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Max-Planck-Insti­tut für Bil­dungs­for­schung - Research Group iSearch

The iSearch research pro­gram explores the devel­op­ment of act­ive learn­ing across the life span, ana­lyz­ing the effect­ive­ness of chil­dren’s inform­a­tion search and hypo­thesis test­ing strategies, such as ques­tion ask­ing and select­ive explor­a­tion, and identi­fy­ing poten­tial sources of devel­op­mental change. In par­tic­u­lar, we invest­ig­ate “eco­lo­gical learn­ing,” defined as the abil­ity to flex­ibly and dynam­ic­ally select those act­ive learn­ing strategies that max­im­ize learn­ing effi­ciency in dif­fer­ent learn­ing envir­on­ments. Finally, we are inter­ested in devel­op­ing an approach to classroom learn­ing that lever­ages chil­dren’s act­ive learn­ing strategies and the­ory-build­ing abil­it­ies and har­nesses them to inform edu­ca­tion policy.

Research Assist­ant Pos­i­tion

Sev­eral pos­i­tions for stu­dent research assist­ants (Stu­dentische Hil­f­skraft) in
Cog­nit­ive Devel­op­mental Psy­cho­logy

Work­ing field:

The Research Group iSearch – Inform­a­tion Search, Eco­lo­gical and Act­ive Learn­ing Research with Chil­dren - at Ber­lin’s Max Planck Insti­tute for Human Devel­op­ment, under the dir­ec­tion of Prof. Dr. Azzurra Rug­geri, is seek­ing applic­ants from tal­en­ted and motiv­ated uni­versity stu­dents to work in close col­lab­or­a­tion with iSearch research­ers.

Require­ments:

  • Interest in research­ing the psy­cho­logy of human cog­ni­tion, cog­nit­ive devel­op­ment, and inform­a­tion search.
  • Exper­i­ence with run­ning beha­vi­oral stud­ies with chil­dren and adults. You will be run­ning devel­op­mental stud­ies, so you should feel com­fort­able work­ing with chil­dren of dif­fer­ent ages.
  • You should be a Ger­man nat­ive speaker because the stud­ies will be con­duc­ted with Ger­man-speak­ing chil­dren. Good Eng­lish skills are required, too, as the work­ing lan­guage of the cen­ter is Eng­lish.
  • Motiv­a­tion to work hard, inde­pend­ently, and con­sist­ently, to con­trib­ute to col­lab­or­at­ive research pro­jects.
  • Pro­gram­ming or math­em­at­ical mod­el­ing skills are help­ful but not required.
  • You are enrolled in a Ger­man uni­versity, and you should live in Ber­lin

What we of­fer:

  • Excel­lent learn­ing oppor­tun­it­ies. Your task will be to design, run, and ana­lyze empir­ical stud­ies on inform­a­tion search, with chil­dren of dif­fer­ent ages and adults.
  • The pos­i­tion is for a min­imum of 12 months (until Novem­ber 2019) and we expect that a longer-term exten­sion will be pos­sible. There is an ini­tial 3-month trial period.
  • Up to 40 – 83 hours per month.
  • Excel­lent work­ing con­di­tions, with hourly salary, flex­ible work­ing hours, friendly col­leagues, and a well-equipped work­ing envir­on­ment.

How to ap­ply:

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. 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.

Please sub­mit an applic­a­tion con­sist­ing of a short cover let­ter describ­ing your research interests and skills and a CV. Please sub­mit a single PDF file for the cover let­ter and CV, plus PDF cop­ies of sup­port­ing mater­i­als. We are kindly ask­ing you to sub­mit your applic­a­tion without a photo. Review of applic­a­tions will begin imme­di­ately and con­tinue until the pos­i­tions are filled.
Please email Prof. Dr. Azzurra Rug­geri (isearch@mpib-berlin.mpg.de) with inquir­ies and/or your applic­a­tion.