26 March 2013

JOB: W2 Professorship in “Social Cognition” (PR/009/13)

Application deadline: 24 April 2013

The Berlin School of Mind and Brain is a graduate school based at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. It has been funded by Germany’s Excellence Initiative since being established in 2006. The school provides a very successful English-language doctoral degree program which brings together the neurosciences, psychology, philosophy and linguistics. The school is currently setting up an English-language Master’s and a postdoctoral program.

In conjunction with the Institute of Psychology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin we are inviting applications for a

W2 Professorship in Social Cognition

as soon as possible and for a term of five years.

We will consider internationally visible applicants with a strong record in the field of cognitive science with a focus on social cognition along with a special aptitude for academic work and teaching ability. Moreover, candidates should have experience in intra- and interdisciplinary work as well as an excellent command of English.

(Further information on our research focus “Human sociality and the brain” here.)

Formal requirements

Applicants must meet the formal requirements for appointments of professors in accordance with Article 100 of the Berliner Hochschulgesetz (BerlHG) (pdf English 22 kb, pdf German 24 kb).

Terms, conditions, responsibilities

Institutional membership: The successful candidate will be a full professorial member of the Institute of Psychology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin as well as of the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, where he/she will be based.

Teaching obligations: 9 hours (à 45 minutes) per week during the teaching periods of each of the two semesters of the academic year (i.e., 4–5 courses at Master’s level each semester); in English.

Please note:

  • These are the regular teaching obligations for professors at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
  • The teaching periods during the semesters take place from mid-April till mid-July (summer semester) and mid-October till mid-February (winter semester).

Supervision of Master’s theses and doctoral candidates, in English.

Commitment: It is expected that the professorship in Social Cognition will participate in the Berlin School of Mind and Brain’s academic activities and self-governance (e.g., in committees).

Salary: The basic salary for W2 professors in Berlin amounts to 4,190.06 euros per month (gross, civil service pay scale). On top of that there will be pension and health insurance payments by the university. In addition, the successful candidate will be able to negotiate further salary- or research-related benefits.
Candidates may find it helpful to visit the website of Deutscher Hochschulverband (German Association of University Professors and Lecturers), for further information on “W salaries” (W-Besoldung) and/or advice.


The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin seeks to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and specifically encourages qualified female scientists to apply. Applications of researchers from abroad are welcome. Preference will be given to disabled applicants with equal qualifications.

Please send:

(1) a written application (including cover letter, CV, list of publications, proof of teaching experience, any other relevant documentation)
e-mail -> one PDF file: YourName_PR009_1

(2) a brief synopsis both of projects currently being conducted and those planned for the future
e-mail -> one PDF file: YourName_PR009_2

(3) the application form (doc download 50 kb)
e-mail -> one doc file: YourName_PR009_3

(4) publication reprints
e-mail -> PDF file(s): YourName_PR009_reprint_1 (continuous numbering for each further publication)

within the next 4 weeks, stating the reference number PR/009/13, to:

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Managing Director, Annette Winkelmann
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin

or send an electronic version (see above for instructions) of your application, stating the reference number PR/009/13, to: mb-lehrstuhl-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de

File size

Should the attached files exceed a total of 10 MB, please send them in several instalments or set up a download center for your files (e.g., with dropbox).

Copies of documents

Since application materials will not be returned, we kindly ask you to send copies of documents only.


Please address any inquiries to Annette Winkelmann, Managing Director of the Berlin School of Mind and Brain: mb-manager-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de, Tel. +49 30 2093-1706


Publication date: 27 March 2013
Application deadline: 24 April 2013, 23:59 CEST