Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology GmbH

image Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology GmbH
(Leibniz-ZMT GmbH), Bremen

The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology GmbH (Leibniz-ZMT GmbH) in Bremen is a member of the Leibniz Association, which is supported by the German Federal and State Governments. Through its research, Leibniz-ZMT GmbH contributes to developing science-based strategies for sustainable use of tropical coastal systems (

Within an interdisciplinary project entitled

“Triple C: Contribution to Coral Commons (Natural field experiment)”
the ZMT has a PhD position available.

(Reference number I)

The project is funded through the Leibniz Association and involves collaboration between the ZMT, Jacobs University Bremen and other partners. Starting date for the three-year doctoral student position is May 1th, 2014 or shortly thereafter. The deadline for applications is the March 1th, 2014. Salary will be paid according to the German TV-L EG 13 for a part-time position (50%).

Within this interdisciplinary project involving economists, other social scientists and ecologists, we want to find out in a cross cultural perspective, what determines the willingness to contribute to the coral commons dilemma: Corals are currently under severe stress due to human impact. This sub-project will run a web or app based donation experiment in various countries, where we raise money together with an international NGO. We are looking for a candidate with a degree in Economics or any other Social Science. She or he should have knowledge or be very interested in running behavioral experiments. In our case this also requires a certain affinity towards web or app production (with professional help) and the ability to deal with huge amounts of data. Theoretically you should be interested in the question of what motivates people to donate for a collective cause, might it be from a commons or environmental or behavioural economics perspective, might it be from environmental psychology or marketing perspective. Regardless of the discipline you come from, you should be interested in and accept the knowledge production of other disciplines, as the success of the whole project relies on working together.

The Leibniz-ZMT GmbH is an equal opportunity employer. Disabled persons with comparable qualification receive preferential status. Your application should include a complete CV, publication list (if available), a short outline of research interests and experience, and two letters of reference. Please send the documents as a single pdf file by e-mail to I. Sanz Jannke, indicate the above mentioned reference number and include your Master’s thesis or equivalent to. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

If you have any specific questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Achim Schlüter (

Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology GmbH, Fahrenheitstraße 6, D-28359 Bremen


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