Doctoral Candidate (w/m/d)

Leibniz-Zentrum für Marine Tropenforschung GmbH (ZMT), Bremen

The Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (www.leibniz-zmt.de) in Bremen is a member of the Leibniz Association, which is supported by the German Federal and State Governments. Through its research, ZMT contributes to developing science-based strategies for sustainable use of tropical coastal systems.

The working group Institutional and Behavioural Economics is looking for a

Doctoral Candidate (w/m/d)

(Reference number: 141 A – SEATRAC)

to conduct research within the DFG (German Science Foundation) funded Project SEATRAC (Sea level change and the Tragedy of Cognition: A comparative study on the role of cognitive biases in understanding sea level rise) The project is part of the interdisciplinary DFG Priority Program Regional Sea Level Change and Society.

You will run a comparative study between the North Frisian Islands and the WAKATOBI Islands in Indonesia, where you aim to understand the importance of various cognitive biases in the understanding of sea level rise. After a solid and theoretical preparation, you are going to go for a first field trip to understand, in a qualitative manner, the perception of sea level rise in the two places. This will enable you to produce experimental and survey tools to assess the importance of the various cognitive biases in the second field phase and in a quantitative manner and to inform the model (PhD2). You will adapt and develop experimental protocols for assessment of the biases in the field. Your study will be shaped in close collaboration with PhD2 (model development), which is further described below.


  • Background in social sciences (economics, psychology, sociology, etc.) potentially with a focus on natural resource use
  • Conviction that a holistic understanding requires multiple methods and disciplines, with a particular interest in experimental methods (potentially experience) and Agent Based Modelling approaches
  • Passion about fundamentally understanding human behaviour in relation to environmental threats.
  • Preference for close collaboration and discussion with PhD2 and the two Principle Investigators
  • Willingness to run extended field work in Northern Germany & Indonesia
  • Quantitative method skills and interest in qualitative methods
  • Knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia is an additional asset, but not a must for this project

For additional information, please contact: Prof. Dr. Achim Schlüter, achim.schlueter(at)leibniz-zmt.de

Details of the position:

The candidate will be on a 36 months contract. Salary will be paid according to the German TV-L EG 13. The post will be filled 75% of a full position.

We offer:

  • An exciting working environment in an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented institute and research project
  • Possibilities to build and extend an international professional network and participate in a research field of high public and scientific interest
  • A family-friendly working environment

ZMT is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants with a migration background are welcome. Disabled persons with comparable qualification receive preferential status.

Please send your application (a motivation letter, a copy of the relevant certificates, a complete CV with a list of publications/master thesis and skills, names with email addresses and telephone numbers of two referees) until November 30, 2019 as a single pdf file with the reference number “141 A– SEATRAC” to Ms. Lena Oehlmann, E-Mail: bewerbung(at)leibniz-zmt.de.

Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, Fahrenheitstraße 6, D-28359 Bremen.