Post-doc in experimental meta-science (m/f/d) Institute of Experimental Epilepsy and Cognition Research ST-3013

Universitätsklinikum Bonn

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The Institute of Experimental Epilepsy and Cognition Research at the University Hospital Bonn invites applications for a full-time (38.5 hours/week) position limited until 30th June 2028 as:

Post-doc in experimental meta-science (m/f/d)

The project proposes that academic competition based on proxy measures can lead to a cultural evolution of scientific practices, in which problematic practices can be selected when they entail advantages in terms of proxy performance. It will combine i) computational modeling of the publication process, and ii) a novel experimental approach to meta-science, which aims to test emerging hypotheses with real human participants. This project thus lies at the intersection of experimental economics, sociology and cognitive science, aiming to address fundamental questions about the interaction of competitive social systems and individual morality. Such questions are at the core of meta-science, but their relevance extends to many other competitive societal systems (for further reading see 1,2). We expect a highly motivated candidate, interested in the development of an experimental approach to meta-science as well as trans-disciplinary collaboration across natural and social sciences.


  • PhD in experimental economics, sociology, cognitive science, cognitive psychology, computational sciences or related disciplines and fields
  • Motivation to learn approaches and skills from neighboring disciplines (e.g. computational modeling and experimental economics). Previous experience in these areas will be a major asset
  • Strong computational skills (especially but not exclusively Python)
  • Good understanding of statistical principles
  • Proficiency in English (written and oral) is necessary. Speaking German is not necessary, but helpful for living in Bonn (working language at CENs is English)
  • Track record of scientific publications in peer-reviewed international journals
  • Willingness to mentor students
  • Excellent team spirit and willingness to work in a highly trans-disciplinary setting

We offer:

  • A fully funded 4 year position with salary according to German TVL-13
  • Opportunity to co-develop and shape a novel research paradigm of “experimental meta-science” and establish your own research profile in this exciting new area.Excellent supervision and support by the PI as well as regular group meetings
  • Opportunities for in depth trans-disciplinary collaboration with our international project partners (Duisburg-Essen and Utrecht) and extended research networks
  • Access to well established research infrastructure, such as the BonnEconLab
  • Formal teaching opportunities if desired

The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family-friendly university. It aims to increase the proportion of women in areas where women are under-represented and to promote their careers in particular. It therefore urges women with relevant qualifications to apply. Applications will be handled in accordance with the Landesgleichstellungsgesetz (State Equality Act). Applications from suitable individuals with a certified serious disability and those of equal status are particularly welcome.

How to apply:

Applicants should submit the following documents in English:

  • A motivation letter describing your interest in the position, and your track record (at most 2 pages).
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • At least one letter of reference submitted before the application deadline.

Full consideration will be given to applications received by April 31, 2024.

If you are interested in applying for the position or know of any suitable applicants in your network of colleagues and former students who may be suitable, please direct them to the advertisement.  

Please submit your application as a single pdf to (email address).

PD Dr. Johannes Schultz


Universitätsklinikum Bonn


53127 Bonn



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