The Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement (PI: 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 mechanisms of metacognitive learning, goal setting, attention control, cognitive tutors, and cognitive prostheses.
These positions focus on programming and/or running behavioral experiments. Relevant topics of interest and/or experience include reinforcement learning,decision science, cognitive growth, goal setting and goal achievement, productivity, metacognitive learning, attention control, and cognitive training. A list of additional student assistant positions, internship opportunities, and potential thesis projects is available here.
The positions include a broad spectrum of tasks, such as the design, application and refinement of computational cognitive models, the design and implementation of web-based experiments, data management and pre-processing, and scientific writing. On this account, they offer excellent learning opportunities across all stages of the model-based development of computational tools for enhancing effectiveness, self-improvement, and cognitive growth.
- For positions focusing on conducting behavioral experiments, applicants should have a strong background in psychology, cognitive science, education, social sciences, communication sciences, or similar fields, and solid prior experience with designing, running and analyzing behavioral experiments with human participants. Affinity for social media and scientific communication would be an additional plus.
The positions 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.
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.
To apply for a position as student research assistant or intern, 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. Your email should specify whether you are hoping to program experiments, conduct experiments, or both. Furthermore, please arrange for at least 2 letters of recommendation to be emailed to the same address.
The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity.