Research Assistant (studentische Hilfskraft m/w) Neuroscience Department

for projects investigating aesthetic experiences

The Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, Germany, investigates the cognitive, affective, neuronal, and sociocultural foundations of aesthetic experience.

The Department of Neuroscience currently offers a position as

research assistant (studentische Hilfskraft m/w)
for 10 hours a week

to work on several projects in the research group of Dr. Edward Vessel. We use behavioral and neuroimaging techniques (fMRI and EEG) to investigate aesthetic responses to (primarily visual) aesthetic experiences, such as when a person finds a painting to be beautiful. The position is an opportunity for the HiWi to gain hands-on experience in conducting neuroscientific research projects in a stimulating interdisciplinary environment.
We are seeking a highly self-motivated individual. The ideal candidate would be an early-stage Bachelor- or Masters-student, since we are interested in hiring for a long-term period.


Your responsibilities:

  • Participant recruitment (contacting potential participants, distribution of flyers, etc.)
  • Assistance with data collection (behavioral experiments, assist with fMRI and EEG)
  • Data entry and assistance with analysis
  • Stimulus creation for experiments
  • Reviews of relevant literature and writing summaries
  • Organization of scientific literaterature

Our requirements: 

  • English fluency (primary language of research group) and good command of German
  • Bachelor or MSc student (preferably Neuroscience, Psychology, Engineering or related)
  • Well organized, good communication skills, works well as part of a team
  • Proficiency with office programs (Word, Excel, etc.)
  • Familiarity with Photoshop, Adobe Premier or other image manipulation software
  • Additional computer skills are a plus, e.g. Matlab, Python, or other programming languages
  • Interested in Neuroscience and Neuroaesthetics and motivated to learn

The contract will be for 6 months (one semester), with the possibility of extension, and is supposed to start on October 15, 2018 or otherwise as soon as possible.

The Max Planck Society is committed to hiring more disabled persons. We encourage applications fromsuch qualified individuals. 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 - by September 27, 2018, with the reference SH14_2018 to 

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