Two Doctoral fellows

Max-Planck-Institut zur Erforschung von Gemeinschaftsgütern

The Max Planck Research Group headed by Anna Baumert at the Max-Planck-Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn, Germany, aims to fill several PhD positions starting in October, 2017.

This Research Group is dedicated to investigate the psychological processes of bystander intervention against norm violations, also termed moral courage (Zivilcourage). Research approaches from personality and social psychology are combined to understand dispositional and situational determinants of intervention. Empirical strategies involve, but are not limited to, observation studies in the lab, comparisons of extreme groups (exemplars), ambulatory assessment methods, and multi-method assessment.

We are looking for

two Doctoral fellows

Applicants should hold a Diplom, Master or equivalent in Psychology. They should have a background in social or personality psychology. Strong quantitative skills and mastery in English language are required. Applicants are expected to be enthusiastic about the topic of bystander interventions against norm violations and to conduct research in collaboration with the other group members. A background in research on prosocial behavior, social justice, or morality will be helpful, but is not required.

The PhD position is initially limited for a time period of three years. Successful candidates will receive a support contract ( according to the guidelines for the promotion of junior researchers of the Max Planck Society. Funding for research expenses and conference visits is available. There are no teaching obligations.

Successful candidates will be members of the International Max Planck Research School on Adapting Behavior in a Fundamentally Uncertain World (IMPRS Uncertainty The Curriculum of the IMPRS Uncertainty has three pillars: summer schools, Thesis and Topics workshops, and local training. The IMPRS Uncertainty combines approaches from Economics, Law, and Psychology to explain human decisions under uncertainty more effectively and to better design institutional responses. It is jointly hosted by the Max Planck Institutes for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn and for Human Development in Berlin; the School of Economics and Business Administration and the Institute of Psychology of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, and the University of Bonn, Institute of Commercial and Economic Law.

If you are interested in this opportunity and have any further questions before your application, please visit our Website ( for further details or contact Anna Baumert at

About the Institute:

The MPI is an interdisciplinary research institute with additional teams in Behavioral Law and Economics (Christoph Engel), Public Economics (Martin Hellwig), Cognitive Psychology (Susann Fiedler), and Sociology (Fabian Winter). The MPI is part of the research triangle in Bonn (together with the University of Bonn and the Institute for the Study of Labor, IZA), and researchers are encouraged to participate in joint seminars.

The Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods aims to increase the proportion of female employees. Thus, woman with the respective qualifications are particularly encouraged to apply for the position. The Max Planck Society also aims to employ severely handicapped persons. Applications from severely handicapped persons are particularly welcome.

Please apply by March, 31st via:

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