Job opportunity for PhD candidate: Project CAIDERA

PhD Project CAIDERA: Numerical skills and Behavioural Aspects of Malaria Control (2022-2025)

We are looking for a PhD candidate to investigate whether numerical skills affect behavioral aspects of malaria control including preventive actions and treatment seeking behavior. The main hypothesis is that basic numeric inductive reasoning and cognitive ability help to improve health related behavior (i.e., avoidance of typical infection sources). For this, the research group in which the doctoral will work has developed a special technique of measuring basic numerical abilities. Gender equality, nutrition and health environment variables will be among the crucial background factors that will be studied. The data set for the research work is already available, although it will be welcome to increase the database.

The candidate:
• will have a degree in Medical Studies, Statistics, Economics (with an Econometric Focus), or Human Biology with very good grades.
• should be able to write and communicate in English and have the certificate of Level C1 or C2
• will be able to conduct statistical analysis using regression techniques (in addition, work experience with databases is welcome)
• welcome is also experience with writing scholarly texts
• should be interested in presenting the own research at international conferences in the later years of the doctoral study period
• communicative skills (welcome is intercultural experience, and writing skills in English)
• strong interest in research
• will live in Tuebingen (approximately four years in total) and engage in discussions and teamwork with the department and other colleagues and students within the larger project


The PhD project is part of the DAAD funded project CAIDERA. The PhD is funded by a stipend of the DAAD (€ 1,200 per month) with additional funding for health insurance and a research related travel allowance. The DAAD grant encourages persons
with a citizenship of an African country to apply.

You will join a motivated and international research team that allows a lot of discussion about your research (for further information, please see the internet page of our group -- just google Joerg Baten). You would notice how pleasant it is to perform world-class research in a group of doctoral students and postdocs, with tutoring and advice from senior scholars if needed.

Severely disabled persons will be given preferential consideration in case of equal suitability. The University of Tübingen aims to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and therefore invites applications from suitably qualified female academics.

Please send your application with the usual documents – cover letter; curriculum vitae; certificates; letter of motivation (1-2 pages); in the form of a single pdf document by e-mail to Prof. Dr. Joerg Baten ( by December, 20th, 2021.