Open Positions

The Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour will create a global hotspot for the integrated study of collective behaviour across a wide range of species and scales of organisation. With English as the working language, it will be a global hub for scientists seeking to create a synergistic, interdisciplinary environment for the study of collective behavior. Establishing collective behaviour as an integrative field, the Centre will bring together international researchers from biology, computer science, social psychology, physics, and behavioural economics to work closely on addressing common questions across species boundaries.


The Centre is recruiting up to 25 PhD and Post-doc positions in collective behaviour.  Candidates should be interested in interdisciplinary behavioural research that crosses boundaries of scale and species. Positions are open in the following projects. Detailed information can be found in the linked pages.

Detailed description of projects and positions

Further information and how to apply

The application process within the Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour is via an online application system. Application deadline is 15 January 2019.  Please read the Application Instructions before you begin. Applications must include a CV, two letters of reference, and a 1-2 page research statement describing your main research interests and relevant skillsets, how they developed, and how they relate to the proposed research project. For informal inquiries on positions, please contact the representative advisor on the project. For questions about the application system, visit out FAQs page, or email


Applications have now closed for the projects listed above. Late applications can be accepted following discussion with the project advisor. If you are submitting a late application, please email Carla Avolio.

Selection Procedure

The applications are reviewed by all members of the Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour. Based on academic qualification, motivation, suitability for the program, and letters of recommendation, shortlisted applicants are invited to the Selection Symposium. Travel and accommodation expenses are covered.

About the University of Konstanz

The Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour will be located at the University of Konstanz, an elite University of Excellence and ranked #1 young university in Germany. The Konstanz research portfolio includes “Collective Behaviour and Ecology" as one of five research foci. The university is committed to Open Science and all members of our Centre must be committed to ethical, transparent and open science. Konstanz has an active and successful dual-career partner placement program and a strong commitment to work-life balance and family-friendly programs for faculty and staff. The campus hosts an exceptional childcare facility with support for childcare during emergencies, conferences, or travel. Konstanz is a vibrant small city located on the border between Germany and Switzerland, on the shores of the Bodensee (Lake Constance). It is easy to get out into the beautiful German and Swiss countryside and the Alps, as well as to neighboring Zurich and Munich.