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 researcher with a master’s degree or a postdoc 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. You will develop and evaluate prototypes of goal-setting tools. 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. The successful applicant needs to have a master’s degree or a Ph.D. by the start of their researcher or postdoc position respectively. We expect 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.
Depending on the applicant’s qualifications, the position will be on the German E13 or E14 pay scale of the Collective Wage Agreement for the Public Service. An initial contract will be given for 1 year with possibility of subsequent extensions.
The Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
The Max Planck Research Group for Rationality Enhancement is part ofthe MPI for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany. The institute is a world-class center for foundational research in machine learning and related areas. 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
Please email a cover letter, your CV, transcripts, your theses and/or publications to firstname.lastname@example.org and arrange for at least two letters of reference to be emailed to the same address. If you have any questions about the project, our research group, or anything else, please do not hesitate to contact Falk Lieder at email@example.com.
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.