Postdoctoral position (3 years) in sustainable decision making and behavior change

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 20 Apr 2022

We are seeking applicants for a three-years postdoctoral position within the newly founded Center for Psychology of Sustainability and Behavior Change at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Basel. The successful candidate will work with Prof. Dr. Ulf Hahnel and a team of international leading scholars to conduct research investigating the cognitive and affective mechanisms underlying sustainable judgment and decisions around the world and across time. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to take on a leading role in the project.

Project: The large-scale research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation aims at studying cross-cultural variation in sustainable decision making by means of experimental studies in 12 nations around the globe. The project further seeks to better understand how the effectiveness of behavioral interventions to promote sustainable decisions varies across nations and time in order to advance our understanding of contextual influences on intervention effectiveness. Based on these insights, the project aims to provide policymakers around the world with tailored strategies to mitigate climate change. The project brings together a total of 13 universities, research centers, and international think tanks, including Hong Kong University, the University of Queensland, Michigan State University, the University of Waikato, Stanford University, the Yale Program of Climate Change Communication, the University of Amsterdam, and the London School of Economics.

Requirements Postdoc: Applicants need to have a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., psychology, behavioral economics), a promising publication record, excellent methodological and statistical skills as well as a strong interest in decision making and sustainability topics. Previous experience with cross-cultural and longitudinal research is a plus. Furthermore, applicants should have excellent oral and written skills in English.

Working conditions and benefits: The newly founded Center for Psychology of Sustainability and Behavior Change provides a fast growing and stimulating international research environment to work on some of today’s most pressing societal challenges. The position will be embedded within the internationally recognized research area Social, Economic, and Decision Psychology of the University of Basel, the University Basel network Sustainable Futures (https://sustainable-future.unibas.ch/en/ ), and the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (https://www.unige.ch/cisa/ ). The successful candidate will moreover benefit from excellent working conditions including a competitive salary (starting at about CHF 81’000), comprehensive training programs, and additional funding for conference travel and education. Basel is located at the Rhine and the borders of France and Germany and is noted for its international character and high quality of life. The University of Basel is an equal opportunity and family friendly employer committed to excellence through diversity. To increase the number of women in leading academic positions the university strongly encourages applications from women.

Applications Postdoc: Interested applicants are asked to send one single pdf document containing a cover letter outlining their motivation to pursue a Postdoc in the context of this project, their CV and relevant certifications, previous publications/preprints, one letter of recommendation as well as the names of two additional references to ulf.hahnel@unige.ch . Review of applications will begin on April 20, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. The earliest starting date is July 1, 2022. Please don’t hesitate to contact ulf.hahnel@unige.ch for further inquiries.


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