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Student Assistant (m/f/x) to create and maintain written digital assets

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 (m/f/x)
for 40 hours per month

to work in the Research Group Neural Circuits, Consciousness, and Cognition. The overall goal is to accelerate our understanding of how we see (perception), why some experience feels the way it does (consciousness) and how those experiences get imprinted on our brain (learning and memory) – as well as the interplay between these processes.

We are looking for a candidate to create and maintain written digital assets of Cogitate (e.g., website, social media, newsletters, and other communication channels).

Your tasks:

  • Collaborate with the research team and the graphic designer to brainstorm and develop creative copy ideas and concepts;
  • Write and edit persuasive copy for various marketing materials, including—but not limited to—learning modules, website content, blog posts, social media posts, e-mail campaigns, and project descriptions;
  • A creative and persuasive writing style that adapts to different audiences and channels;
  • Strong attention to detail and an ability to produce error-free content;
  • Enthusiasm for learning and staying up-to-date with industry trends and best practices.

Our requirements:

  • Status as BA or MA student, preferably in Marketing and Communications, Media Studies, or a related field;
  • Experience with journalism, marketing, communication and/or writing copy (experience with Science Communication would be considered an asset);
  • Strong writing and editing skills in English, with an excellent command of grammar, punctuation, and style;
  • Research industry trends and open science landscape to gather insights that enhance the quality and relevance of your writing;
  • Assist in maintaining content calendars and ensuring timely delivery of content;
  • Participate in team meetings and contribute ideas to marketing campaigns and strategies;
  • Proofread and edit content to ensure it meets quality and project standards;
  • Experience with creating/producing/hosting podcasts would be considered an asset;
  • Knowledge of website design and maintenance (custom CSS, content management systems) would be considered an asset;

Our offer:

  • A friendly and cooperative working environment in an international, interdisciplinary research institute;
  • A modern and well-equipped workplace in an attractive neighborhood with excellent infrastructure in Frankfurt’s Westend district;
  • Valuable hands-on experience in copywriting and content creation;
  • The opportunity to work with a talented and diverse, neuroscience team dedicated to innovation and creativity.

The contract is initially limited to one semester (6 months), with the possibility of extension. 

Your application:

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.

Please send your application including your cover letter, CV, certificate of study, and references (if possible, submit materials in English) in a single PDF file, before September 30, 2023, via our applicant management system.

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