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Max-Planck-Insti­tut für Bil­dungs­for­schung - Depart­ment: Humans and Machi­nes

The Max Planck Insti­tute for Human Deve­lop­ment is dedi­ca­ted to the study of human deve­lop­ment and edu­ca­tion. Rese­ar­chers of various disci­pli­nes – inclu­ding psy­cho­logy, edu­ca­tion, socio­logy and medi­cine, as well as history, eco­no­mics, com­pu­ter sci­ence and mathe­ma­tics – work tog­e­ther on inter­di­sci­pli­nary pro­jects at the Ber­lin Insti­tute. The rese­arch ques­ti­ons they examine include how people make effec­tive decisi­ons even under time pres­sure and infor­ma­tion over­load, how the inter­ac­tion bet­ween beha­viour and brain func­tion chan­ges over the life­span, as well as how human emo­ti­ons change in a his­to­ri­cal con­text and how they have affec­ted the course of history its­elf.

Mas­ter Stu­dent Rese­arch Assi­stant in com­pu­ter sci­ence

Work­ing field:

The Centre for Humans and Machines (CHM) within the Max Planck Insti­tute for Human
Devel­op­ment is seek­ing a Mas­ter Stu­dent Research Assist­ant to work on. The selec­ted stu­dent will work under Dr. Nic­colo Pes­cetelli and CHM Dir­ector Assoc. Prof. (MIT) Iyad Rah­wan, Ph.D.

The pro­posed pro­ject aims at imple­ment­ing, test­ing and deploy­ing web applic­a­tions allow­ing mul­tiple play­ers to syn­chron­ously inter­act online. The applic­a­tions will involve simple multistage mul­ti­player games using the Met­eor React frame­work. Our pre­vi­ous work used the open plat­form Empir­ica (based on Met­eor React) to develop such games. This pro­ject aims at cre­at­ing new applic­a­tions to be used for online beha­vi­oral exper­i­ments. The pos­i­tion will offer valu­able exper­i­ence for junior developers inter­ested in pro­du­cing syn­chron­ous mul­ti­player and react­ive web apps.


The ideal stu­dent researcher will be under­tak­ing a Mas­ters in Com­puter Sci­ence, or a related dis­cip­line. The fol­low­ing are required:
Exper­i­ence in Met­eor React
Exper­i­ence in web applic­a­tion devel­op­ment
Exper­i­ence in front and back end devel­op­ment

How to ap­ply:

The Max Planck Soci­ety strives for gender and diversity equal­ity. We wel­come applic­a­tions from all back­grounds. 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.