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Student Assistant (studentische Hilfskraft) for Dr. Edward Vessel

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 a

Student Assistant (studentische Hilfskraft)
for 40 hours per month

to work under the supervision of Dr. Edward Vessel. We use behavioral and neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, EEG, fNIRS) to investigate aesthetic responses to (primarily visual) aesthetic experiences, such as when a person finds an artwork to be beautiful. The position is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in conducting neuroscientific research projects in a stimulating interdisciplinary environment. The primary work will be to assist with visual stimulus preparation for a study using deep convolutional neural networks (DCNNs) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

Ihre Aufgaben:

  • become familiar with a custom image-creation pipeline using a deep convolutional neural network, implemented on a high-performance computing cluster;
  • assist with image creation through analysis of participant responses, online image collection and novel image generation;
  • manage the image generation and storage process;
  • assist with participant recruitment and aspects of data analysis;
  • assist with fMRI data collection sessions.

Ihr Profil:

  • some experience with programming (e.g., shell scripts, Python, Matlab, R or other languages), deep nets or distributed computing would be helpful;
  • experience with image processing also helpful;
  • interest in neuroscience and visual neuroaesthetics and motivation to learn;
  • English fluency (primary language of research group);
  • status as late-stage Bachelor’s student or early MSc student (preferably in neuroscience, psychology, engineering, computer science, or related field);
  • good organization and communication skills, ability to work well as part of a team;
  • proficiency with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, etc.).

Unser Angebot:

  • 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 occasional remote work.

This 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.

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