Student Research Assistant | Center for Humans and Machine

Job Offer from May 13, 2022

The Center for Humans and Machines at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin seeks applicants for a Student Research Assistant – Human-AI Interaction – Software-Development, 60-80 hours/month.

The Center for Humans and Machines (CHM) conducts interdisciplinary science to understand, anticipate, and shape major disruptions from digital media and Artificial Intelligence to the way we think, learn, work, play, cooperate and govern. Our goal is to understand how machines are shaping human society today and how they may continue to shape it in the future. The Center is comprised of an interdisciplinary, international and diverse group of scholars, and a science support team.

To complement this team, we are looking for a motivated Student Research Assistant that helps us to understand better how humans interact with AI. In close collaboration with researchers of the center, you will create a Minecraft based experiment. Your primary focus will be the development of a experiment in python and javascript utilizing our existing frameworks. Depending on your personal interest and skills, the work could also involve experimental design, statistical analysis, and machine learning. We do not expect comprehensive knowledge in software development but an eagerness to learn.

Your Responsibilities

  • Prototype a game user interface (python)
  • Integrate machine learning models and the Minecraft API (python)
  • Configure Minecraft to the experimental needs
  • Build a web interface for the experiment utilizing existing frameworks
  • Process, clean, and verifying the integrity of data used for analysis
  • Use statistical methods and regressions to identify and quantify treatment effects
  • Identify, categorize, and summarize relevant literature
  • Discuss and present your own work to a team of researcher

Your Profile

  • Enrolled in a Master's program at a German university in the fields of social science, natural sciences, computer science, or related
  • Experience in programming in python
  • First-hand experience in Web development (HTML, CSS, JS)
  • Advanced knowledge about Minecraft game environment is a plus
  • Experience with machine learning is a plus
  • Experience with statistical methods and data visualization (R or python) is a plus
  • Good English skills
  • Independent and careful work
  • Interest in behavior studies on human-AI interaction

What We Offer

  • An interesting and varied position at an international research institute at the forefront of AI and Human interactions research
  • Insights into the research of the internationally renowned Center for Humans and Machines
  • Comprehensive onboarding and time to learn new skills
  • Personal supervision by researchers in the lab
  • Involvement in scientific work related to artificial intelligence and ethics, and human-machine interaction
  • Gain experience in empirical work using online experiments
  • Room to contribute and realize your ideas
  • Possibility to work remotely (e.g., from home office)
  • Work in a highly motivated team
  • A modern, family-friendly workplace with a great work-life balance culture
  • The position is limited to one year with the possibility of extension
  • Salary: 13,95€ / hour

Our Offer

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.

Your Application

Please send your application, including a motivation letter and CV without a photo, as one single PDF-document with the subject line "minecraft" by June 1st, 2022 to 

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