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Max Planck Insti­tute for Human Deve­lop­ment - Cen­ter for Adap­tive Ratio­na­lity

The Cen­ter for Adapt­ive Ration­al­ity (ARC) is an inter­dis­cip­lin­ary and inter­na­tional research group of psy­cho­lo­gists, neur­os­cient­ists, eco­nom­ists, philo­soph­ers, bio­lo­gists, and math­em­aticians. Our goal is to study how people and other liv­ing beings search for inform­a­tion in the world and in their minds and make decisions when cir­cum­stances give them little time to pon­der their options and when cog­nit­ive resources are lim­ited. How can indi­vidu­als and groups juggle the sim­ul­tan­eous demands of uncer­tainty, data scarcity, and dead­lines—which are the rule rather than the excep­tion in real-world decision-mak­ing?

Stu­dent Research Assist­ant

Work­ing field:

Psy­cho­logy, Beha­vi­oral Eco­nom­ics


  • 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
  • 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)
  • Ideally exper­i­ence with con­duct­ing sci­entific lit­er­at­ure searches and using ref­er­ence man­age­ment soft­ware (e.g., End­Note, etc.)

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 Octo­ber 1st, 2018. Please send your applic­a­tion elec­tron­ic­ally to using the sub­ject line “Applic­a­tion Stu­dent RA 1810”. 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.