Doctoral or Early Postdoc Position in Collective Foraging and Social Search

(part-time 65 %, E 13 TV-L)

Reference No.: 2021/326.

The Collective Foraging and Social Search, a project funded by the Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour at the University of Konstanz, invites participants for an open 3-year PhD position. The position will start in early 2022.

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.

The project “Collective Foraging and Social Search” is led by Dr Wataru Toyokawa and operates at the Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz, Germany. The focus of this position will be to compare collective human and non-human animal social foraging processes by incorporating computational models of learning and decision-making. By developing interactive online web experiments, the successful candidate will plan and design human behavioural data collection, and will be supervised in a highly interdisciplinary academic environment where both human psychologists and animal behavioural scientists actively collaborate.

Potential topics include the competition, cooperation, and coordination in socially interactive decision-making environments, as well as whether (and, if so) how human social learning mechanisms may differ from that of other animals. The successful candidate will also collaborate with the rodent behavioural experiments led by the Cluster Project “Environmental uncertainty shapes rat foraging behaviour in large scale environment” in both model analysis and experimental task building.

Your responsibilities

  • Planning, designing, and developing online experiments under supervision of the PI
  • Developing skills and knowledge required to tackle scientific questions and technical challenges
  • Writing progress reports, conference proceedings/abstracts, and the dissertation
  • Co-supervising Bachelor/Master students

Your Competencies

  • Graduate degree (Master's level) in behavioural science, psychology, cognitive science, economics, or other related fields
  • Self-motivated, comfortable with both analytic and critical thinking, and have a passion for science
  • Very good communication skills and the ability for teamwork
  • Strong written and oral communications skills in English

We Offer

  • A highly interdisciplinary research collaboration network available at the CASCB
  • A full range of the first-hand research experiences from theory development using mathematical models to testing theory using controlled experimentation
  • Integration into the Excellence Cluster research community

Questions can be directed to Mr. Dr. Wataru Toyokawa,

Please send your application (including a cover letter, a description of your research interests (max 1 page), your CV, names and e-mail addresses of 1-2 referees, and unofficial copies of your university degrees a single PDF) at the latest on January 31st 2022 via our Online Application Portal. Information on the research group:

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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