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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:

Assist the ongo­ing research in all phases of the sci­entific pro­cess. Research assist­ants are usu­ally employed on a basis of 41-60h a month. Pos­i­tion lasts for 6 months min­imum and can be pro­longed given mutual interest. Anti­cip­ated start date is Septem­ber 1st 2019 or later by agree­ment.


  • Enrolled in Psy­cho­logy, Cog­nit­ive Sci­ence, Com­puter Sci­ence or a related sub­ject at a Ger­man uni­versity
  • High in flex­ib­il­ity and com­mit­ment
  • Good level of Eng­lish and Ger­man
  • Very high achieve­ment level
  • High interest in par­ti­cip­at­ing in research on judg­ment and decision mak­ing

  • Skills in stat­ist­ics and stat­ist­ical soft­ware (R, Python etc.)
  • Skills in pro­gram­ming exper­i­ments (Psy­choPy, jsPsych, lab.js etc.)
  • Addi­tional pro­gram­ming skills (Python, Javas­cript, C#/C++, Java etc.)
  • Pro­ject ver­sion­ing and doc­u­ment­a­tion skills (git, mark­down, knitr/Rmark­down, jupy­ter)

What we of­fer:

The research 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 and com­pu­ta­tional meth­ods to study the dynam­ics of indi­vidual and col­lect­ive decision mak­ing. The Max Planck Soci­ety seeks gender equal­ity and diversity and encour­ages stu­dents from all back­grounds to apply. The Max Planck Soci­ety is com­mit­ted to employ­ing more han­di­capped indi­vidu­als and espe­cially encour­ages them to apply. Salary: 11,15 €/hour (Bach­elor Stu­dents). 12,97 €/hour (Mas­ter Stu­dents).

How to ap­ply:

Please send your applic­a­tion without a photo, as one single PDF-doc­u­ment to The applic­a­tion should include (a) CV, (b) school and fur­ther cer­ti­fic­ates (e.g., Cours­era), ref­er­ences, and (c) a short motiv­a­tion let­ter. Applic­a­tions are con­sidered until the pos­i­tion is filled.

Stefan Herzog
Max-Planck-Insti­tut für Bildungs­forschung
Cen­ter for Adapt­ive Ration­al­ity (ARC)
Lentzeallee 94, 14195 Ber­lin