The Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn is an international research institute with two departments and several research groups.

The Max Planck Research Group “Mechanisms of Normative Change” is a research unit at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn and studies the underlying causal mechanisms of cooperation, conflict and normative change. It is headed by Fabian Winter and currently works in sociology of migration, social media, and hate speech. The research group works mostly with quantitative methods allowing causal inference, such as experimental methods, panel data, or unstructured data as well as statistical and formal modeling. The position has no teaching obligations.

The research group offers several positions at the earliest possible date: 

Senior Research Fellows

(Post-Doc, TVöD E14)

in the field of experimental sociology or computational social sciences such as natural language processing with a particular focus on the evolution of social norms.

The MPI is an interdisciplinary research institute with additional teams in Behavioral Law and Economics (Christoph Engel), Economics (Matthias Sutter), Cognitive Psychology (Susann Fiedler), and Social and Personality Psychology (Anna Baumert). The MPI is part of the research triangle in Bonn (together with the University of Bonn and the briq – Institute for Behavior & Inequality), and researchers are encouraged to participate in joint seminars.

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Scholars with a demonstrated interest and record in researching social norms, experimental methods, sociology of social media, with an analytical sociology approach, are especially encouraged to apply.

The PhD position is limited for a period of one year (based on WissZeitVG), and paid according to TVöD Bund pay group 14.

To learn more about the Max Planck Research Group “Mechanisms of Normative Change”, please visit our website at

The Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods is an equal opportunities 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.

Please apply exclusively online via our application portal:

Please send a cover letter and CV (three pages max.) describing how you believe your interest and expertise can contribute to this project, additionally, please include one or two manuscripts or published articles in your application which you feel best represent your work and its relation to this project.

The application deadline is 30 April 2021

We are looking forward to your application!

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