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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 Psy­cho­logy/Cog­nit­ive Sci­ence

Work­ing field:

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

The pro­posed pro­ject aims at run­ning large online exper­i­ments involving par­ti­cipants from the pop­u­lar Amazon Mech­an­ical Turk plat­form. This research pro­ject aims at quan­ti­fy­ing the impact of net­work struc­ture and incent­ives on col­lect­ive intel­li­gence, and group per­form­ance. The pos­i­tion will offer valu­able exper­i­ence to any junior research who wants to work in the field of social psy­cho­logy, com­pu­ta­tional social sci­ence, group decision-mak­ing and related fields.


The ideal stu­dent researcher will be under­tak­ing a Mas­ters in Exper­i­mental Psy­cho­logy, Cog­nit­ive Sci­ence or a related dis­cip­line. The fol­low­ing are required:
  • Know­ledge of exper­i­mental meth­od­o­logy and exper­i­mental design
  • Exper­i­ence in con­duct­ing beha­vi­oural exper­i­ments
  • Exper­i­ence in deal­ing with human par­ti­cipants
  • Interest in online beha­vi­oral test­ing

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.