Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (f/m/x) (ID-Nr. 243)

The WZB Berlin Social Science Center, the research unit Markets and Choice (Unit Head: Prof. Dr. Dorothea Kübler), is seeking to employ

a Postdoctoral Researcher as Lab Manager for Lab² (f/m/x)

for the project “Incubator for Collaborative and Transparent Economic Sciences: Lab² ” funded by the Leibniz Association 2024-2027 (K523/2023), led by Dr. Levent Neyse (Berlin) and Prof. Anna Dreber (Stockholm School of Economics).
The position is full-time (39 hours per week) for a period of three years, starting preferably on 1. September 2024.
Project description
Lab² aims to be one of the most influential hubs for replications, robustness studies, and metascience in the field of economics. Lab² will work on three sets of activities: research, knowledge transfer as well as support and education. These activities will be conducted with a large consortium of economic laboratories and cooperation partners. Lab² will run, coordinate, and promote various types of replication and robustness studies to test the validity of scientific findings in economics. Lab² will also focus on scientific practices and tools of transparency by following the life cycle of research projects from conception to (post-)publication, thus aiming to contribute to developing common scientific norms and standard guidelines for transparent and replicable science. In addition to research, Lab² will organize scientific workshops, conferences, seminar series, public lectures and other forms of knowledge transfer and educational activities.

The host institute
The WZB Berlin Social Science Center is a publicly-financed research institution that conducts cutting-edge, theory-based, and problem-oriented social science research. WZB researchers come from across the globe and work across social science disciplines including sociology, political science, economics, law, and psychology. A member of the Leibniz Association, WZB’s research is directed at the science community, policy makers, the media and the general public. WZB is a member of the Berlin School of Economics (www. berlinschoolofeconomics.de).

Please find more information online on Lab² (https://www.wzb.eu/de/forschung/markt-und-entscheidung/verhalten-auf-ma… and www.labsquare.net), the research group Markets and Choice (www.wzb.eu/en/research/markets-and-choice), and the WZB (www.wzb.eu). Please consider also also the website of the Berlin Behavioral Economics group, which involves a large group of behavioral economists affiliated in different institutions in Berlin (https://bbe-berlin.de/).
Job description
Your tasks
  • Acting as the lab manager and technical coordinator of Lab² at the WZB in Berlin
  • Leading the data collection, management, and coordination of research projects within the Lab² framework
  • Programming experiments and surveys (i.e. zTree, zTree unleashed, oTree, Qualtrics, Smartriqs)
  • Preparing and disseminating replication packages and datasets to cooperation partners
  • Assisting with the development of methods to strengthen the replication and metascience agenda
  • Contributing to the design of studies
  • Co-authoring (with the Lab² members) in high-impact peer-reviewed journals
  • Conducting your own independent research on topics related to the project
  • Taking part in and contributing to Lab² network and WZB/ Berlin School of Economics activities, such as the seminar series and meetings
Your qualifications profile
  • Doctoral degree - or near to completion of doctorate - in economics, psychology, computational social sciences, data science or a related discipline on a topic relevant to the project
  • Excellent knowledge and demonstrated experience in experimental methods (both laboratory and online experiments) as well as surveys
  • In-depth knowledge of experimental and survey programming language and software such as z-Tree, oTree, Qualtrics, Smartriqs. Experience with Python and machine learning is an advantage
  • Knowledge of statistical software such as STATA, MATLAB, R, and/or Python
  • Excellent academic writing and communication skills in English
  • Experience with collaborative research in a project environment and high motivation to engage in such an environment
Our offer
  • Remuneration within the German Salary Scheme up to EG 14 TVöD Bund; (see https://oeffentlicher-dienst.info/tvoed/bund/ for more information)
  • Comprehensive program for continuous professional development and further qualification, in the own discipline and beyond
  • A well-equipped workplace in the center of Berlin
  • International, cooperative, and diverse working environment
  • In-depth integration into the Berlin-wide scientific community in the form of colloquiums and conferences
  • Flexible working hours
  • We promote a good work–life balance, and our engagement has been certified by audit-workandfamily (see: https://www.berufundfamilie.de/english-info/audit-berufundfamilie)
  • Additional benefits for public service employees (VBL U)
Have we sparked your interest? We are looking forward to receiving your online application by March 1st, 2024.

Applications should be made exclusively using the link provided.
Please apply with your complete documents in a single PDF file (in English), including:
  • A letter of motivation
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • Copies of relevant certificates
  • PhD certificate (if available)
Please ask 2 writers for letters of recommendation to send them directly to: recruiting.ploeffler [at] wzb.eu with “[your last name] Lab² reference letter” in the subject line.

Equally-qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preference. We value diversity and welcome all applications – irrespective of gender, nationality, ethnic or social origin, religion, disability, age, or sexual orientation. WZB expressly encourages women or persons with migration backgrounds to apply.

If you have any questions regarding the job opening, you can contact Levent Neyse at levent.neyse[at]wzb.eu