PostDoc position in Mathematical modelling of cooperation, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany

Our group explores under which conditions individuals cooperate. To this
end, we translate social interactions into mathematical games. These
games can then be explored analytically, with computer simulations, and
with behavioral experiments.

We are looking for motivated researchers to join us.

Post Doc Position (2 years)
Modeling reciprocity in changing environments

Typical models of reciprocity assume that individuals interact in the
very same game over and over again. In such setups, already simple
strategies like “Tit-for-Tat” suffice to enforce cooperation. However,
in many natural applications, such as the management of natural
resources, individual actions today can alter the entire strategic
situation in future rounds. Such scenarios with environmental feedback
can be described by stochastic games. The project aims to characterize
how environmental feedback affects cooperation, and what strategies the
individuals adopt.

Applicants should have a strong quantitative background; ideally they
already have experience in using classical or evolutionary game theory
to analyze social behavior. The position requires a sound mathematical
background, programming skills (Matlab, Python,… ), and experience in
scientific writing. Experience with behavioral experiments is an
advantage, but not necessary.

Working environment
The Max Planck Research Group “Dynamics of Social Behavior” has been
established in October 2019, and is led by Dr. Christian Hilbe. The
group is a part of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in
Plön, Germany. The institute has three departments (Evolutionary Theory,
Microbial Population Biology, Evolutionary Genetics) and several
additional research groups. It hosts several workshops per year and
continuously welcomes international short-term and long-term visitors,
creating a stimulating and positive research environment.
In addition, the research group maintains strong collaborations with
external researchers, including researchers from Harvard University, IST
Austria, and the University of Exeter.

Plön is a small town close to the Baltic Sea, embedded into a beautiful
landscape with numerous lakes. The area provides ample opportunity for
free time activities such as swimming, canoeing, or biking in a stunning
environment. The cities of Kiel and Lübeck (≥200,000 inhabitants) are
only half an hour train ride away. Hamburg (Germany’s second largest
city) can be reached within 1.5h by train.

Interested students and Post Docs should send their application
(motivation letter, CV, copies of certificates, contact details of two
references) by email to Please use the code
PostDoc2019 in the subject line.

The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We
welcome applications from all backgrounds. The Max Planck Society is
committed to employing more disabled individuals and especially
encourages them to apply. 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.

For further questions, please get in contact with Dr. Christian Hilbe.
The application deadline is December 15, 2019. However, the positions
will remain open until filled by qualified candidates.

Dr. Christian Hilbe
Research Group Dynamics of Social Behavior
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany

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