The Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen (head: Dr. Falk Lieder) is looking for a researcher (100%, pre- or postdoc) in a project on executive functions training (project leader: Dr. Maria Wirzberger).
The goal of the project is to develop a computer-based training application that helps people to stay focused and avoid distractions in real-world study and work environments. This mainly involves conducting field experiments and lab studieswith the existing software prototype with different target groups and use cases (e.g., university and high school students, knowledge workers, participants with attention disorders).
What we are looking for
We are looking for applicants with a strong educational background (completed master’s degree or Ph.D.) in a relevant discipline such as cognitive or educational psychology, educational technology, cognitive science, human-computer interaction, or similar fields. The position requires solid prior experience in conducting and designing behavioral experiments and statistical data analysis. Experience with human-computer interaction, field experiments, or research involving special populations (e.g., people with ADHD) or settings (e.g., work or educational environments) would be a plus but is not required. Programming skills are not mandatory to apply, but prior experiences with Python would be a plus. In addition, we welcome a high affinity to and/or experience with working in interdisciplinary and culturally diverse teams.
Depending on the applicant’s qualifications, the position will be remunerated according to the German E13 or E14 pay scale of the Collective Wage Agreement for the Public Service. An initial contract will be given for 1 year with the possibility of subsequent extensions.
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. The institute is a world-class center for foundational research in machine learning and related areas. 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 main 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 helpful but not necessarily required to live here.
How to apply
Please email a cover letter, your CV, transcripts, your theses and/or publications to firstname.lastname@example.org and arrange for at least two letters of reference to be emailed to the same address. If you have further questions about the project, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Maria Wirzberger (email@example.com).
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 women are explicitly encouraged to apply.