Student Assistant Positions

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 two

Student Assistant Positions (Studentische Hilfskraft)
for 40 hours a month each 

to work under the supervision of Dr. Alessandro Tavano on a project that uses behavioral and neuroimaging techniques (EEG, MEG) to investigate how the human brain processes linguistic hierarchy. This position is an opportunity for the assistants to gain hands-on experience conducting neuroscientific research in a stimulating interdisciplinary environment. We are therefore seeking highly interested and self-motivated individuals to assist with the project.

Your responsibilities

  • create stimuli for experiments;
  • assist with data collection (e.g., for behavioral experiments as well as EEG, MEG, etc.);
  • recruit research study participants (e.g., contacting potential participants, etc.);
  • conduct data entry and assist with analysis;
  • write literature reviews and summaries;
  • organize scientific literature.

Our requirements

  • a solid training in linguistics; 
  • an interest in linguistics and neuroscience and a motivation to learn;
  • a native German speaker but fluent in English (primary language of the project), and ideally a native speaker of a further language;
  • current enrollment as an MSc student, preferably in linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, engineering, computer science, or related field (exceptionally well-qualified Bachelor students may also be considered);
  • some experience with (or exposure to) speech analysis and coding, e.g., Praat, Python, MATLAB, R, or other languages;
  • strong organizational and communication skills, capacity to work well as part of a team;
  • proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, such as Word, Excel, etc.

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;
  • possibility of remote working.

The contract is initially limited to one semester (6 months), with the possibility of extension. The start date will be July 1, 2022. 
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 references (if possible, please submit materials in English)—in a single PDF file, no later than May 30, 2022, by e-mail to using the code SH09_2022 in the subject line.