Job announcement
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Center for Adaptive Rationality, Berlin

Postdoc on Collective Intelligence

Application deadline: 01.06.2017
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The Center for Adaptive Rationality (ARC) at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany seeks applicants for a


This 3-year position is available from August 2017 onwards, but later start dates are possible.

The postdoctoral project aims at investigating the dynamics underlying collective intelligence. Under which conditions can collectives outperform individual decision makers and vice versa? How should individuals be combined, and how should interactions be structured to reap the benefits of collective intelligence? We investigate both the fundamental conditions underlying collective intelligence processes (using theoretical modelling and empirical approaches) as well as applying our insights to real-world decision making contexts (e.g., medical diagnostics, lie detection). More specifically, this postdoctoral project consists of analysing existing data sets as well as designing and conducting novel research on collective intelligence. Limited work on collective decision making in animal groups (e.g., fish) is also possible.

We seek a postdoctoral researcher with a strong interest in collective behaviour. A successful applicant should hold a doctoral degree in biology, psychology, computer science, or related fields. Applicants should have a solid background in statistical / computational / theoretical modelling, and ideally experience with human (collective) decision making experiments. In addition, the ability to work independently and high proficiency of the English language are essential.

For further inquiries about the position, please contact Dr. Ralf Kurvers (

The Center for Adaptive Rationality at the MPI for Human Development ( is an interdisciplinary and international research group where English is the working language. We offer an excellent infrastructure including support staff and equipment for conducting human decision making experiments (e.g., behavioral laboratory, GPS tracking and supercomputers).

The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

To apply, please send a research statement, a CV, copies of two publications and two reference letters as a single PDF file to Yvonne Bennett (; MPI for Human Development, Lentzeallee 94, 14195 Berlin), PREFERABLY BY 1 JUNE 2017. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

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