Post-doc with a strong focus on designing experiments (m/f/d)

Job Description & Qualification

The research programme “Regulatory Instruments in the Real World”, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation with 1 million euros, aims to conduct experiments and use data-sets to empirically and comparatively analyse the steering effect of different legal instruments - especially with regard to effectiveness, side effects and costs. In the context of this research programme, there is a job opening for a position as an

economic/social psychology post-doc with a strong focus on designing experiments (m/f/d)

full-time for a period of 3 years (with the option for a further 3 years). Remuneration is according to TV-L E14 (head of research group).

Your tasks consist of the lead collaboration, conception and implementation of the research programme “Regulatory Instruments in the Real World”. To this end, public or private data sets are to be analysed using statistical methods (primarily linear regression models) in order to gain insights into the effects of different regulatory instruments through "natural experiments". Above all, however, we will create and analyse own data sets with the help of field experiments and, in particular, lab or online experiments and (in the further course of the research programme) with the use of virtual reality experiments.

You have practical experience with empirical social science research methods, documented by a doctorate in economics or social-psychology completed with above-average success (magna cum laude or better). Experience with designing experiments and the use of econometric software for data analysis (preferably STATA) and programming software for conducting scientific experiments (e.g. z-tree, OTree, Qualtrics) is an advantage; in any case, the willingness to delve deeper into this area is expected. Previous legal knowledge or a degree in law is not required, but can be an advantage.

We offer you the opportunity to contribute to the conception and implementation of a comprehensive research programme in a leading role, support by two research assistants (each 80 h/month) and an extensive budget, close cooperation with the Department of Economics and Econometrics and integration into the empirical and experimental research groups there, a research network with contacts to top institutions in Germany and abroad (Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, MPI Tax Law Munich), which is available for research stays and for establishing own collaborations, a full-time position without teaching duties, whereby, if desired and you are suitably qualified, there is the possibility of participating in teaching at the Institute of Economics and Econometrics or the Faculty of Law.

Application Procedure

We look forward to receiving your detailed application, which should be sent in one PDF file by 30 June 2021 to the following e-mail address:

About the Organization

The University of Regensburg with its more than 20,000 students is an innovative and interdisciplinary campus university with diverse research activities and a broad range of courses for young people from Germany and abroad.

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Job ID

ID: J8736