University of Innsbruck


University of Innsbruck

The University of Innsbruck was founded in 1669 and, with more than 27.000 students and more than 4.000 employees, is today the largest and most important research and educational institution in Western Austria.

It is the state university for Tyrol, Vorarlberg, South Tyrol and Liechtenstein. At its 16 faculties, scientists conduct research and teach in a wide variety of fields: humanities, natural sciences, economics and social sciences, theology, law, technical sciences and architecture.

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Department of Psychology

With almost 50 employees and more than 900 students, the Department of Psychology is one of the largest departments of the University of Innsbruck. The contentual diversity is expanded by international and interdisciplinary research and teaching projects.

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Personality, Emotion and Music Laboratory

The laboratory is headed by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Marcel Zentner.

Our current research projects inlcude the assessment and correlates of musical abilities, music & emotion, personality development, the psychology of mating and gender (in)equality. For our projects, we adopt various methodological approaches and also have an own large and well-equipped research laboratory available. An own computer room allows for computer-based group testings as well as small-scale teaching. Moreover, we have several tablets available allowing for digital field investigations.

Our teaching focusses on diagnostics, personality psychology and fundamental research. Courses comprise lectures, seminars and tutorials. Moreover, we also supervise Bachelor and Master theses. Most courses are held in German.

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We are currently looking for...

  • Pre-Doc for 30 hours/week for 4 years - application open till 3 November 2020 - Code PSY-SPORT-11552
    > research field: personality development
  • Pre-Doc for 30 hours/week for 4 years - application open till 5 November 2020 - Code PSY-SPORT-11545
    > research field(s): personality development personality, music and/or emotion


Both Pre-Doc positions comprise research (50%) as well as teaching, supervision of students, administrative tasks, and advanced training. We are looking for people with a Master's degree (or equivalent), profound knowledge of personality psychology and diagnostics, basic knowledge in music psychology and technology (position 11545 only), sound knowledge of statistical analysis programs such as SPSS, R or MPLUS, interest in AI-methods, leadership skills in dealing with students, high capacity for teamwork, creative problem solving skills as well as high independence and personal responsibility.

Please send in your appliation via the > Karriereportal of the University of Innsbruck. Please also enclose a draft of your planned dissertation project (max. 3 pages).


Young. Intellectual. Open-minded. Situated in the heart of the Alps, the provincial capital of Tyrol offers a variety of leisure fascilities for nature lovers, sport fans and culture enthusiasts. Hiking, skiing, or yoga, concerts, theatre performances, or festivals - Innsbruck has a new discovery ready every day. Due to a well-elaborated transportation network, both surrounding villages as well as most of the major European cities are easy-to-reach. For music enthusiasts in particular, Innsbruck offers a newly-built music center, called Haus der Musik, which established itself to be a venue for artists from all around the world.

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Additional benefits

From a company pension fund to flexible working hours and childcare facilities - the University of Innsbruck offers its employees a wide range of additional benefits. In addition to interesting opportunities for professional and personal development and the compatibility of career and family, our employees can take advantage of the sports facilities offered by the USI as well as the language courses offered by the ISI at reduced rates.

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