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Max Planck Insti­tute for Human Devel­op­ment - Intra-per­son Dynam­ics Across the Lifespan

The over­arch­ing object­ive of this pro­ject is to test the­or­ies and explore research designs that artic­u­late human devel­op­ment across dif­fer­ent times­cales, levels of ana­lysis, and func­tional domains. The pro­ject is based on the premise that a com­pre­hens­ive under­stand­ing of beha­vi­oral devel­op­ment across the lifespan requires a per­son-ori­ented, mul­tivari­ate, and lon­git­ud­inal approach.

Stu­dent research assist­ants

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Work­ing field:

The object­ive of this pro­ject is to test the­or­ies and explore research designs that artic­u­late human devel­op­ment across dif­fer­ent times­cales, levels of ana­lysis, and func­tional domains. The pro­ject is based on the premise that a com­pre­hens­ive under­stand­ing of beha­vi­oral devel­op­ment across the lifespan requires a per­son-ori­ented, mul­tivari­ate, and lon­git­ud­inal approach. Stu­dents will work with Dr Charles Driver on the applic­a­tion and devel­op­ment of stochastic dif­fer­en­tial equa­tion mod­els to research ques­tions on the devel­op­ment of well­being, memory, and intel­li­gence. Research assist­ants are usu­ally employed on a basis of 60h a month, though from 40 to 80 is also pos­sible.

Require­ments:

We are look­ing for reli­able and respons­ible stu­dents with an interest and or back­ground in the fol­low­ing areas: Com­pu­ta­tional mod­el­ling, stat­ist­ics, psy­cho­logy, neur­os­cience, pro­gram­ming. Require­ments are:
  • Pro­fi­ciency in writ­ten and spoken Eng­lish.
  • Interest in apply­ing and or devel­op­ing com­pu­ta­tional tools to study human devel­op­ment.
  • Enrolled at a Ger­man uni­versity.
  • Strong back­ground in (one or more of) stat­ist­ics / phys­ics / maths / com­puter sci­ence.

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.

What we of­fer:

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 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 mas­ters 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 (11.15€/hour for B.A. stu­dents, 12,97 €/hour for M.A. stu­dents) and you would be able to work remotely for some of the time and tasks.

How to ap­ply:

Full applic­a­tions con­tain­ing a let­ter of motiv­a­tion (includ­ing how many hours you wish to work), CV without photo, rel­ev­ant school / uni­versity cer­ti­fic­ates and ref­er­ences should be sent as a single PDF to:
Charles Driver (driver@mpib-berlin.mpg.de).
You can also con­tact him in case of fur­ther inquir­ies. Applic­a­tions will be con­sidered on a rolling basis.