The Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement (head: Dr. Falk Lieder) at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen is looking for student research assistants (m/f/d) to support ongoing research projects related to cognitive growth, goal setting, attention control, cognitive tutors, and cognitive prostheses.
The positions focus on running behavioral experiments and include a broad spectrum of tasks, such as the recruitment of human participants, designing, preparing, and running behavioral experiments, data management and statistical data analysis, and scientific writing. On this account, they offer excellent learning opportunities across several stages of developing, testing, and advertising computational tools for enhancing effectiveness, self-improvement, and cognitive growth.
What we are looking for
Applicants should have a strong background in psychology, cognitive science, education, social sciences, communication sciences, or similar fields, and solid prior experience with running and designing behavioral experiments with human participants and statistical data analysis. Experience with human-computer interaction or field experiments would be a plus but is not required. Relevant topics of interest and/or experience might include self-improvement, goal-setting, rationality, decision-making, goal achievement, productivity, attention control, and cognitive training.
Enrollment at a German university is mandatory for a student research assistant contract with the Max Planck Society. The monthly employment is negotiable and can be up to max. 83 hours/month. We usually start with an initial contract duration of six month with the possibility of an extension.
How to apply
Please send your CV, transcripts, previous publications or thesis (if any), and a cover letter explaining your motivation and why you think you are a great fit for the group to firstname.lastname@example.org. If possible, please arrange for 1-2 letters of recommendation to be emailed to the same address. (If this is not possible for you, then please explain why.)
The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity and seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented. Therefore, we explicitly encourage women to apply.