Econ Job Market (EJM)

September 22, 2021

4 Post-doctoral Fellowships for up to 6 years
(usually 2 times 3-year contracts)

(Post-Doc, 100% TVöd E14)

The Experimental Economics Group (led by Prof. Matthias Sutter) at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn invites applications for 4 full-time Senior Research Fellowship (post-doctoral fellowship) openings for candidates who already hold a PhD or are close to completing a PhD in economics or related fields.

The “Experimental Economics Group” has been founded in October, 2017. It focuses on using experimental methods – both in the lab and increasingly in the field - to study a broad variety of questions that are relevant for society. Among many other important topics (like on the effects of scarcity on economic decision making, or the measurement of economic preferences), the following research areas feature prominently in the work of the group. First, the group studies how economic preferences develop in childhood and adolescence, and more generally in families. This area includes investigating the factors that determine the economic preferences of young people, and devising interventions to shape behavior in a way that promotes success in life. Second, the group focuses on how fairness concerns, social norms or image concerns promote efficient social interactions. Here, the group concentrates on understanding the role of fairness, honesty and other determinants as a prerequisite for mutually beneficial social interactions.

About positions

The successful candidates will hold a PhD in economics or a related field or are about to defend a PhD soon. Candidates with a strong interest in behavioral and experimental work are particularly encouraged to apply, but we are also very open to candidates with excellent skills in data analysis (but little experience in behavioral and experimental work). These positions do not involve any teaching requirement. Post-doctoral fellows at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods are entitled to an annual individual research budget.


The positions are based on 3-year fixed term contracts that can be renewed once (implying that the maximum duration of the positions is 6 years). The starting date of the positions is expected to be in 2022, with details being negotiable. A subcontract concerning the period before the actual start date as a Post-doc may be available for eligible candidates who have not yet completed their PhD but are close to completion.

Salary and other benefits

These positions are paid according to TVöD Bund pay group 14 (100%).

The Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women with the requisite qualifications and interests are particularly welcome. The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds. The Max Planck Society is also seeking to increase the number of employees with severe disabilities. Applications from such candidates will be given special consideration.


Applications must be submitted by November 15, 2021 (23:59 UTC) using the EconJobMarket Platform.

The application package should include:

- a CV with a list of publications/working papers

- a research statement (at most two pages)

- a cover letter (at most two pages)

- a job market paper (published article or manuscript)

- copies of degree certificates

- 3 letters of reference

The interviews with the invited candidates will take place virtually at the 4th European Job Market for Economists from Wednesday, December 15 to Saturday, December 18, 2021. We then plan to invite the selected candidates to Bonn for job talks between 11-20 January 2022 (depending on the pandemic situation).

For questions about the positions, please contact

Location of job: Bonn, Germany

Degree required: Doctorate

Job start date:  2022

Job duration: 3 years with renewal option for another 3 years

Letters of reference required: 3

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