Postdoc / PhD student

Project: "Cultural Foundations of Auditory Perception"

The Max-Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, Germany, investigates the attentional, cognitive, and affective mechanisms of aesthetic perception and evaluation. The Institute is currently is searching for a full-time postdoctoral researcher or PhD student (f/m/d) for the Research Group of Nori Jacoby (Group Leader) working on the project Cultural Foundations of Auditory Perception to assist in data acquisition in multiple sites around the world. This project integrates elements from neuroscience, psychology, cultural anthropology, and ethnomusicology with the aim of significantly increasing our knowledge about the role of experience in determining auditory perception. The successful applicant will be involved in the design, piloting, and implementation of cross-cultural auditory perception experiments. The applicant will also manage and run experiments in conjunction with a multinational consortium of collaborators. Candidates will be required to travel frequently to supervise experimental data collection around the globe; some of these locations may include outdoor or harsh conditions

The successful applicant holds a BSc. / MA in a relevant discipline, e.g., psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, ethnomusicology, or computer science and possesses the following skills and experience:

  1. Command of Matlab for experiment analysis and design.
  2. Substantial knowledge of statistics / experimental methods.
  3. Excellent spoken and written English and scientific writing skills.
  4. Fluency in Spanish or Portuguese; additional languages are advantageous.
  5. Experience with field work (especially in tropical areas) and experience with the outdoors including hiking and camping.
  6. Willingness to travel to remote locations for weeks at a time.

The position is for a period of two years and an extension is possible. Salaries are determined following the salary scale E 13 of the German TVÖD (Bund)*, depending on experience (starting at 50%). The start date is negotiable.

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. 

Please submit a detailed CV, a summary of research interests and experience, 2 writing samples, and the names of two references – in a single pdf – by June 1, 2019 with the reference “Nori Jacoby Postdoc / PhD Student (Cultural Foundations of Auditory Perception)" to:

Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik
Personalstelle, Grüneburgweg 14, 60322 Frankfurt, Germany


*Collective Wage Agreement for the Federal Civil Service