The newly established 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) with max. 83 hours/month to support ongoing research projects related to mechanisms of metacognitive learning, goal setting, attention control, cognitive tutors, and cognitive prostheses.
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. Relevant topics of interest and/or experience include reinforcement learning, decision science, cognitive growth, goal setting, metacognitive learning, attention control, working memory, cognitive training, and cognitive heuristics and biases. Affinity for social media and scientific communication would be an additional plus. Enrolment at a German university is mandatory for a student research assistant contract with the Max Planck Society.
The positions include a broad spectrum of tasks, such as recruitment of human participants, designing, preparing, and running behavioral experiments, data management and statistical data analysis, social media and PR support, 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. The monthly employment as well as the duration are negotiable, although a minimum availability of 40 h/month for a longer-term is preferred.
To apply for a position as student research assistant, 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 until February 3, 2019. 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.