The Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement, headed by Dr. Falk Lieder at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany, is looking for a PhD student (m/f/d) for a project on helping people set better goals.
Our missionis to lay the cognitive and technological foundations for helping people become more effective. Goals are essential to human effectiveness. So how can we help people to (learn to) set better goals? In this project we will combine behavioral experiments, computational modeling, designing online tools, and intervention studies to develop a scientific foundation and practical tools for helping people set better goals. Once you have identified a promising intervention you will work with software developers to turn into a tool that can help millions of people.
What we are looking for
We are looking for somebody who is passionate about the prospect of developing and evaluating online tools for helping people set better goals. Applicants need to have a master’s degree by the time the position starts and should have prior experience with designing and conducting behavioral experiments and data analysis. Applicants should have solid programming skills. Prior experience with web development, online experiments, computational modeling, and/or field experiments is a plus.
The successful applicant (m/f/d) will receive a PhD funding contract equivalent in remuneration to pay group E13, 65% of the Collective Wage Agreement for the Public Service. An initial contract will be given for 3 years with possibility of 1-year extension.
The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
TheMax Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement is part ofthe MPI for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany (http://is.tuebingen.mpg.de). The institute is a world-class center for foundational research in machine learning and related areas. We are part of the Cyber Valley Initiative that is bringing new research groups, professorships, and industry partners to Tübingen and Stuttgart. The majority of the institute’s scientific employees come from outside of Germany. You will work among gifted students and experienced scientists from all over the world; and have access to excellent infrastructure, including several regular series of tutorials, lectures, journal clubs and invited talks by international guests, as well as a large computer cluster, and dedicated full-time specialists. The working language at the institute is English.
Tübingen is a scenic medieval university town, cradled in what is simultaneously one of Germany’s most beautiful landscapes one of Europe’s most economically successful areas. Stuttgart airport is an hour by bus, Frankfurt airport can be reached in two hours by train. Most locals speak English and knowledge of German is not required to live here.
How to apply
To apply for the position, please email your CV, a cover letter describing your motivation, relevant skills and research experience, selected publications or transcripts and your thesis/theses to firstname.lastname@example.org and arrange for 2-3 reference letters to be sent to the same address. If you have any questions about the project, our research group, or anything else, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Lieder.
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.