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.
We are currently looking for an intern to work with Dr. Wouter van den Bos, Dr. Lucas Molleman and M.sc Simon Ciranka on collecting and analyzing data to understand social influence in adolescent decision making. Wouter van den Bos is a developmental neuroscientist with proficiency in computational modelling and a broad range of neuroscientific methodology, holding the chair of developmental psychology at the University of Amsterdam. Lucas Molleman is a biologist and behavioral economist with specialization in social learning and decision making. Simon Ciranka is a psychologist and part of the Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research. He studies how formal models of decision making can help to investigate current hypothesis of adolescent risky choice. An intern will gain in depth knowledge in a multidisciplinary research question while collaborating with the researchers and MPIBs lab management.
Enrollment in Psychology or a related subject at a European university
High interest in participating in research on cognitive science and decision making
Good proficiency in English and German
Strong interest in developmental Psychology
Good Organization and Communication Skills
Desired qualifications (not all are necessary to apply)
Programming Skills in R or Matlab
Experience in collecting developmental data
Interest in computational modeling of choice
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. Research interns will be involved in research using behavioral, computational and/or neuroscience methods to study the cognitive, affective, social and/or developmental basis for decision making. Interns can get first-hand experience and contribute to good scientific practice. An intern can contribute to a novel Research project and will acquire skills that are important for following a carrier in behavioral science. 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:
The deadline for submitting applications is 15.07.2018. Please send your application electronically to email@example.com using the subject line “Application Research Internship 1806”. Your application should include the following documents in a single PDF document: (a) a short motivation letter, (b) CV without a photo, and (c) relevant school/university certificates and references.