The newly established Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement, headed by Dr. Falk Lieder at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany, is looking for a Postdoc and/or for a PhD student (m/f) for a project at the intersection of machine learning and computational cognitive science.
Our mission is to reverse-engineer and enhance human intelligence. You will be part of a larger project whose goals are to a) reverse-engineer the computational mechanisms enabling people to discover and continuously refine their highly efficient algorithms for planning, reasoning, and decision-making, and b) develop automatic methods for discovering optimal heuristics and general principles of good decision-making, and to c) develop cognitive tutors that teach people optimal cognitive strategies. Your primary focus will be to develop learning algorithms for discovering effective decision strategies; depending on your background and interests you may take the lead on part a) and/or part b).
The postdoc position is full time (100%), on the German E13 or E14 pay scale of the Collective Wage Agreement for the Public Service, initially for two or three years (and can be extended longer). A successful postdoc candidate (m/f) should have a strong track record in research on machine learning or computational cognitive science. Expertise in reinforcement learning, program induction, or metareasoning is highly desired. Experience with web development, behavioral experiments, cognitive modeling, human-computer interaction, or metareasoning are a plus, but not required.
The PhD student (m/f) will receive a PhD funding contract equivalent in remuneration to pay group E13, 65% of the Collective Wage Agreement for the Public Service. The successful PhD candidate (m/f) should have strong programming skills, and a solid background in computer science, cognitive science, or psychology, and experience with machine learning, cognitive modeling, artificial intelligence, web development, behavioral experiments, or human-computer interaction.
The starting dates for the two positions are flexible. The earliest possible starting date is July 1 2018.
The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
The Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement is part of the MPI for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany (http://is.tuebingen.mpg.de). The institute is a world-class center for foundational research in machine learning, computer vision, robotics, and material science. We are part of the Cyber Valley Initiative that is bringing new research groups, professorships, and industry partners to Tübingen and Stuttgart. The majority of the institute’s scientific employees come from outside of Germany. You will work among gifted students and experienced scientists from all over the world; and have access to excellent infrastructure, including several regular series of tutorials, lectures, journal clubs and invited talks by international guests, as well as a large computer cluster, and dedicated full-time specialists. The working language at the institute is English.
Tübingen is a scenic medieval university town, cradled in what is simultaneously one of Germany’s most beautiful landscapes one of Europe’s most economically successful areas. Stuttgart airport is an hour by bus, Frankfurt airport can be reached in two hours by train. Most locals speak English and knowledge of German is not required to live here.
How to apply
To apply for this position, please email your CV and a cover letter describing your motivation and relevant skills and research experience to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com and arrange for 2-3 reference letters to be sent to the same address. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Falk Lieder.
Applications will be considered until the positions have been filled. For full consideration, please apply by July 1.
The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.