Post-doctoral scientist (m/f/d) - cross-cultural variation in children’s early cognitive development

Einsatzort: Leipzig


  • Developmental and Evolutionary Biology & Genetics
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Cognitive Research

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Post-doctoral scientist (m/f/d) - cross-cultural variation in children’s early cognitive development

Stellenangebot vom 21.07.2020

The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI EVA) in Leipzig, Germany is the world leading institute in one of the most fundamental questions in science and life: What does it mean to be human? The newly founded research department of Comparative Cultural Psychology (CCP) at the MPI EVA studies children across diverse human societies as well as non-human great apes species, to understand uniquely human cultural diversity and the universal cognitive mechanisms that enable and constrain it.

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 new, sustainable and conscientious research station for experimental developmental studies in a remote part of the world.

Your role

  • design and implement theory-driven empirical studies investigating children’s early cognitive development and behavior
  • statistical analyses of quantitative data using frequentist and/or Bayesian approaches in R
  • express ideas and results in English both in writing and in oral presentations
  • work effectively and conscientiously in various cultural settings, including remote settings with limited infrastructure
  • promote a culture of good scientific practice, enabling both methodological rigor and innovation

Your profile

  • PhD in psychology, anthropology, education, biology or related natural or social sciences.
  • experience in studying children’s cognitive development and in conducting research in various cultural settings, including remote settings with limited infrastructure
  • experience in frequentist and/or Bayesian statistics
  • proficient in R
  • very good communication skills in English
  • empathic and motivating supervisor
  • committed and cooperative team player
  • motivated to invest time and effort to help build a sustainable conceptual, organizational and interpersonal infrastructure
  • encouraged to support Open Science practice

Our offer

  • Full-time position, starting a soon as possible, initially limited to 3 years with the possibility of extension of 2 more years (WissZeitVG)
  • Salary based on experience according to the German TVöD
  • According to German labor laws, benefits include 30 days holiday per annum, plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days and an attractive pension proposition
  • An inspiring, international, interdisciplinary environment with leading domain scientists at our institute and in various Max Planck Institutes and universities
  • Space, freedom, support and resources to do all the things described above
  • The city of Leipzig has repeatedly earned top ranks for quality of life as well as innovation capacities and economic development.

How to apply

Please submit your application, including a motivation letter, CV, GitHub or OSF link (if available) and a list of potential references electronically via our online application portal. Applications will be accepted until 16.08.2020.

Candidates of all nationalities are invited to apply. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Furthermore, we are committed to increase the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from qualified individuals.

For further information

Please contact Anja Reimann
Phone: +49 341 3550-400