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Master’s degree in economics, econometrics, computer science, psychology, behavioral genetics, epidemiology,

Several PhD positions for genoeconomics are available as part of a joint research initiative of Erasmus University Rotterdam and the University of Amsterdam. Genoeconomics is a newly emerging research field that investigates the molecular genetic architecture of economic preferences (e.g. risk preferences, time discounting) and important lifetime outcomes (e.g. educational attainment, happiness, self-employment). This research could be transformative for the social sciences by providing new tools and insights to study the causes of behaviors and outcomes. Furthermore, the results of this research can inform medical research by identifying relevant causal pathways for disease outcomes (e.g. cognition-related or cardio-vascular diseases) that can help to identify individuals at risk early on. The PhD candidates will be embedded in an international, interdisciplinary research team that spearheads this new research field.

Keywords

Behavioral genetics, microeconomics, molecular genetics, genoeconomics

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ERIM PhD 2013 Geneconomics

Topic

Twin and family studies show that a broad range of psychological traits, economic preferences, and social and economic outcomes are moderately heritable. Discovery of genetic variants associated with such outcomes can lead to new insights into the causal pathways underlying human behaviour, including the complex interplay of environmental and genetic factors. Thus, social scientists, including economists and management scholars, have begun to look to genetics to inform their work. The overall aim of this new interdisciplinary research field is to address the following questions:

 

i. Can particular genetic markers associated with social-science traits be identified?

 

ii. To what extent can genetic data be informative about an individual’s traits?

 

iii. How does the environment moderate genetic effects?

 

iv. How can genetic insights be integrated into the social sciences?

 

v. How can medical research benefit from insights about the genetics of social-science traits?

 

The PhD candidates will address one or several of these research questions in projects that will focus on one or several economic variables, such as educational attainment, risk preferences, time preferences, or self-employment.

 

Approach

 

As a part of this PhD project, the candidate will learn and apply modern statistical methods for the analysis of molecular genetic data. This includes, but is not limited to, genome-wide association analysis, meta-analysis, polygenic scores and heritability estimates using molecular genetic data. The necessary skills for using the appropriate statistical methods can be learned during the first year of employment. The candidate will work with data from different sources, including the Rotterdam Study, the Health and Retirement Study, the Swedish Twin Registry, and the Social Science Genetics Association Consortium (http://www.ssgac.org).

 

Literature references

 

  • D. J. Benjamin et al., The genetic architecture of economic and political preferences. PNAS. 109, 8026-8031 (2012).
  • J. P. Beauchamp et al., Molecular genetics and economics. J. Econ. Persp. 25, 57-82 (2011).
  • D. J. Benjamin et al., The promises and pitfalls of genoeconomics. Ann. Rev. Econ. 4, 627-662 (2012).
  • D. Cesarini, C. T. Dawes, M. Johannesson, P. Lichtenstein, B. Wallace, Genetic variation in preferences for giving and risk taking. Q. J. Econ. 124, 809-842 (2009).
  • C. A. Rietveld et al., Molecular genetics and subjective well-being. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2013). doi:10.1073/pnas.1222171110
  • Van der Loos, Matthijs J.H.M., et al., The molecular genetic architecture of self-employment. PLoS ONE. 8(4), e60542 (2013).
  • C. A. Rietveld et al., GWAS of 126,559 individuals identifies genetic variants associated with educational attainment. Science. 340, 1467-1471 (2013).
  • R. Plomin, J. DeFries, V. Knopik, J. Neiderhiser, Behavioral Genetics (Worth Publishers, ed. 6th edition, 2013).

 

Cooperation

 

The position will be affiliated with the newly established Erasmus University Rotterdam Institute of Biology and Economic Behavior (EURIBEB) and can be located at the Erasmus School of Economics or the Amsterdam Business School. The candidate will be part of a team that is leading this research effort, including Albert Hofman (Epidemiology), Roy Thurik (Economics), Patrick Groenen (Econometrics), and Philipp Koellinger (Economics & Business). Furthermore, the candidate will work closely with the principal investigators of the Social Science Genetics Association Consortium (Daniel Benjamin at Cornell University, David Cesarini at New York University and Philipp Koellinger at the University of Amsterdam) and Magnus Johannesson at the Stockholm School of Economics. Research visits at one or several of our international collaborators are encouraged. The team is internationally leading the development of this new interdisciplinary research field.

 

Expected output

 

The outcome of the project will consist in a number of research papers that will form the contents of the PhD dissertation. The project is designed to result in publications in leading academic journals in the areas of economics, medicine and genetics.

 

Scientific relevance

 

Genoeconomics could have several important impacts, including the following three:

 

1. Understanding individual differences

 

Studying the molecular genetics of behaviour has the potential to be transformative for the social sciences because it addresses fundamental questions that social scientists are interested in: Why are people different from each other? Why do they do the things they do? A better understanding of the biological foundations of behaviour may identify structural parameters of theoretical models in the social sciences and provide an empirical basis for decomposing crude theoretical constructs (e.g., time preference) into more primitive, truly exogenous attributes.

 

2. Understanding causal pathways from biology to behaviour and outcomes

 

Once robust associations between genes and social scientific outcomes have been established, researchers are able to use genetic data to learn about the causal pathways of the outcomes they are interested in. This could lead to completely new insights that could be useful in improving theory and predicting behaviour.

 

3. Improving traditional empirical research in the social sciences

 

Social scientists may be able to use genetic data to improve traditional empirical research. In particular, genetic data can be used to better understand how the environment influences behaviour and economic outcomes. For example, an important concern is to understand the effects of public policy interventions such as expensive programs aiming to increase student achievement. Genetic information can be used to improve the precision of causal effect estimates of such interventions, especially in the context of randomized experiments where controlling for unobserved genetic heterogeneity can increase the statistical power to identify the effects of the treatment. In the latter context, genetic information can substitute, to some extent, for sample size in the experiment. This is particularly useful if the experiment is expensive, the number of participants in the experiment cannot be increased, and if genetic information of the participants is available at low or no additional cost.

 

Societal relevance

 

Insights from genoeconomics can contribute to several important societal goals:

 

1. Improving public policy: Genoeconomics can inform our understanding of how to craft effective public policies via different routes, including:

 

– A better understanding of the causal pathways contributing towards individual differences, behaviour, and socio-economic outcomes;

 

– Shedding light on the complex interplay between environmental conditions, public policies, and genetic predispositions of individuals;

 

– Developing and apply tools that contribute to the evaluation of the effectiveness of public policies, by using genetic data to get more precise estimates of the causal effects of such interventions.

 

2.  Contributing to better public health and lower health costs: The onset of many heritable diseases can be delayed or even prevented if individuals at risk are identified early and accurately. Even if the onset of disease cannot be prevented, early diagnosis can open up additional, effective treatment options and result in overall cost savings. Thus, early identification of people at risk can contribute towards increasing health outcomes and lowering the long-run costs of treatment. Genoeconomics can help contribute to these important goals in two ways:

 

– Improve existing statistical methods that use genetic data to identify persons at risk for heritable diseases in general;

 

– Leverage the insights from the genoeconomics to enable early diagnosis of people at risk for cognition-related disease such as dementia.

 

PhD candidate profile

 

Candidates should have a recently completed Master’s degree in economics, econometrics, computer science, psychology, behavioral genetics, epidemiology, or another field that provides a sufficient background in statistics. Good computer skills and some knowledge of programming languages are an advantage. Furthermore, curiosity and an interest to work in an interdisciplinary environment are regarded as assets.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 18 November 2013

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Doctoral Positions in the Life Sciences : Giessen, Germany

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The International Giessen Graduate School for the Life Sciences (GGL) of the Faculties of Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Nutritional Sciences, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine and the Ph.D. Programme of the Faculties of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine invite applicants to the

Doctoral Programmes in the Life Sciences.

The Doctoral Programmes consist of a three-year interdisciplinary graduate course curriculum combined with an experimental project leading to a dissertation. Each doctoral researcher will be supervised by two professors from different faculties and will benefit from our Doctoral Researcher Development Programme. Seminars and courses are conducted in English; German language courses are offered for international students.

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Depending on the project selected and own qualifications students may receive a scholarship and may be eligible to register for one of the doctoral degrees offered at the Justus Liebig University Giessen (Ph. D., Dr. med., Dr. med. dent., Dr. biol. hom., Dr. med. vet., Dr. biol. anim., Dr. phil., Dr. rer. nat., Dr. agr. and Dr. oec. troph).

Applicants can choose from eight interdisciplinary research sections:
Nutrition and Metabolism;
Infection and Immunity;
Heart, Lung and Blood Vessels; Protein and Nucleic Acid Interactions;
Neurosciences;
Reproduction in Man and Animals;
Stress Resistance and Adaptation;
Molecular Interactions at Natural Interfaces.

A Master´s degree or equivalent is required for admission.

Prospective research projects and names of supervisors as well as other information necessary for application can be found online.

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5 doctoral positions/scholarships,So­cio­logy, Psychology, Educational Science, Political Science, Eco­no­mics, Demography, and Statistics

These positions are available from October 1st 2013 for three years (subject to satisfactory progress reviews after 12 and 24 months).

BAGSS is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) as part of the German Excellence Initiative from November 2012 until October 2017. Research at the Graduate School will be conducted in four broad, interdisciplinary fields:

  • education, personal development and learning from early childhood to adult­hood
  • education and social inequality across the life course
  • human capital, labour markets and demographic structures and their impact on social inequality in modern societies
  • governance, institutional change and political behavior

Qualifications and requirements:

We are inviting applications from highly qualified graduates from the fields of So­cio­logy, Psychology, Educational Science, Political Science, Eco­no­mics, Demography, and Statistics. Qualified graduates of related subjects with a strong Social Science back­ground are also encouraged to apply. Candidates must hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in one of the afore­mentioned subjects or be very close to completion. Successful ap­pli­cants will be required to take up their residence in Bamberg, a city noted for its very high quality of life.

Remuneration for the doctoral positions is based on Grade E 13 TV-L (50%) of the German Public Service Salary Scale. There is a teaching obligation of two hours per week for one semester.

Holders of the doctoral scholarships receive a monthly stipend of 1,365 Euro, plus family allowances and child-care expenses in accordance with DFG guidelines where applicable.

The Graduate School is committed to diversity, equal opportunity and the com­pa­ti­bi­li­ty of family and career. It therefore explicitly encourages ap­pli­cations from women. As an international research institution, the School particularly welcomes applications from abroad. Applicants with disabilities possessing essentially equivalent qua­li­fi­ca­tions will receive preferential consideration.

For further information about the application process and the required documents, please visit our website at www.uni-bamberg.de/bagss

The deadline for the submission of your application is Sunday, June 2, 2013.

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PhD scholarships at Copenhagen School of Social Sciences,Master and Bachelor Apply

PhD scholarships at Copenhagen School of Social Sciences

Applications are invited for PhD scholarships at Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen. Employment is to begin on 1 September 2013.
The PhD programme provides PhD students with strong research training which opens up a window of opportunity to a variety of careers within the private and public sectors. The programme includes the drafting of a PhD thesis, active participation in research networks, PhD courses, and teaching and other forms of knowledge dissemination. The PhD programme can be undertaken as a three year full-time study within the framework of the 5+3 study programme, or as a four year full-time study within the framework of the 4+4 study programme.
Information
Further information about the study programmes of each department is available on the Graduate School´s website:
Applicants should familiarize themselves with the research strategy and the ongoing research at the relevant department before submitting their application. Further information can be found:
Applications
  • The Faculty welcomes applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of age, gender, race, religion, ethnic background and citizenship.
  • In order to be awarded a PhD scholarship the applicant has to enrol as a PhD student at the Faculty of Social Sciences, cf. the rules of the Danish Ministerial Order No. 18 of 14 January 2008.
  • An assessment committee will evaluate the applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee. When the assessment committee has finished the evaluation, each applicant will receive the evaluation of his/her application.
  • Please note that normally there is strong competition for these scholarships, and only a few can be awarded each term.
Further information
  • Department of Economics: Further information about the PhD study programme in Economics will be available at an orientation meeting on 3 April 2013 from 10.00 to 11.00 at the Centre for Health and Society, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Copenhagen K, Department of Economics, Building 26, 2nd floor, Room 26.2.21. Further information: http://www.econ.ku.dk/english/phd/
  • Department of Political Science: Further information about the PhD study programme in Political Science will be available at an orientation meeting on 4 April 2013 from 15.00 to 17.00 at the Centre for Health and Society, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Copenhagen K, Department of Political Science, Entrance E, 2nd floor, room 4.2.26 (Frokoststuen), the “Lunch Room”. Further information: http://polsci.ku.dk/english/phd/
  • Department of Psychology: Further information about the PhD study programme in Psychology will be available at an orientation meeting on 9 April 2013 at 14:00 at Øster Farimagsgade 2A, 1353 Copenhagen K, the cantine 1st floor. Further information: http://psychology.ku.dk/phd_programme/. Link to the research catalogue of the Department of Psychology: http://psychology.ku.dk/phd_programme/research_catalogue/
Scholarships offered for the 5+3 and the 4+4 PhD study programmes
The 5+3 PhD study programme
In order to be eligible for a scholarship in the 5+3 PhD study programme the applicant must have completed a two year master´s degree programme or have earned 120 ECTS credits at an equivalent academic level before starting his or her employment. Applicants should check the specific study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. PhD students are paid a salary in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The PhD student has a work obligation of up to 840 hours over the 3 year period of time without additional pay. The work obligation can for instance include teaching.
The 4+4 PhD study programme
Students who have completed a BSc and 60 ECTS of a master´s degree programme can enrol as PhD students simultaneously with their enrolment in the master´s degree programme. Applicants should check the specific study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. Until a master´s degree is obtained the grant is paid partly in the form of up to 48 state education grant portions (in Danish: SU-klip). More specifically the PhD student will be paid two grant portions per month plus salary for work (teaching, presentations etc.) which totals a workload of at least 280 hours. Payment and conditions of employment are carried out in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). Upon completion of the master´s degree programme the student is transferred to a salary-earning PhD scholarship.
On this website you will also find a time schedule for applicants for your information. Under “Legal basis” on the website you will find information about the rules and guidelines for the PhD programme and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities.
The application must be submitted electronically no later than 1 May 2013.
Applications can be submitted online via the Graduate School´s website:
or directly here:
Political Science: IMPORTANT. Please note that a special supplementary project application form must be enclosed with applications for the Department of Political Science. You will find the form here: http://polsci.ku.dk/uddannelser/phd/bilag/Applicationform.docx/This form replaces separate enclosures; research proposal, short study plan and budget. Use the category “Project description”.
Psychology: IMPORTANT. Please note that a special supplementary project application form must be enclosed with applications for the Department of Psychology. You will find the form here: http://www.psy.ku.dk/forskning/phd/ansoegningsskema/
This form replaces separate enclosures; research proposal, short study plan and budget. Use the category “Project description”.
Please note that it is only possible to upload one document per attachment category. If more than one document has to be uploaded in the same category, please make sure that they are scanned and collected in one file.
Applications received after deadline will not be taken into account.
Please note: Applications sent by regular mail or by e-mail will not be accepted.
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Founded in 1479, the University of Copenhagen is the oldest university in Denmark. With 37,000 students and 9,000 employees, it is among the largest universities in Scandinavia and one of the highest ranking in Europe. The University consists of six faculties, which cover Health and Medical Sciences, Humanities, Law, Science, Social Sciences and Theology.
Deadline: 01-05-2013
Publisher: Faculty of Social Sciences

2013 BIGSSS 15 PhD Fellowships in Germany

Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) offers PhD fellowships program. 15 stipends are offered to pursue PhD prgramme in one of BIGSSS’ three thematic fields: global governance and regional integration, welfare state, inequality and Quality of Life and in the field Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts. PhD stipends of 1300 Euros/month for 36 months, contingent on successful completion of each year.

Study Subject(s): The fellowships are provided to study Global Governance and Regional Integration, Welfare State, Inequality and Quality of Life and in the field Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts.
Course Level: This fellowship is available for pursuing PhD programme.
Scholarship Provider: Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences
Scholarship can be taken at: Germany

Eligibility: -An excellent MA degree (or national equivalents like the German “Diploma” or “Master”) in a discipline pertinent to at least one of BIGSSS’ three Thematic fields (see above), i.e. in Political Science (including related degree programs in European Studies or International Relations), Sociology, Psychology, Law, Economics or Mass Communication.
-The degree must be completed by the end of July of the year of application, which means you may apply before having finished your MA degree.
-English proficiency as described in the application materials section.
-Additionally BIGSSS offers 2 Preparatory Fellowships to particularly talented BA Graduates. Please refer to Predoctoral Fellowships to find out more about the program.

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: International students can apply for the fellowships.

Scholarship DescriptionBremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) invites applications to its Ph.D. program. The program will commence on September 1st, 2013. Successful applicants for our Ph.D. fellowships will pursue a topic in one of BIGSSS’ three Thematic Fields:
Field A: Global Governance and Regional Integration
Field B: Welfare State, Inequality and Quality of Life
Field C: Changing Lives in Changing Socio-Cultural Contexts
Applicants are asked to apply with their own research project broadly related to one of the three thematic fields.

Number of awards offered: 15 fellowships are awarded.

Duration of award(s): Fellowships are awarded for 36 months.

What does it cover? BIGSSS offers 15 PhD stipends of 1300 Euros/month.

How to apply: The only way to apply for our program is via our admissions system, where you can upload your application materials online. All of the necessary admissions information and application instructions can be found on our webpage. Be sure to read through all the sub tabs, including “overview” and “application materials”
For Ph.D. applicants: http://www.bigsss-bremen.de/admissions/phd/overview/

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application period for the Fall 2013 semester will begin in the middle of December 2012 and go until March 15th, 2013. The deadline refers to the date of receipt of the application. All letters of recommendation must also reach BIGSSS by March 15, 2013.

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application

– See more at: http://scholarship-positions.com/2013-bigsss-phd-fellowships-in-germany/2013/02/13/#sthash.JoFfKr0m.dpuf