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Campus Duisburg

Application area

Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Socioeconomics

Post Doctoral Researcher (f/m/d, No. 368-24)
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Science is built upon reliable findings, yet many results fail to replicate. A growing field of ‘meta-science’ studies the inner workings of academia, to explore how it can be improved. We offer a 3-year post-doc position to study the impact of proxy-based scientific evaluation and reward systems on the quality of science in the context of the interdisciplinary project “The evolution of scientific practice – from simulation to experimentation” funded by VW foundation.

The position is hosted by the Institute for Socio-Economics at University Duisburg-Essen, which aims for integrated perspective on socio-economic provisioning system to better understand and address contemporary social challenges.

Start of employment

as soon as possible

Duration of employment

3 years

Working time

39 h 50 min. (100%)

Your main tasks

  • participation in the interdisciplinary project “The evolution of scientific practice – from simulation to experimentation” in close collaboration with our project partner in Bonn
  • designing both computational simulations and real-world behavioral experiments within a combined overarching framework of “proxy-based competition”.
  • research and publication activity in the area of Meta-science, Agent-Based Modelling, Socio-Economics, Complexity Economics or Econophysics
  • participation in the theoretical and empirical research agenda of the Institute for Socio-Economics.
  • the position will offer the possibility of scientific research and qualification

Your profile

  • interest in meta-science, philosophy of science, social studies of science and related research areas
  • experience with inter- and transdisciplinary research
  • successfully completed PhD in quantitative/computational subject (mathematics, economics, statistics, computer science, theoretical biology, physics or comparable)
  • experience or skills in one (or more) of the following areas: Mathematical/Computational Modelling, Socio-Economics, Complexity/Evolutionary Economics, Ecological Economics, Social Studies of Science
  • strong coding skills related to simulation and data analysis (preferably R and Python)
  • very good command of English and/or German
  • ability to work independently and reliably
  • good communication and team work skills, high motivation
  • scientific publications

We offer you

  • a varied, versatile area of ​​responsibility in a research-intensive environment with international exchange
  • an interesting, responsible job with great creative potential
  • a pleasant working atmosphere in a dynamic team
  • family-friendliness through care options for your children
  • advice on family care tasks
  • a broad range of further training and further education, individual training
  • very good public transport connections and free parking spaces
  • attractive sports and health offers (university sports)
  • the possibility of (part-time) home office

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