Internship Department of Neuroscience

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

The Department of Neuroscience currently offers a


to work on a research project related to cognitive processes underlying music preferences. More specifically, the project aims to clarify the perception/appreciation of singing voices, its modulation by expertise, and relation to visual art perception/appreciation.

We are seeking a highly self-motivated individual who is willing to actively contribute to different stages of the research project and to take primary responsibility for their execution. The intern will be involved in acoustic analyses of material, conduct behavioral experiments, and take part in the analyses/interpretation of the data collected. The intern will also participate in other projects related to speech/music processing conducted in the team.

Your responsibilities:

  • creation of a database (i.e., recordings of pop singers)
  •  acoustic analyses of the auditory material
  • subject recruitment (contacting potential participants, distribution of flyers, etc.)
  • data collection (setting up for behavioral experiments) and support with data analysis
  • active participation to accompany projects on this topic

Our requirements:

  • MSc student (preferably Psychology or a related field)
  • deep interest in music, acoustics, and neuroscience
  • good command of German and English (project communication language)
  • good communication and organizational skills
  • critical thinking and eagerness to learn new techniques/tools/methods
  • programming skills and familiarity with statistics/experimental methods are a plus

The internship is for a period of 3 months, starting ideally from May 15, otherwise as soon as possible. The institute offers you certified tutoring during internship and pays a monthly reimbursement or expenditure compensation.

The Max Planck Society is committed to hiring more disabled persons. We encourage applications from disabled persons. The Max Planck Society would like to increase the proportion of women in those fields in which they are underrepresented. Women are therefore expressly encouraged to apply.

Please submit your application including CV and a short letter describing your background, experience and motivation - preferably in pdf format - no later than April 30, 2018, to

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