Postdoctoral researcher

Project: "Characterizing the Geometry of Perceptual Biases using Massive Online Experiments in Audition and Vision"

The Max-Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, Germany, investigates the attentional, cognitive, and affective mechanisms of aesthetic perception and evaluation. The Institute currently is searching for a full-time postdoctoral researcher (f/m/d) for the Research Group of Nori Jacoby (Group Leader) working on the project Characterizing the Geometry of Perceptual Biases using Massive Online Experiments in Audition and Vision. We are using a novel interactive paradigm based on Markov Chain Monte Carlo with People (Sanborn & Griffiths 2008), together with classical psychophysics and production based paradigms adapted to the online environment. The applicant will lead developing new experiments implementing both frontend (js) and backend (python) using the Dallinger platform for laboratory automation for the behavioral and social sciences ( and using common web development.

The successful applicant holds a PhD in a relevant discipline, e.g., computer science, psychology or neuroscience, is able conduct independent research program, and possesses the following skills and experience:

  1. Command of the usage of Matlab for experiment analysis and design.
  2. Command of backend developing with python+flask.
  3. Command of front-end programing with js.
  4. Experience with implementing experiments on Amazon Mechanical Turk.
  5. Applicants with experience in deploying apps with Heroku or similar cloud based platform, developing applications for mobile/tablet, machine learning, signal processing are particularly encouraged to apply.
  6. Excellent academic writing skills.

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. The start date is negotiable. Candidates at other levels (MA / Phd) with similar skills and interests are welcome to contact the Jacoby Research Group as well.

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, two writing samples, and names of two references, including the PhD advisor –in a single pdf– by June 1, 2019 with the reference “Nori Jacoby Postdoctoral Researcher (Characterizing Perceptual Biases)” to:

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

*Collective Wage Agreement for the Federal Civil Service