Berlin: Postdoctoral researcher (m/f)

Max Planck Insitute for Human Development: Postdoctoral researcher (m/f) (19/2018)

Stellenausschreibung 19/201825.07.2018/hs/IE

The Center for Adaptive Rationality at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany, under the direction of Prof. Dr. Ralph Hertwig, seeks applicants for

1 Postdoctoral researcher (m/f)
on Artificial Intelligence and the society of the future
(TVöD E 13, 39 hours/week)

The position is available from January 2019 onwards.

Job description: The Center for Adaptive Rationality takes an interdisciplinary approach to cognitive science and decision making. For this position, applicants (m/f) should be interested in using behavioral experimentation and/or computational methods to study artificial intelligence and its potential to transform society on social, political and economic levels. Expertise with any one of these methodologies is required. Applicants should have an interest in open science, open data and science communication.

Requirements: Applicants (m/f) should have a background in computer science/ machine learning, artificial intelligence, or cognitive science; ideally they should have experience in behavioral experimentation and/or computational methods and should be interested in the challenges arising from the impact of information architectures supported by artificial intelligence (e.g., mirco-targeted manipulation) on today and tomorrow’s society. The successful candidate will be working in an interdisciplinary, integrative research network consisting of researchers from cognitive science, AI, cyber-security, network science, and ethics. Candidates (m/f) must have a PhD. There are no teaching obligations with this position.

The Max Planck Institute for Human Development ( offers an excellent infrastructure including support staff and equipment for conducting experiments (e.g., behavioral laboratory, computer cluster, virtual reality, eye tracking, fMRI, EEG, TMS). It provides an international research environment, with English being the working language of the Center for Adaptive Rationality.

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.

Furthermore, 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.

The postdoctoral position is for three years. An extension is possible and is contingent on performance. Applicants should submit a cover letter describing research interests, curriculum vitae, one single representative paper (published or working paper) and two letters of recommendation. We are kindly asking you to submit your application without a photo. All documents should be send as a single PDF file, with your name as the file name, to arc-applications(at)

Max Planck Institute for Human Development
Lentzeallee 94
14195 Berlin

Please have the recommendation letters sent to the above email separately. In correspondence, please use “Postdoctoral Position on Artificial Intelligence” in the subject line.

Applications for the position must be submitted by September 15, 2018 to ensure consideration. However, review of applications will continue until the available position is filled.

Signed Dr. Brigitte Merz

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