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Research Scientist Position
Monday, 20 October 2014 02:00

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

1 Research Scientist Position (39 hours per week)

This is a two-year position, with the possibility of extension. Salary depends on experience. The position is available from February 1, 2015, but later start dates are possible.

Candidates should be interested in studying models of bounded rationality - that is, the mechanisms that underlie search, inference, judgment and decision making processes and the social and non-social environments in which these processes are successful. Candidates may have training in psychology, economics, cognitive science, biology, and/or any other related fields. Candidates should use behavioral, computational, and/or neuroscience methods to study bounded rationality.

Candidates must have a PhD. Apart from mentoring doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows, there are no teaching requirements.

The Max Planck Institute for Human Development ( offers an excellent infrastructure including support staff and equipment for conducting experiments (e.g., behavioral laboratory, 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. 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.

Applications (consisting of a single PDF file with your name as the file name, including a cover letter describing your research interests, a curriculum vitae, and pdfs of up to five papers) and two letters of recommendation, to be submitted separately by the evaluators, should be sent to Monika Oppong ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Lentzeallee 94, 14195 Berlin). Please submit applications by December 5, 2014, to ensure consideration. However, review of applications will continue until the positions are filled. For further inquiries about the positions, please contact Tim Pleskac ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Thorsten Pachur ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).