-PF program” (uit.no/project/arcticmsca/list-of-participants). Successful postdoc candidates will be invited to Tromsø (travel and accommodation expenses covered) for a three-day MSCA-PF symposium June 8-10, 2022 (if pandemic allows). At this event, the candidates will present their past research achievements, discuss future plans with their potential supervisor and learn how to write a successful MSCA-PF application. The selected candidates will, jointly with the supervisor, write the MSCA-PF application by the deadline of September 14, 2022.


In this call we search for talented, young researchers within the field of Developmental Psychology/Cross-Cultural Psychology/Family Studies as presented by Dr. Abels:


My research is based on the assumption that children develop in a social context which can be defined by eco-cultural factors. Aspects that are of particular interest to me are families’/communities’ livelihood patterns, caregivers’ characteristics such as educational achievements and values, children’s daily experiences and their socio-cognitive development, for instance relating to communication. Culture, from this point of view, happens in everyday life and cannot be equated with nation states as conditions within one state can vary widely, whereas there can be similarities in conditions in very different places of the world.


The approach to these topics utilizes different methods. For instance, caregivers can be interviewed about their child-rearing ethnotheories. Another important method in my research is behavioral observation, both in situ and from videos. Occasionally, these are supplemented by more structured procedures meant to elicit certain behaviors.


Recent research examples concern Norwegian mothers’ beliefs about infants’ sleeping places, Hadza hunter-gatherer’s speech addressed to infants, rural and urban Indian infants’ gestures and triadic attention and the effect of mobile phones on parent-child interactions.


Please send your CV (max 3 pages) and describe a research project that will strengthen and complement the presented research (max 2 pages) to monika.abels@uit.no by Feb 25th 2022. Mark your application "Arctic MSCA".

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