PhD Opportunity at Max Planck Institute

The Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig is seeking qualified applicants for a three-year doctoral project on the topic of the reproducibility and refinement of quantitative scientific methods in evolutionary anthropology.
The main aim of this project is to understand and refine processes of scientific knowledge transmission within the study of the evolution of human behavior and adaptation. Topical focuses may include: life history theory, kin selection, social exchange, kinship systems and inheritance, foraging, cultural transmission and social learning, ethnobiological knowledge, or others. Approaches may involve studies of reproducibility, meta-analyses, and the survey and refinement of analytical approaches to specific theoretically motivated questions.

Because department personnel maintain active field sites across the globe, opportunities for direct fieldwork are also available.
– M.A. or M.Sc. in a relevant science with excellent course records at the start of position
– experience working with quantitative data in a research computing context
– excellent communication skills and ability to work with a team
– demonstrated ability to learn new skills
– experience with a computing language such as Python or R
– experience with data manipulation and statistical programming
– knowledge of relevant evolutionary and anthropological theory
Department doctoral candidates are funded by the Institute, and allocate their time between individual research projects and collaborative departmental work. Salaries are determined according to the German public service pay scale (TVöD).
Please address questions and completed applications electronically to Dr. Bret
Beheim ( Applications should include:
1. cover letter describing how you meet the essential and desired requirements
2. curriculum vitae, including the names of three professional references
3. research proposals consisting of:
    a. an outline of a comparative project investigating reproducibility in a research discipline
    b. an outline of a complimentary research question that can feasibly be answered
All electronic applications received by 1 March 2017 will be considered. Suitable candidates will be invited for interview (in person, or via Internet) in late March 2017, with a view to offering positions in April 2017.
The Max Planck Society is committed to equal opportunities and to employing individuals with disabilities and explicitly encourages them to apply. Additionally, the Max Planck Society wishes to increase the proportion of women in areas in which they are underrepresented; women are therefore explicitly encouraged to apply.