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Max Planck Insti­tute for Human Deve­lop­ment - Cen­ter for Adapt­ive Ration­al­ity

Der For­schungs­be­reich für Adap­tive Ratio­na­li­tät (ARC) ver­eint eine inter­dis­zi­pli­näre, inter­na­tio­nale For­scher­gruppe, die sich aus Wis­sen­schaft­le­rin­nen und Wis­sen­schaft­lern der Psy­cho­lo­gie, Neu­ro­wis­sen­schaf­ten, Öko­no­mie, Phi­lo­so­phie, Bio­lo­gie und Mathe­ma­tik zusam­men­setzt. Wir unter­su­chen, wie Men­schen und andere Lebe­we­sen – aus­ge­stat­tet mit begrenz­ten kogni­ti­ven Res­sour­cen – in der Welt und im Gedächt­nis nach Infor­ma­tio­nen suchen und wie sie Ent­schei­dun­gen tref­fen, wenn wenig Zeit für sorg­fäl­ti­ges Nach­den­ken bleibt.

Stu­dent Research Assist­ant

Work­ing field:

The cen­ter for Adapt­ive Ration­al­ity dir­ec­ted by Ralph Her­twig at the Max Planck Insti­tute for Human Devel­op­ment is seek­ing applic­ants for a pos­i­tion as Stu­dent Research Assist­ant to assist the ongo­ing research in all phases of the sci­entific pro­cess. Research assist­ants are usu­ally employed on a basis of 40-60h a month. The pos­i­tion lasts for 12 months or longer. The anti­cip­ated start date is 1 April 2018, but is flex­ible to a lim­ited degree.


  • Enroll­ment in a MSc pro­gram at a Ger­man uni­versity
  • High flex­ib­il­ity and com­mit­ment
  • Ger­man as nat­ive lan­guage
  • Good pro­fi­ciency in Eng­lish
  • Avail­able for at least 1 year

Desired qual­i­fic­a­tions (not all are neces­sary to apply)
  • Exper­i­ence with EEG/fMRI data pre­pro­cessing and data col­lec­tion
  • Famili­ar­ity with Mat­lab-based exper­i­mental/neuroima­ging pack­ages (Psychtool­box, SPM, FieldTrip, etc.), and/or other pro­gram­ming (e.g., Java, Python, C)
  • Exper­i­ence with run­ning exper­i­ments with human par­ti­cipants
  • Exper­i­ence with eye-track­ing soft­ware and data col­lec­tion

What we of­fer:

The Cen­ter for Adapt­ive Ration­al­ity is invest­ig­at­ing vari­ous aspects of judg­ment and decision-mak­ing. We offer you the chance to par­ti­cip­ate in an inter­na­tional and inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research team, in a pro­ject that focuses on devel­op­mental neur­os­cience. Research assist­ants will be involved in research using beha­vi­oral, com­pu­ta­tional and/or neur­os­cience meth­ods to study the cog­nit­ive, social and/or devel­op­mental basis for decision mak­ing. The Max Planck Soci­ety is com­mit­ted to employ­ing more indi­vidu­als with dis­ab­il­it­ies and espe­cially encour­ages qual­i­fied indi­vidu­als to apply. 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.

How to ap­ply:

Please sub­mit your applic­a­tion includ­ing (a) a short motiv­a­tion let­ter, (b) your CV, and (c) school and fur­ther cer­ti­fic­ates to the below email address. Please send all mater­i­als as a single .pdf doc­u­ment to, with ‘RA 1802A’ in the email sub­ject line. To ensure full con­sid­er­a­tion, please apply before 1 March 2018. After that date, applic­a­tions will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the pos­i­tion is filled.