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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.

Research Intern

Work­ing field:

We are cur­rently look­ing for an intern to work with Dr. Wouter van den Bos, Dr. Lucas Molle­man and 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 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.