Job opportunity at Munich along with PhD

12 Doctoral positions at the Munich Center of the Learning Sciences (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)

The Munich Center of the Learning Sciences invites applications for 12 Ph.D. positions (equalling 2/3 of a full academic position, approx. 26.000,00 €/year (gross salary); duration: 36 months) within the International Graduate Program “Scientific Reasoning and Argumentation” (Reason), funded by the Elite Network Bavaria to commence in October 2013.

Program description
The International Graduate Program “Scientific Reasoning and Argumentation” is an international and interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, with Faculty from Educational and Developmental Psychology, Biology Education, Medical Education, Mathematics Education, Computer Science and Social Work. It aims to advance scientific knowledge on the development and promotion of reasoning and argumentation skills in science and mathematics from preschool age to adulthood. The research foci include (1) the domain-specificity of scientific reasoning and argumentation, (2) the cognition-emotion interface and how it affects scientific reasoning and argumentation, (3) the role of social context in scientific reasoning and argumentation, and (4) the advancement of scientific reasoning and argumentation skills through (computer-supported) collaborative learning.

Applicants are required to submit the following documents to be considered for acceptance into the program:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of motivation
  • Notarized copies of Diploma and Transcript of Records
  • Letters of recommendation from two researchers from disciplines associated with the Learning Sciences who hold at least a doctoral degree
  • 400-word description of the envisioned research project related to one or several of the areas related to “Scientific Reasoning and Argumentation” that are mentioned above
  • Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL > 550 points or equivalent proof)

Based on these documents, promising candidates will be invited to a job interview during which they are asked to present and discuss both their prior research as well as plans for their Ph.D. project (if necessary, the job interview can be done by videoconferencing).

Deadlines and Dates
June 10, 2013: Deadline for submitting applications including all required documents (please send your complete application via email to

June 10 – June 24, 2013: Selection of possible candidates by the Selection Committee

July 01 – July 12, 2013: Job interviews

October 01, 2013: Start of program

For more information, please contact the coordinator of the program, Dr. Kerstin Bleuel (

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  1. I just want to know that if i have not given TOEFL than am I eligible to apply for this doctoral program please let me know as soon as possible.

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