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Postdoc sökes till projekt om hur sociala normer förändras


Postdoc to do research on social norm change

We are seeking a strong and highly motivated candidate for a postdoctoral position (fixed-term appointment of up to a maximum of 3 year) with a background in experimental social psychology or experimental economics.

The successful candidate will work in close collaboration with Dr. Giulia Andrighetto, the Principal Investigator of the 5 years Wallenberg Foundation Project “How do human norms form and change?”.  
The project is briefly presented here

Social norms are the glue that holds society and people together. They regulate almost every aspect of our social life, from the act of leaving tips in restaurants and how we greet each other, to how to fulfill major collective responsibilities, such as management of local water resources. Yet, sometimes social norms sustain practices that are, in the long run, harmful to their members. These norms include cheating on taxes, paying bribes, and repressing minorities. The project will explore how poor and destructive social norms can change, using available theoretical and experimental tools from philosophy, social psychology, economics and social sciences.

Job description 

The successful candidate must have a PhD (or receive it soon) and she/he will be creative, independent, and with an inclination for interdisciplinary research and have expertise in one or more of the following topics: social norms, cooperation collective action, social dilemmas, reputation, trust. Finally, she/he will have experience with the design of experiments and the analysis of empirical data. 

She/he will be recruited by the Institute for Futures Studies in Stockholm and will contribute to the development of behavioral experiments to understand social norms and their dynamics. The Institute is located in central Stockholm. During the project there will also be opportunities to conduct research, experiments and fieldwork in Italy. The working language is English.

Salary: Salary is 37 000-40 000 SEK per month, depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience.
Starting from: Spring 2019.


Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents in English. Please compile all documents as a single pdf file:

1) A curriculum vitae
2) A letter of application (max 1 page) outlining how the applicant’s expertise could productively contribute to the understanding of social norms and their dynamics, in particular how they change.
3) two research articles (not necessarily published yet),
4) names and contact details of three people who are confident in your work.

Please send your application to jobs@iffs.se by January 27, 2019.

For more information about the project, please contact: giulia.andrighetto@gmail.com
or more information about the Institute for Futures Studies, please contact Christina Alwert.

We look forward to applications from all sexes and birth backgrounds, functionalities and life experiences.

Read more about the research on values and norms that is conducted at the Institute for Futures Studies.

The Institute for Futures Studies carries out interdisciplinary research on important future issues and participates in the public discussion with its seminar and publication activities. Under the management of Director Gustaf Arrhenius (Professor of Moral and Political Philosophy), eighty-eight researchers from various disciplines work with future studies and long-term analysis.