Student Assistant

The Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, investigates the attentional, cognitive, and affective mechanisms of aesthetic perception and evaluation.

The Institute invites applications for a

Student Assistant (studentische Hilfskraft)
for 40 hours per month

to work under the DFG-funded research project The Forager Folklore Database (FFDB). This project involves analyzing the story content and structure of oral folktales in historical hunter-gatherer societies and creating a digital database of pertinent folktales.

Your responsibilities

The student assistant will be responsible for providing support in setting up the database. This includes:

  • assisting in developing a user interface for the database in OracleApex;
  • data entry and organization of existing datasets;
  • assisting in generating digital full texts (scanning, OCR, editing).

Our requirements

  • academic concentration in digital humanities, digital philology, computational literary studies, or similar;
  • basic skills in OracleSQL/OracleApex or willingness to acquire them;
  • good proficiency in oral and written English and German.

Prior experience with developing database models as well as an interest in digital text analysis are desirable.

Our offer

  • a highly interactive working atmosphere in an international, interdisciplinary research institute; 
  • a modern and well-equipped workplace in an attractive neighborhood with excellent infrastructure in Frankfurt’s Westend district;
  • the possibility of remote working.

This contract is initially limited to one semester (6 months) with the possibility of extension. 

The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity. We are also committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in our workforce. Therefore, applicants of all backgrounds are welcome. 

Your application

Please send your application—including your cover letter, CV, certificate of study, and, if applicable, copies of degrees and/or certificates—in a single PDF file, before May 30, 2022, by e-mail to using the code SH010_2022 in the subject line.