Postdoctoral Position at Human Development and Violence Research Centre (DOVE)

November 16, 2023

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Human Development and Violence Research Centre


A postdoctoral position is open at the Human Development and Violence Research Centre at the Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil, from March 2024 (start date to be mutually agreed) for up to 28 months, funded by the Wellcome Trust. Candidates should have a PhD in Psychology or other relevant area with the following skill sets:

  • Experience in research on child socio-emotional development, or violence of different forms.
  • Strong statistical skills, and capacity to work independently analysing longitudinal data.
  • Outstanding English academic writing skills are essential.

Submission deadline: 5 December 2023. Candidates should email their application to, including their CV and a letter of interest (maximum two A4 pages), detailing: evidence of relevant skills, research interests, career aims, and email addresses for two people to provide references. Shortlisted candidates will be informed by email and invited for an videoconference interview.

About DOVE

At DOVE, we work as a multidisciplinary team to investigate children’s psychosocial development, and the causes, consequences and prevention of violence. We examine social, psychological, and biological influences in large longitudinal and experimental studies, mostly based on the four Pelotas Birth Cohort Studies in Brazil, which are some of the largest and longest running cohorts in the developing world – following 20,000 children and their families in southern Brazil. We use interviews, observational assessments, record linkage, and biological samples to discover what promotes healthy versus maladaptive development and violence through the life-course. Learn more at

About International Applications for Postdoc Positions at DOVE

International applications are very welcome. DOVE director, Prof. Joseph Murray, is from the UK and postdoc work at DOVE can be conducted in English (the team works in English and Portuguese). A postdoc period at DOVE offers many opportunities including: a supportive environment for career development, including leading on publications based on outstanding longitudinal studies and support with fellowship applications; learning how successful, large cohort studies are conducted; understanding different social contexts and research on child development in developing countries; and, not least, experience living in Brazil!! DOVE offers a very favorable postdoc salary for Brazil (R$7600 p/m), providing a high standard of living in Pelotas, with further contributions to international travel. Frequently, international postdocs come to DOVE for an important career development period, and a great adventure in Brazil, before taking permanent academic positions back home.


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