Postdoc in Experimental Economics/Behavioural Economics at Max Planck Institute & University of Exeter

Deadline: Oct. 16, 2022, 11 p.m.

We are looking for a motivated postdoc with an interest in experimental/behavioural economics to join our cross-institutional research group. Formal training in economics is not required; strong ML/AI skills are an advantage.

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With many thanks and kind regards,

ERC-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

We are looking for a motivated researcher to join our cross-institutional research group at the Max Planck Institute (Germany) and the University of Exeter (United Kingdom). We use game theory to study questions around cooperation and social preferences: What makes people cooperate and help others? How can we encourage more altruism towards future generations? And what real-world conditions, such as changing environments, extreme inequality or dealing with multiple interaction partners, challenge our assumptions of cooperation? 

If these questions interest you, please consider applying for the position of:

Postdoctoral Fellow in Experimental Economics/Behavioural Economics

This exciting position is for at least 2 years, with a start date in early 2023 (this is negotiable), under the supervision of Dr Christian Hilbe (Group Leader of the Max Planck Research Group on the Dynamics of Social Behavior) and Professor Oliver Hauser (Associate Professor of Economics, University of Exeter). This position is generously funded by an ERC Starting Grant and offers a number of benefits. The salary ranges between 58,000 and 63,000 EUR according to your qualifications and professional experience in accordance with the collective agreement for the public sector (TVöD Bund). The successful candidate will receive their own research budget for their independent research. There is no teaching requirement, allowing full focus on research.

Working environment

The successful candidate will be able to take advantage of multiple institutions: The position is jointly based at both the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön (Germany) and the Department of Economics at the University of Exeter (United Kingdom). We are happy to discuss with potential candidates how they would spend their time at these institutions to take full advantage of the research expertise in both locations. (The extent of time spent at each institution as well as flexible/remote working arrangements vary depending on the nationality of the candidate; we are happy to discuss the available options on an individual basis.) Furthermore, the successful candidate will also be able (and receive funding) to visit, present and spend time at Harvard University, working with close affiliates and collaborators of Dr Hilbe and Professor Hauser’s research programme.

The successful candidate will join our interdisciplinary research groups, comprising of economists, mathematicians, psychologists, computer scientists, and evolutionary biologists. We use tools from game theory, ranging from analytical models and computer simulations to behavioural laboratory and field experiments. We aim to publish our findings in general-audience journals (including NaturePNASNature Human Behaviour, and Science Advances) and top journals in economics, psychology and evolutionary biology.

Applications and informal interest

We welcome applications from candidates with PhD in any discipline (e.g. economics, psychology, computer science, mathematics, physics). Applicants should have a strong quantitative background. Ideally, they also have some experience in designing and running economic experiments (e.g. Otree, Qualtrics). However, even if you do not have such experience, we welcome applicants who are fast learners and who have strong programming and/or statistical skills (e.g. Python, R, Stata).

Dr Hilbe and Professor Hauser welcome informal enquiries about this position and encourage candidates who are uncertain whether they would be a good fit for the position (especially if they are from a traditionally underrepresented group in academia) to submit an application or get in touch to learn more about this opportunity: [email protected] and o.[email protected]

Ready to submit?

Once you are ready to submit your application, please send an email with the subject line “Postdoc Application 2022” with your CV and the contact details of two references to us: [email protected]., o.[email protected] and [email protected]. The application deadline is Sunday, October 16th, 2022.

The Max Planck Society and the University of Exeter strive for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds. The Max Planck Society and the University of Exeter are committed to employing more disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Society and the University of Exeter seek to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. 

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