Master Student Research Assistant | Center for Humans and Machines

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Job Offer from August 07, 2019

The Centre for Humans and Machines (CHM) within the Max Planck Institute for Human Development is seeking a Master Student Research Assistant to work on a research project related to the Future of Work. The selected student will work under Dr Alex Rutherford and CHM Director Prof. Iyad Rahwan in collaboration with Dr Zafer Kanik (MIT).

What we Offer

The proposed project will look at the changing nature of workplace happiness in light of changes to the labour market caused by automation and Artificial Intelligence. Our previous work has shown that jobs and skills can be represented as a network12. This powerful modeling framework provides a new insight into labour economics with strong predictive power. In this project we propose to extend this work to model changes in aggregate workplace happiness by combining empirical data on job attributes & projected job growth and numerical simulation of employment dynamics.

Research assistants are usually employed on a basis of 41-80h a month. The position is to start immediately and is likely to last for 4–6 months.

Desired Qualifications

The ideal student researcher will be undertaking a Masters in Computer Science, Physics, Applied Maths, Quantitative Social Science or a related discipline. The following are required

  • Knowledge of network science and numerical modeling, most likely through Masters level classes and projects.
  • Experience with suitable programming packages such as networkX, igraph or graphtool in Python (preferred) or R.
  • Knowledge of network simulation methods such as diffusion on networks and preferential attachment.

Application Details

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 strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.

Please send your application without a photo, as one single PDF-document to The application should include (a) a short motivation letter, (b) CV, and (c) relevant school/university certificates and references.

1 Unpacking the polarization of workplace skills
2 Toward understanding the impact of artificial intelligence on labor

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