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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 41-80h per month. The pos­i­tion lasts for a min­imum of 6 months. The anti­cip­ated start date is April 1st, 2018.


  • Enroll­ment in Psy­cho­logy or a related sub­ject at a Ger­man uni­versity
  • High interest in con­trib­ut­ing to research in cog­nit­ive sci­ence, cog­nit­ive psy­cho­logy, and/or decision mak­ing
  • Exper­i­ence with con­duct­ing sci­entific lit­er­at­ure searches and using ref­er­ence man­age­ment soft­ware (e.g., End­Note, etc.)
  • High motiv­a­tion to work inde­pend­ently and con­sist­ently
  • Excel­lent organ­iz­a­tional skills, com­mit­ment and an eye for detail
  • Good Eng­lish and Ger­man com­mu­nic­a­tion skills (spoken and writ­ten)

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 assist­ants 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. 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 Feb­ru­ary 20th, 2018. Please send your applic­a­tion elec­tron­ic­ally to using the sub­ject line “Applic­a­tion Stu­dent RA 1802”. Your applic­a­tion should include the fol­low­ing doc­u­ments in a single PDF doc­u­ment: (a) a short motiv­a­tion let­ter, (b) CV, and (c) rel­ev­ant school/uni­versity cer­ti­fic­ates and ref­er­ences.