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
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.
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 (email@example.com) with inquiries and/or your application.