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Max Planck Insti­tute for Human Deve­lop­ment - Cen­ter for Humans & Machi­nes

The Cen­ter for Humans & Machi­nes con­ducts inter­di­sci­pli­nary sci­ence, to under­stand, anti­ci­pate, and shape major dis­rup­ti­ons from digi­tal media and Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence to the way we think, learn, work, play, coope­rate and gov­ern.

Stu­dent Research Assist­ant | Human-AI Inter­ac­tion – Soft­ware-Devel­op­ment


To com­ple­ment this team, we are look­ing for a motiv­ated Stu­dent Research Assist­ant that helps us to under­stand bet­ter how AI can influ­ence human beha­vior.

Working field:

The Cen­ter for Humans and Machines (CHM) con­ducts inter­dis­cip­lin­ary sci­ence to under­stand, anti­cip­ate, and shape major dis­rup­tions from digital media and Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence to the way we think, learn, work, play, cooper­ate and gov­ern. Our goal is to under­stand how machines are shap­ing human soci­ety today and how they may con­tinue to shape it in the future. The Cen­ter is com­prised of an inter­dis­cip­lin­ary, inter­na­tional and diverse group of schol­ars, and a sci­ence sup­port team.

To com­ple­ment this team, we are look­ing for a motiv­ated Stu­dent Research Assist­ant that helps us to under­stand bet­ter how humans inter­act with AI. In close col­lab­or­a­tion with research­ers of the cen­ter, you will cre­ate a Mine­craft based exper­i­ment. Your primary focus will be the devel­op­ment of a exper­i­ment in python and javas­cript util­iz­ing our exist­ing frame­works. Depend­ing on your per­sonal interest and skills, the work could also involve exper­i­mental design, stat­ist­ical ana­lysis, and machine learn­ing. We do not expect com­pre­hens­ive know­ledge in soft­ware devel­op­ment but an eager­ness to learn.


Your respons­ib­il­it­ies
  • Pro­to­type a game user inter­face (python)
  • Integ­rate machine learn­ing mod­els and the Mine­craft API (python)
  • Con­fig­ure Mine­craft to the exper­i­mental needs
  • Build a web inter­face for the exper­i­ment util­iz­ing exist­ing frame­works
  • Pro­cess, clean, and veri­fy­ing the integ­rity of data used for ana­lysis
  • Use stat­ist­ical meth­ods and regres­sions to identify and quantify treat­ment effects
  • Identify, cat­egor­ize, and sum­mar­ize rel­ev­ant lit­er­at­ure
  • Dis­cuss and present your own work to a team of researcher

Your pro­file
  • Enrolled in a Mas­ter's pro­gram at a Ger­man uni­versity in the fields of social sci­ence, nat­ural sci­ences, com­puter sci­ence, or related
  • Exper­i­ence in pro­gram­ming in python
  • First-hand exper­i­ence in Web devel­op­ment (HTML, CSS, JS)
  • Advanced know­ledge about Mine­craft game envir­on­ment is a plus
  • Exper­i­ence with machine learn­ing is a plus
  • Exper­i­ence with stat­ist­ical meth­ods and data visu­al­iz­a­tion (R or python) is a plus
  • Good Eng­lish skills
  • Inde­pend­ent and care­ful work
  • Interest in beha­vior stud­ies on human-AI inter­ac­tion

What we offer:

  • An inter­est­ing and var­ied pos­i­tion at an inter­na­tional research insti­tute at the fore­front of AI and Human inter­ac­tions research
  • Insights into the research of the inter­na­tion­ally renowned Cen­ter for Humans and Machines
  • Com­pre­hens­ive onboard­ing and time to learn new skills
  • Per­sonal super­vi­sion by research­ers in the lab
  • Involve­ment in sci­entific work related to arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence and eth­ics, and human-machine inter­ac­tion
  • Gain exper­i­ence in empir­ical work using online exper­i­ments
  • Room to con­trib­ute and real­ize your ideas
  • Pos­sib­il­ity to work remotely (e.g., from home office)
  • Work in a highly motiv­ated team
  • A mod­ern, fam­ily-friendly work­place with a great work-life bal­ance cul­ture
  • The pos­i­tion is lim­ited to one year with the pos­sib­il­ity of exten­sion
  • Salary: 13,95€ / hour

Our Offer
The Max Planck Soci­ety strives for gender and diversity equal­ity. We wel­come applic­a­tions from all back­grounds.

The Max Planck Soci­ety is com­mit­ted to increas­ing the num­ber of indi­vidu­als with dis­ab­il­it­ies in its work­force and there­fore encour­ages applic­a­tions from such qual­i­fied indi­vidu­als.

How to apply:

Please send your applic­a­tion, includ­ing a motiv­a­tion let­ter and CV without a photo, as one single PDF-doc­u­ment with the sub­ject line "mine­craft" by June 10, 2022 to

The data pro­tec­tion declar­a­tion for the pro­cessing of per­sonal data within the scope of your applic­a­tion can be found here: