Postdoctoral position in collective climate change behaviour

(full-time, E 13 TV-L)

Reference number 2024/122. The expected starting date is 01.09.2024, but it is negotiable. The duration of the position is two years, with a possible extension for a maximum of an additional two years. The extension is subject to the continued funding of the cluster. In principle, the position could be divided into two half-time positions.

The University of Konstanz is one of eleven Universities of Excellence in Germany. Since 2007 it has been successful in the German Excellence Initiative and its follow-up programme, the Excellence Strategy.

We are a Cluster of Excellence within the Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State Governments. Being a cooperation between the University of Konstanz and the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, we use the extensive expertise in the region to create an interdisciplinary environment for the study of collective behaviour that is unique worldwide. "The Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour" is dedicated to the study of collective behaviour across a variety of species and across different organizational levels. For more information on the Cluster of Excellence, please visit: Collective Behaviour |

Are you interested in trying to understand how to promote climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies, especially in collectives? Do you want to understand how and why climate change is impacting human (and potentially animal) cognition, well-being, and other psychological processes? Do you want to work on very interdisciplinary topics, with an applied angle? We are seeking a PostDoc who has finished (or about to finish) a doctoral degree in behavioural/cognitive science, environmental/social psychology, or a related field. The researcher will be based in the new Environmental Collective Behaviour (ECo) group in the beautiful Konstanz, Germany.

The ECo group, led by Dr. Kimberly Doell, is focused on harnessing an interdisciplinary approach to address societal issues, particularly the challenges related to climate change, through collective efforts and evidence-based solutions. With an extensive network of local and international collaborators that spans the globe, we offer a nurturing environment for personal well-being and professional growth (e.g., via regular mentorship meetings). The candidate will enjoy a significant degree of independence to pursue research interests within our group’s themes, guided by Dr. Doell’s expertise and in collaboration with our diverse partners. We are committed to development through a variety of professional opportunities, including seminars, workshops, and conferences. Recognizing the importance of work-life balance, we support flexible working arrangements and comprehensive wellness programs, ensuring our team members are both inspired and well-supported in their endeavors. The PostDoc will be responsible for leading novel experimental research aimed at understanding the reciprocal relationships between a changing environment and humans/animals.

The PostDoc project can potentially address the following questions:

1. How does the changing climate impact social and cognitive functioning, and well-being?

2. How can we translate recent academic findings into real-world solutions/interventions, and then test them, in this space?

3. How and why do interventions work at the individual-level and according to what characteristics of different populations of people? 

4. How can we test and develop better, more targeted interventions to stimulate societal change (e.g., collective level climate actions)?

5. How do perceptions, beliefs, and attitudes relating to the collective also influence individual-level decisions and actions?

Your Responsibilities

    • Help to develop an interesting and impactful line of research in this domain
    • Lead large-scale, interdisciplinary projects
    • Present results at local and international conference
    • Write research papers and other publications
    • Apply for grants (alongside the PI)
    • Supervise junior researchers (e.g., BSc/MSc students)
    • Engage with public outreach

Your Competencies

    • Graduate degree (PhD level) in a quantitative or mixed-methods field
    • Experience in designing, running, analyzing, and publishing experimental studies
    • Strong experimental and analytical skills
    • Very good communication skills and the ability to engage in teamwork
    • Strong written and oral communications skills in English

We Offer

    • An interesting and challenging job at the heart of exciting research activities with a unique infrastructure and interdisciplinary research community
    • Professional infrastructure and support for conducting research
    • Ability to work with world-leading scientists on a new and exciting research field
    • Professional development opportunities
    • High flexibility and independence in organizing your own tasks
    • A family-friendly university and work environment that values and promotes diversity and equal opportunities
    • Opportunities for individual training and development
    • Payment in accordance with the TV-L pay scale (up to E 13 TV-L)
All Benefits

This position is available until filled. For full consideration, please submit your application by the 1st of July 2024 via our Online Application Portal.

Please include the following documents:

1.      Cover letter (1 – 2 pages)

  • Outline your qualifications and why you are a good fit for this position.
  • Describe how your experiences have allowed you to develop both the technical and non-technical skills necessary for this role.
  • Include concrete examples and evidence that showcases your skillset.

2.      Research statement (1 – 2 pages) addressing the following aspects:

  • Explain what scientific questions most motivate you and why.
  • Describe one or more specific research questions / directions you would be interested to tackle in this project, and explain how you would go about addressing them.
  • What skills are you hoping to learn/improve in the context of this position?

3.      Curriculum vitae (CV) and publication list (including submitted/manuscripts under review)

4.      Names and contact information for 2 references (they will only be contacted for short-listed candidates)

For more information on the project, please email including the subject “Postdoctoral position in collective climate change behaviour”.

The University of Konstanz is committed to ensuring an environment that provides equal opportunities and promotes diversity, as well as a good balance between university and family life. As an equal opportunity employer, we strive to increase the number of women working in research and teaching. We also support working couples through our dual career programme. Persons with disabilities are explicitly encouraged to apply. They will be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact, + 49 7531 88-4016).



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