PhD Candidate (m/f/d)

DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education, Frankfurt am Main

The DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education delivers empirical educational research, digital infrastructure and targeted knowledge transfer, thus contributing to coping with challenges in education.

The research group “Individualized Interventions” as part of the Department for Education and Human Development is looking for a

PhD Candidate (m/f/d)

65% of regular weekly working hours. Limited term for 3 years. Salary according to EG 13 (TV-H).

The place of employment is Frankfurt am Main. The start of employment is flexible.

The research group “Individualized Interventions” (Prof. Garvin Brod) aims to develop interventions that improve the educational prospects of children. The postgraduate project is part of the new international research network CERES (Connecting the EdTech Research EcoSystem, more information: http://bit.ly/2VpvJBy). This interdisciplinary network with various partners in the US and Europe (host institution: University of California, Irvine) aims to shape the next generation of researchers in the field of Educational Technologies in childhood. In our subproject, we investigate how children control their learning in digital environments and how self-regulated learning can be supported in a digital and individualized way. For this purpose, we analyze logfile data of learning apps from real learning situations.

Your tasks

  • Independent research for a doctoral thesis
  • Conceptualization, planning and evaluation of experiments on the effects of different support components on learning success, measured by means of logfile data
  • Organization and implementation of the studies
  • Documentation and publication of results (articles, conference papers)


  • Very good scientific university degree (e.g., master’s degree) in psychology, cognitive science or a related discipline
  • Experience in empirical-experimental research
  • Strong statistical and methodological skills; experience in independent analysis of empirical data (e.g., using R, Python, or Mplus)
  • Demonstrated expertise in at least one of the following areas: Computational Modeling, Experimental Learning Research, Experience Sampling, Human-Computer-Interaction
  • Keen interest in the topic area of the project and in working with large data sets (incl. logfile data)
  • Very good knowledge of spoken and written English and at least a basic knowledge of German or the willingness to acquire this at the beginning of the job

We expect an independent way of working, personal commitment and the ability and willingness to familiarize oneself with more advanced fields of work at short notice. A cooperative partnership between members of the Individualized Interventions Lab and cooperation partners is important to us.

We are an interdisciplinary young team and offer intensive supervision, an excellent research infrastructure, and a wide range of training opportunities (participation in the coordinated doctoral support programs of the CERES network as well as of DIPF, Goethe University, and IDeA Center, incl. colloquia and methodological workshops). In addition to regular international network meetings, the IDeA Center and CERES offer the possibility of financially supported stays abroad at partner institutions.

The daycare center at DIPF and flexible working hours provide good conditions for balancing work and family life. There is the possibility to purchase a discounted job ticket valid for the entire RMV area.

The DIPF promotes equality of all employees and welcomes applications regardless of ethnic, cultural or social origin, age, religion, world view, disability, gender and sexual identity. Severely disabled persons are given special consideration if they are equally qualified.

For more information about the position, please contact Prof. Dr. Garvin Brod (brod(at)dipf.de).

For more information about our research group, please visit indilearn.de/indilab.

Please send your written application with the usual documents in electronic form and summarized in a pdf document quoting the reference no. BiEn-9102-21-07by 3/10/2021 to:

Prof. Dr. Garvin Brod

Working Group Individualized Interventions



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