Reference number 2023/255. The expected starting date is as soon as possible. The position is limited until 31/12/2026. A contract extension to a maximum of five years in total is desired and subject to the continued funding of the cluster. In principle, the position can 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.
The Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour (CASCB) has an immediate opening for a Junior Research Group Leader in the area of “Behavioural Change in Collectives”. The most prominent challenges and crises facing humanity (including climate change, biodiversity loss, wellbeing and inequality) depend on understanding multi-scale social dynamics in a changing world. This has resulted in a call for collective behaviour to be considered a “crisis discipline”¹. There is a pressing need, therefore, to understand how it may be possible to create fair² and equitable environments—i.e., attuned to (human/animal) perception, decision-making and behavioural capabilities—to enable more and easier choices for a sustainable lifestyle and to transform collective behaviours to create substantial and sustained collective behaviour change. Areas of particular interest include the study of psychology, social data science and/or collective decision making, preferably in humans, but also non-human animals if the research questions provide insight into human collective behavioural change. Research topics that provide synergies with ongoing research within the CASCB are particularly welcome.
The CASCB is 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. We are dedicated to the study of collective behaviour across a wide range of species and across different organizational/ecological levels. For more information on the Cluster of Excellence, please visit: Collective Behaviour | exc.uni-konstanz.de.
Applicants of all genders are welcome. CASCB aims to increase the number of female scientists in group leader positions. Equal treatment of applications from female and male scientists is consequently guaranteed. Preferential consideration of one gender is excluded if legally protectable reasons, which lie in the qualification and/or in the person of another applicant, prevail.
In case of any questions, please contact Dr. Alexandra Wild, Alexandra.email@example.com.
Our working language is English and consequently applicants must be fluent in this language; no knowledge of German is required. We look forward to receiving your application with the usual documents by October 31st 2023 via our Online Application Portal.
¹Bak-Coleman, J. B., Alfano, M., Barfuss, W., Bergstrom, C. T., Centeno, M. A., Couzin, I. D. & Weber, E. U. (2021). Stewardship of global collective behavior. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(27), e2025764118.
²WBAE - Scientific Advisory Board on Agricultural Policy, Food and Consumer Health Protection of the BMEL (2020). Promoting sustainability in food consumption – Developing an integrated food policy and creating fair food environments. Expertise, Berlin (see https://www.bmel.de/EN/ministry/organisation/advisory-boards/AgriculturalPolicyPublications.html)