Post-doctoral scientist (m/f/d) - Group-level variation in great ape sociality and cognition

Einsatzort: Leipzig


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

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Post-doctoral scientist (m/f/d) - Group-level variation in great ape sociality and cognition

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 group-level variation in great ape sociality and cognition. The research will take place at the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage in Chingola, Zambia, the Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Centre in Leipzig, Germany, and a wider network of European Zoos and other Great Ape sanctuaries around the world.

Your role

  • design and implement theory-driven empirical studies investigating great ape cognition and behavior
  • statistical analyses of quantitative data using Bayesian and/or frequentist 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, biology, biological anthropology or related natural or social sciences
  • experience in studying animal cognition and in social network analysis
  • 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 as well as an attractive pension proposition
  • An inspiring, international, interdisciplinary environment with leading domain scientists at our department 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