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Max Planck Insti­tute for Human Deve­lop­ment - Cen­ter for Adapt­ive Ration­al­ity

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.

We are look­ing for a stu­dent research assist­ant (Stu­dentische Hil­f­skraft) to work with Dr. Florian Artinger and Dr. Ruben Arslan on research in decision-mak­ing. Dr. Artinger’s work addresses top­ics in beha­vi­oral eco­nom­ics, oper­a­tions research, mar­ket­ing, cog­nit­ive psy­cho­logy, stat­ist­ics and machine learn­ing. Dr. Arslan stud­ies indi­vidual dif­fer­ences in intel­li­gence and risk pref­er­ences, with meth­ods includ­ing Bayesian mul­ti­level mod­el­ling and lon­git­ud­inal ques­tions with daily exper­i­ence sampling data. Research assist­ants are usu­ally employed on a basis of 60h a month. The pos­i­tion lasts for 6 months or longer. The pre­ferred start date is July or August 2018.

Stu­dent Research Assist­ant

Work­ing field:

Sample tasks include gen­er­at­ing data­sets on decision mak­ing from online sources, design­ing and con­duct­ing exper­i­ments and online sur­veys (includ­ing some pro­gram­ming), cod­ing of qual­it­at­ive data such as inter­views and texts, the stat­ist­ical ana­lysis of data, and the trans­par­ent report­ing of these steps accord­ing to open sci­ence prin­ciples. We encour­age stu­dents from all back­grounds to apply, includ­ing eco­nom­ics, man­age­ment, psy­cho­logy, soci­ology, stat­ist­ics, com­puter sci­ence, math­em­at­ics, engin­eer­ing, and phys­ics.


  • Quant­it­at­ive back­ground
  • Exper­i­ence of using R
  • Strong interest in some of the research top­ics men­tioned above
  • Enroll­ment at a Ger­man uni­versity
  • High interest in par­ti­cip­at­ing in research on cog­nit­ive sci­ence and decision mak­ing
  • Good pro­fi­ciency in writ­ten and spoken Eng­lish, the sci­entific lan­guage of the Insti­tute

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 a large inter­na­tional and inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research team with many friendly col­leagues. You will be encour­aged to provide intel­lec­tual input to the research pro­jects with the pos­sib­il­ity of being an author on the sci­entific papers that com­mu­nic­ate the find­ings. This is an excel­lent oppor­tun­ity to carry out a thesis pro­ject for your mas­ter’s or dip­loma degree and to find out whether you would want to pur­sue a doc­toral degree. You can expect a strong ref­er­ence let­ter upon good per­form­ance. Intern­ships are also avail­able. Pay is com­pet­it­ive (10.98€/hour) and you would able to work remotely for some of the time and tasks.

How to ap­ply:

Please send your applic­a­tion elec­tron­ic­ally to using the sub­ject
line “Applic­a­tion Stu­dent RA 1805”. Your applic­a­tion should include the fol­low­ing doc­u­ments in
a single PDF doc­u­ment (iden­ti­fied with your last name): (a) a short motiv­a­tion let­ter, includ­ing
how many work­ing hours you will com­mit, (b) CV without a photo, and (c) rel­ev­ant
school/uni­versity cer­ti­fic­ates and ref­er­ences. Please indic­ate how you found out about the
pos­i­tion. Pre­lim­in­ary inquir­ies about the pos­i­tions are wel­come. The dead­line for sub­mit­ting
applic­a­tions is May 30th, 2018.