Postdoc (m/f/d)

Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM), Hamburg

The Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (www.bnitm.de/en) is the largest research institute for tropical medicine in Germany and is the National Reference Centre for Tropical Pathogens, a WHO Collaborating Centre and member of the Leibniz Association.

The Health Communication Working Group (Prof. Cornelia Betsch) within the section Implementation Research at BNITM in Hamburg is looking for a highly motivated

Postdoc (m/f/d)

– full-time, EG 13 TV-AVH –

The position is temporary for 2 years with 40 weekly working hours.

The Health Communication Working Group focuses on the determinants of human (health) behavior and how to change it. Current key research areas are pandemic behavior, vaccination, climate change and planetary health. The research group derives innovative research ideas and interventions from theories and methods from psychology, behavioral economics, communication science, and health communication. Considerable behavioral and social research is confined to individuals and societies from the global north. Our research group seeks to increase attention to the perspective and context of the Global South within the behavioral sciences.

The vacant position is located in the field of planetary health and focuses primarily on the climate crisis and its consequences for health. The project this position is located in is funded by the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The project goal is to implement a regular monitoring on attitudes and behavior related to climate change and health. The selected candidate will conduct research in our team (jointly with the Health Communication Team at the University of Erfurt), will conduct statistical analyses of monthly collected data, will publish study results on the project website and in international journals, will support the internationalization of the study, and will develop their own research profile. In particular, the selected candidate will advance the measurement instruments used in the study and experimental studies that are part of the project. For this, they will analyze correlative and experimental data on a manifest and latent level and they will support the publication of these results employing R-Markdowns on the project website and in scientific journals.

Your profile:

  • Motivated scientist with a university degree and PhD in psychology, empirical social sciences, statistics, or a closely related discipline
  • Experience in planning and execution of scientific studies
  • Prior knowledge in handling large data and partly automated quantitative data analysis
  • Prior knowledge of ecological psychology and climate protection are beneficial
  • Interest in cross-cultural and cross-country comparative studies and research in the countries of BNITM's African partner institutions
  • Experience in quantitative data analysis
  • Experience in planning and conducting scientific studies
  • Experience in international publication of scientific results
  • Experience in attracting third-party funding is beneficial
  • Willingness to practice Open Science
  • Very good knowledge of German and English (both spoken and written)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Creative and independent mindset, desire for innovative research questions
  • Enjoyment of teamwork

Your tasks:

  • Joint research with the team, especially studies about the climate crisis and health (Planetary Health)
  • Planning, conducting, documenting, analyzing, interpreting studies and subsequently writing scientific publications, participating in conferences, and presenting scientific data
  • Willingness to attract third-party funding for own profile development and further scientific qualification as well as a contribution to the profile of the working group
  • Independent guidance and supervision of scientific staff and students in their respective areas of responsibility
  • Supervision of guest scientists
  • Active participation in capacity building activities
  • Communication with national and international cooperation partners and scientists
  • Participation in consortium meetings
  • Participation in the application process for research funds
  • Participation in science communication activities
  • Taking responsibility for personnel and budget, project management and administration

We offer:

  • Horizontal organization, a high level of responsibility and a great deal of creative freedom
  • Encouragement of internal and external collaborations as well as own research ideas
  • Collaboration in a nationally and internationally connected, agile and dedicated research team
  • Support from amiable and competent team colleagues
  • Numerous opportunities to gain teaching experience
  • Opportunities for further scientific qualification
  • Working in a socially highly relevant field of research
  • 30 days of vacation per year
  • flexible and family-friendly working hours
  • subsidy for childcare
  • subsidy for the HVV-ProfiTicket
  • company pension scheme

The position is remunerated in accordance with the rules of public service as outlined in TV-AVH (Collective bargaining agreement of the Hamburg Labor Law Association).

We support our employees in achieving a work-life balance and promote the professional equality of women and men. We strive to assist women in their scientific career, increase the number of women in research and reduce under-representation in all areas and positions in general. We explicitly welcome applications from people with disabilities.

As a member of the Diversity Charter, the largest diversity management network in Germany, we are also committed to making diversity an integral part of our institute culture. It is our goal to create a working environment that is free of prejudice.

Please apply by 6.7.2022 preferably online with the required documents (cover letter, detailed CV incl. list of publications, university certificates with grades and contact details of 2 references) via our online form.

Alternatively you may apply by postal mail referring to "GEKO PACE“ to Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, HR Department, Bernhard-Nocht-Str. 74, 20359 Hamburg, Germany.

If you have any questions regarding the formal application process or the selection procedure, please contact Linda Dvorak from the HR Department (dvorak(at)bnitm.de).

For all other questions please contact Prof. Dr. Cornelia Betsch (cornelia.betsch(at)bnitm.de).