The Rationality Enhancement Group at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen is looking for a student research assistant who will support the group’s experiments on metacognitive learning, goal setting, attention control, cognitive tutors, and cognitive prostheses.
Lab Manager and Study Coordinator
The scientific mission of the group is to establish a scientific foundation for improving the human mind and to develop novel technologies for empowering people to become more effective. We combine basic research on the computational mechanisms of human learning and decision-making with the development of intelligent systems for enhancing human rationality. We evaluate our theories and productivity apps in online, lab, and field experiments. Our ultimate goal is to empower people to improve themselves and become more effective.
You will work with a team of interdisciplinary researchers holding backgrounds in disciplines including cognitive science, computer science, psychology, education, or human-computer interaction. Your primary task will be to prepare, organize, schedule, and conduct online, field, and lab experiments with human participants. This job will give you the opportunity to get involved in several research projects, earn co-authorships on the resulting publications, interact with numerous participants, and work with and learn from multiple scientists.
- Assist researchers in the development, design, and planning of online, lab, and field experiments (e.g., by writing text, creating images, or questionnaires).
- Test the prototypes of apps and experiments and provide constructive feedback.
- Observe people while they are using our apps and interview them about their user experience.
- Schedule and manage studies for ongoing projects, i.e., invite participants, monitor data collection, remind and encourage participants to continue and complete studies that are being conducted over an extended period of time, handle the communication with participants, address complaints, and reimburse participants.
- Build participant data base and recruit participants via various channels according to the relevant target group (online and offline).
- Collect and organize data and assist with processing and analyzing the resulting data sets.
- Manage administrative paperwork including applications for research ethics protocols, consent forms, and participant reimbursement.
- Maintain and purchase supplies and lab equipment for the research group based on project requirements.
- Support in organizing, preparing, and managing lab events and visits from scientific guests.
- Support the organization of outreach events, scientific communication, and website updates.
- Support in administrative task such as travel arrangements for group members.
- Support the preparation of scientific manuscripts, talks, and posters (e.g., through proofreading and designing illustrations).
- You have a background in psychology, cognitive science, education, social sciences, communication sciences, or experience in a related discipline.
- You have prior experience with designing, running and analyzing behavioral experiments with human participants.
- You are a responsible and reliable person who enjoys working with people and has excellent social skills.
- Your strengths include organization, planning, and time-management.
- You like technology and are keen to keep learning about cutting-edge research and development activities.
- You can manage yourself and handle unforeseen problems and challenges.
- You have good written and verbal communication skills in English and German (at least C1 level in both languages). Although our working language is English, some administrative duties and interactions with participants might require a solid knowledge of German.
- Experience with creating and adjusting websites and/or programming are not mandatory but would be plus.
- You will contribute to cutting-edge research that aims to lay the scientific and technological foundation for empowering people to become more effective.
- You can boost your scientific career by earning co-authorships on scientific articles and a letter of recommendation for future Ph.D., M.Sc., or job applications.
- Your responsibility includes a versatile set of tasks.
- Your working times are highly flexible and compatible with your schedule.
- You have the opportunity to learn many new things and can get hands-on research experience.
- You become part of a young, dynamic and highly motivated team.
- You are working in an inspiring international environment.
Enrolment at a German university is a requirement for this position. The monthly employment is negotiable but it cannot exceed 83 hours/month. The initial duration of the contract will be six months with the possibility of an extension. Students without a bachelor’s degree will earn €10.14 per hour, while master students holding a bachelor’s degree will be paid €11.79 per hour.
The position is available from May 2019 and the application is open until filled.
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. Furthermore, 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 send your application including your CV, transcripts, publications (if any), and a cover letter explaining your motivation and why you think you are a great fit for the job and the related responsibilities to email@example.com. Furthermore, please arrange for at least 2 letters of recommendation to be emailed to the same address. Further inquiries can be directed to Dr. Maria Wirzberger (firstname.lastname@example.org).