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Post-doctoral scientist (m/f/d)

The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology asks one of the most fundamental questions in science: What does it mean to be human? The department of Comparative Cultural Psychology (CCP) studies children across human societies as well as non-human great apes species, to understand how cognitive mechanisms enable, constrain and accommodate human cultural diversity.


We are looking for a:

Post-doctoral scientist (m/f/d)

who will join us in envisioning, planning and executing a research program on cross-cultural variation in children’s early cognitive development. The research would take place at the local state-of-the-art Child Study Center as well as a variety of remote research sites around the world. We are looking for a scientist who is motivated and able to extend our cross-cultural network and build a, sustainable and conscientious long-term research station for experimental developmental studies in a remote part of the world.


Your main tasks:

  • design and implement theory-driven empirical studies investigating children’s early development across cultures
  • build a new, sustainable and conscientious long-term research station for experimental developmental studies
  • supervise PhD Theses in your area of expertise


We expect:

  • strong skills in studying children’s cognitive development and in conducting experimental research in various cultural settings, including remote settings with limited infrastructure
  • strong skills in statistical analyses of quantitative data using frequentist and/or Bayesian approaches in R
  • very good communication skills in English
  • commitment to open science practices
  • motivation to invest time and effort to help build a sustainable conceptual, organizational and interpersonal infrastructure


What’s required:

  • a PhD in Psychology, Biology, Biological Anthropology or related natural or social sciences – alternatively comparable past work experience


What we offer:

  • Full-time position, starting a soon as possible, initially limited to 3 years with the possibility of extension of 2 more years (according to German WissZeitVG)
  • An inspiring, international, interdisciplinary environment with leading domain scientists at our institute and in various Max Planck Institutes and universities
  • Full financial support for research, travel, training, etc.
  • Full technical support including programming, statistics, etc.
  • World-class research infrastructure including participant recruitment, and technical equipment (eye-trackers, infrared cameras, video-observation systems, position tracking, 3-D printing, field-equipment etc.)
  • Salary based on experience according to the German TVöD
  • The city of Leipzig has repeatedly earned top ranks for quality of life as well as innovation capacities and economic development.


How to apply:
If you are interested in applying for the position, we are looking forward to receiving your digital application by using the link below as one PDF file containing the following information:

  • motivation letter
  • CV
  • GitHub or OSF link
  • list of potential references


Applications will be accepted starting immediately until the position is filled.

Candidates of all nationalities are invited to apply.

The Max Planck Society is committed to equal opportunities and to employing individuals with disabilities and explicitly encourages them to apply.

We look forward to receiving your completed online application .

We look forward to receiving your completed online application at https://www.eva.mpg.de/ career .

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Further information on the research agenda of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology is available on our website : www.eva.mpg.de.


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