Jasmin M.  Kizilirmak

PD Dr. Jasmin M. Kizilirmak

Research Area Educational Careers and Graduate Employment
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Dr. Jasmin Kizilirmak is a psychologist and has been working at the DZHW since January 2023. She is interested in educational trajectories and employment situations of scientists. She studied psychology at the Technical University of Braunschweig from 2004 to 2009 and did her PhD on neurocognitive mechanisms of memory retrieval at the Philipps University of Marburg from 2009 to 2012. From 2012 to 2015, she investigated learning processes through problem solving and aha experiences at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg and subsequently at the University of Hildesheim. She habilitated on this topic at the University of Hildesheim in 2021, where she teaches to this date. From 2019 to 2022, she conducted research on healthy cognitive aging and dementia at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Göttingen.

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Academic research fields

Scientific career paths, parenthood and science, learning, memory, problem solving


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DZHW-Research Group „Tenure Track“
Research Cluster: Empirical Methods of Higher Education Research and Science Studies
Curriculum Vitae
Education and Academic Degrees

Habilitation ("Privatdozent", PD) at the Department of Education and Social Sciences of the University of Hildesheim. Receipt of the Venia legendi for Psychology.


Ph. D. (Dr. rer. nat.) in Psychology at the Philipps University of Marburg. Defended with summa cum laude.


M. Sc. (Diplom) in Psychology, at the Technical University of Braunschweig. Grade very good.


A-levels (Abitur) at the grammar school Schiller-Schule in Bochum.

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Current and Past Positions (incl. parental leave)
Since 01/2023

Research associate (postdoc) at the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW), Hannover, in the department Educational Trajectories and Employment Situations

08/2019 - 12/2022

Research associate (postdoc) at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), Göttingen, in the research group Cognitive Geriatric Psychiatry

01/2017 - 07/2017

Parental leave (2nd child)

10/2015 - 07/2019

Research associate (postdoc) and lecturer at the University of Hildesheim, Institute of Psychology, in the Neurodidactics research group

01/2015 - 06/2015

Parental leave (1st child)

07/2012 - 09/2015

Research associate (postdoc) at the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Clinic for Neurology and Stereotactic Surgery, in the Consciousness and Memory lab

05/2009 - 06/2012

Research assistant (PhD student) at the Philipps-University Marburg, Institute of Psychology, research group Cognition and Brain

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Memberships and positions

  • Cognitive Science Society (CogSci)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs)
  • European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP)
  • Psychonomic Society

Expert reports, peer reviews etc.

As Editor

  • Associate editor of a Special Issue on Studying the Cognitive and Affective Aspects of Insight Problem Solving in the Journal of Cognitive Psychology (with Dr. Amory Danek)
  • Review Editor for Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

As Reviewer

  • AIMS Neuroscience
  • Biological Psychology
  • British Journal of Psychology
  • Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Consciousness and Cognition
  • Creativity Research Journal
  • Current Psychology
  • German Research Society (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG)
  • Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
  • Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
  • Frontiers in Psychology
  • ournal of Cognitive Psychology
  • Journal of Neuroscience
  • Journal of Problem Solving
  • Nature Scientific Reports
  • NeuroImage
  • PLOS one
  • Psychological Research
  • Thinking and Reasoning