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    SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
    Psychological sciencesPsychology
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    25/06/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Poland › Wrocław


Name and description of the research project:

Is recurring irrationality adaptively rational? The role of numeracy and adaptive strategy selection in decisions under risk and uncertainty.

Every day we make various decisions that may result in consequences of different weights. For example, a trivial decision of whether to take an umbrella before leaving home or not becomes meaningful if we expect heavy rainfall. If our personal goal is to make a good impression during an interview for the desired job, the decision to take the umbrella on a cloudy day is simple, and we do not have to deliberate on its costs and benefits. However, if our personal goal is to have a good time with old friends, we may seriously consider whether it is worth carrying the cumbersome umbrella, at the same time accepting the risk of leaving it in a restaurant or getting wet on the way to the meeting.

The main goal of the current project is to show that skilled decision makers (i.e., people with high statistical numeracy) are able to learn the importance of various choice problems (similar to those mentioned above), which allow them to select choice strategy adaptively and make superior decisions. We predict that people with high numeracy, in comparison to people with low numeracy, will employ and manifest recurring irrationality that would result in making superior decisions in the long run. Specifically, depending on the task structure, the characteristics of the environment, and personal goals, people with high numeracy will make a greater number of fast decisions based on heuristics when it pays off. That is, when a choice problem is perceived as trivial, they will make fast decisions, but at the same time, they will use a more comprehensive strategy and deliberate longer to solve personally meaningful choice problems. We hypothesize that even if decisions based on simple and fast heuristics are suboptimal according to normative standards, repeated satisfactory choices made within a limited time frame will lead to better overall outcomes than optimal choices predicted by rational choice theory. In this sense, the recurring irrationality is adaptively rational. In the present project, we will investigate this research problem in a series of experiments.

More Information


We offer:

  • doctoral scholarships for 48 months,

  • doctoral scholarships shall amount to:

    • PLN 5,000 per month (gross) (PLN 3,790 per month net), by the month in which a Ph.D. student's mid-term evaluation is performed at the doctoral school and

    • PLN 6,000 per month (gross) (PLN 4,545 per month net), after the month in which a Ph.D. student's mid-term evaluation is performed at the doctoral school and

  • financial support for conducting studies that are research tasks in the project and attending conferences to present results of the project,

  • work in a professional and friendly environment among outstanding scientists and influential experts.

Eligibility criteria

Eligibility criteria

Formal criteria:

  • competencies to perform specific tasks in a research project (70% of the final score)

  • publication track record, including publications in renowned scientific papers/ magazines (30% of the final score):

Selection process

Required documents:

Candidates should submit the following documents:

  • Scientific CV in English containing:
    • description of research experience,
    • list of publications - also those in preparation,
    • list of conference presentations,
    • list of awards and achievements regarding scientific work.
  • Scan of a document confirming receipt of the Master's degree or fifth-year student status.
  • Welcome:
    • reference letter from an advisor or collaborators,
    • motivation letter describing research competencies and motivation to engage in the project.


Selection process:

Please submit your documents: https://tiny.pl/799tr


Application deadline: 25.06.2020

Competition results announced: 01.07.2020

Date of project commencement: 01.10.2020


Competition committee:

Jakub Traczyk, Ph.D. - Chair of the Committee

Agata Gąsiorowska, Ph.D. – Member of the Committee

Tomasz Zaleśkiewicz, Ph.D. – Member of the Committee

Paulina Krembuszewska – Committee Secretary

After reviewing applications, the highest-ranked candidates may be invited for an interview.

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Required Research Experiences

    Psychological sciences
    1 - 4

Offer Requirements

    Psychological sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent



A successful candidate will work on Ph.D. thesis (related to the research problem described in the current research grant). The tasks will include:

  • developing ideas and hypotheses put forward in the research project,

  • designing and conducting experiments,

  • performing data analysis,

  • preparing conference presentations/posters and attending scientfic conferences,

  • preparing publications,

  • regular work at the Faculty of Psychology in Wrocław (SWPS University).

Specific Requirements


Concerning the scholarship for a Ph.D. student, we will apply the general criteria formulated by the National Science Center in Poland, and following additional criteria:

  • candidate must hold MA in psychology or be a student in the last year of Master's degree program (in the field of psychology),

  • the scientific record/experience of a candidate must be from the scope of cognitive psychology or economic psychology,

  • candidate must have experience in experimental research,

  • candidate must be fluent in English,

  • candidate must have experience in programming (e.g., R, Matlab).


Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
Aleksandra Ostrowskiego 30b

EURAXESS offer ID: 528532


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