Student Research Assistant | Center for Adaptive Rationality

Job Offer from March 02, 2023

The Center for Adaptive Rationality directed by Ralph Hertwig at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Berlin) is seeking applicants for multiple position as Student Research Assistant to assist the ongoing research in all phases of the scientific process. Research assistants are usually employed on a basis of 41-80h a month. The position lasts for 6 months minimum and will be prolonged given mutual interest. The anticipated start date is May 1st 2023 or later. The remuneration without a Bachelor's degree is 12,00€/h- in the Master's degree 13,95€/h.


  • Enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s program at a German university
  • High in flexibility and commitment.
  • Good level of English and German.
  • Very high achievement level.
  • High interest in participating in research on human memory and decision making.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Desired qualifications (not all are necessary to apply)

  • Experience in experimental research in psychology.
  • Experience in programming for data analysis with R or Python.
  • Experience in web-development (Javascript, PhP, etc.).

What we offer

The Center for Adaptive Rationality investigates various aspects of judgment and decision-making. We offer you the chance to participate in an international and interdisciplinary research team. The research assistants will be in involved in research using behavioral and computational methods to study human memory, information search, and decision making.  

How to apply

The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds. The Max Planck Society is further committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. 

Please send your application electronically to Dirk Wulff ( using the subject line “Application Student RA ARC”. Your application should include the following documents in a single PDF document: (a) a short motivation letter, (b) CV without a photo, and (c) relevant school/university certificates and references. Applications are considered until the positions are filled.

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