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Call for postdoc applicants interested in a MSCA Individual Fellowship in Behavioral Economics and Psychology

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    UiT The Arctic University of Norway
    Psychological sciencesPsychology
    Established Researcher (R3)
    02/02/2018 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Norway › Tromsø

UiT The Arctic University of Norway has established «The Arctic MSCA-IF program» to select excellent young researchers planning to submit applications for a Marie Skƚodowska Curie individual fellowship (MSCA-IF) in order to pursue a research career (uit.no/afu/arcticmsca). We invite applications from promising young researchers within the field of Behavioral Economics and Psychology. The selected candidate will write a proposal for a 24-month MSCA-IF at UiT together with Dr. Andrea Mannberg. This is an opportunity to accelerate your research career while living in the urban research city of Tromsø, uniquely located at the top of the world surrounded by some of Europe’s last pristine wild nature.

This call is one of 31 from pre-selected supervisors at UiT The Arctic University of Norway through the “Arctic MSCA-IF program” (uit.no/afu/arcticmsca/supervisors). Successful postdoc candidates will be invited to Tromsø (travel and accommodation expenses covered) for a two-day MSCA-IF symposium on May 30-31, 2018. At this event, the candidates will present their past research achievements, discuss future plans with their potential supervisor and learn how to write a successful MSCA-IF application. Together with the supervisor, the selected candidates will start developing their MSCA-IF application towards the MSCA-IF deadline of September 12th 2018.

In this call we search for talented, young researchers within the field of Behavioral Economics and Psychology as presented by Dr. Mannberg:

In spite of extensive investments in safety by both private and public agents, serious accidents continue to occur. In many cases, victims themselves caused the accidents.

The aim of the White Heat project is to analyze the mechanisms behind voluntary exposure to high risk. We focus on risk-taking behavior in avalanche terrain. Backcountry skiers and snowmobilers expose themselves to the risk of being caught by an avalanche every time they enter into avalanche terrain, and the consequences of being caught are potentially fatal. We build on previous research in economics and psychology, which shows that human decision-making is affected by both social and emotional factors, and that our capacity to make good decisions is limited. In our project, we will analyze how our need to gain acceptance and respect affects our willingness to expose ourselves to risk. We will also test if our capacity to make good judgments in the face of hazard is affected by incidental moods, such as “stoke”. Finally, we will analyze the potential role of trend effects in the perceived risk of avalanches.

The White Heat project is a four-year project funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The research conducted within White Heat is collaboration between researchers in a wide variety of fields, e.g., economics, psychology, snow science, and engineering. We currently have partners in Norway, Sweden, and USA.

More info here.

Please send your CV (max 3 pages) and describe a research project that will strengthen and complement the presented research (max 2 pages) to ArcticMSCA@uit.no by Feb 2rd 2018. Mark your Application "Andrea Mannberg".

Eligibility criteria

The applicant must be an “Experienced Researcher”; he/she shall, by the time of the deadline (Sept 12th 2018), be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience. The ER can be of any nationality and shall not have spent more than 12 months in Norway in the three years immediately prior to September 12th 2018.

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Offer Requirements

    Economics: PhD or equivalent
    Psychological sciences: PhD or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
N-9037 Tromsø, Norway

EURAXESS offer ID: 266958


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