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Collection and evaluation of basal attributes of living materials systems

Doctoral position in the Area of Psychology and Philosophy

Evaluations and behavioral decisions constitute essential, complex cognitive and affective psychological processes with many determining factors. Consequently, we expect a multitude of factors to have an impact on the acceptance of living materials systems. Our focus is on the development of new approaches to acceptance research, especially towards the prediction of acceptance of technical systems which do not yet exist. This also includes an ethical reflection of living materials systems, in close collaboration with the philosophical subproject livMatS as part of and reaction to the Anthropocene. The core goal of this project is to assess attitudes and to predict the evaluation of living materials systems based on basal attributes and their interaction. Possible types of attributes will be collected based on the identification of the main characteristics of living materials systems and psychological considerations in recent technical advances. Thereby qualitative (interview) and quantitative (survey, questionnaire) methods will be developed in an interdisciplinary work environment. These methods will also be applied in the context of the participative outreach projects and the public engagement activities of livMatS.

Applicants should have a Master's Degree in Psychology, Philosophy, Computer Sciences, Cognitive Sciences or a subject in the Humanities. Good skills in empirical research methods, statistics and very good English skills are mandatory. Further we expect good social, organizational and communication skills and the ability to work both independently as well as in an interdisciplinary team.

Applications are closed as of March 1st 2019. We expect to fill this position by May 1st 2019.The position will be supervised by Prof. Dr. Andrea Kiesel and Prof. Dr. Lore Hühn.

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