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BW-Bank Stuttgart
IBAN DE69 6005 0101 7421 5004 36

Universität Heidelberg
Alfred-Weber-Institute for Economics
Research Center for Environmental

Bergheimer Straße 20
69115 Heidelberg, Germany

Universität Heidelberg, Bergheimer Straße 20, 69115 Heidelberg, Germany

PostDoc position in cognitive/environmental psychology

Applications are invited for a 100% (TVL-13) post-doctoral researcher at
Heidelberg University in the interdisciplinary project that examines the
psychology of fishers and fishery stakeholders in a threatened socio-
ecological resource system, the Lake Victoria Nile perch fishery
(MULTITIP). The post is initially limited until May 2023, with the possibility
of being extended for an additional 2 years subject to funding. The
intended start date is as soon as possible.

This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of an interdisciplinary
research team (including behavioral economics, fishery biology,
mathematical modeling, environmental and cognitive psychology) in a
large project. MultiTip investigates the cognitive processing and
understanding of the Nile perch fishery at Lake Victoria. The project
includes considerable fieldwork in East Africa to assess stakeholders’
perceptions (mental models) and how these influence decision-making.

This work will contribute towards identifying barriers and solutions to
conservation issues, which will likely inform regional policy and contribute
to the natural resource management literature. Besides working with our
partners in the field (including key policy makers, NGO’s, and fishing
communities), your work will be guided by an external advisory panel of
scholars from Columbia, Princeton, Carnegie-Mellon, Wageningen and the
Stockholm Resilience Centre. More information is available at

The core tasks associated with the position are:

 Collecting data on stakeholders’ perceptions and beliefs across
Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania in collaboration with local research

 Conducting data analysis;
 Presenting results at international scientific conferences;
 Publishing project outputs in international peer-reviewed journals;
 Liaising with local stakeholders for the development and

dissemination of the studies.

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Candidates should have, or be about to receive, a PhD in Psychology and

 Possess demonstrable experience in conducting, analyzing, and
interpreting empirical studies in the field,

 Have, ideally, research experience in the field of Environmental
psychology and/or Cognitive psychology, with a key interest in
perceptions of socio-ecological systems, mental models, system
thinking, and decision-making in relation to conservation

 Be fluent in English. Additionally, knowledge of Swahili and also of
German would be of advantage.

 Have, ideally, experience conducting transdisciplinary research in
developing counties and/or working with stakeholders

The closing date for application is June 28th, or until the position is filled.

To apply, send the following five items as a single pdf-file to office-

eco@awi.uni-heidelberg.de: (1) a letter of motivation, (2) a current CV, (3)

two letters of recommendation or contact details of two referees, (4) grade

transcripts, and (5) a writing sample.

If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact:

PostDoc position in cognitive/environmental psychology

Vollzeit, Befristete Festanstellung
Englisch, Swahili, German

Veröffentlicht am 28.06.2022

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