[visionlist] PhD position on human resource rationality

Dominik Endres dominik.endres at uni-marburg.de
Tue Aug 11 09:05:12 -04 2020

We offer a PhD position in the research training group 
RTG 2271 "Breaking Expectations"
in the department of Psychology at the Philipps-Universität Marburg.
In this sub-project, we investigate whether individual humans are Bayesian resource-
rational learners under naturalistic conditions where possible (virtual reality), and in online 
experiments. Specifically, we will compare the learning dynamics of these models and 
their dealing with expectation violations to human behavior. One possible application 
direction  are models of chronic and acute pain perception and prediction. The project 
requires a keen interest in the computational and mathematical modeling of human 
experimental data. Interest in designing and carrying out such experiments is a plus.
Benefits of membership in the GRK 2271 include:
- scientific exchange with a vibrant community of PhD students and PIs of the other 
- possibility of (funded) lab visits with international mentors/collaborators
- yearly retreats in the scenic Kleinwalsertal
Formal requirements are:
     *  a qualified degree in psychology, or computer science, or cognitive science, or 
engineering, or physics (Master, Diploma, or comparable) as well as
     *  demonstrable programming experience in a high-level language, e.g. Python or 
We expect you to be interested in:
     *  the topic of the project (to be documented in a motivation letter [1 page max], in 
which you may refer to prior experiences, for instance, a thematically pertinent thesis, 
student research assistant positions, etc.)
     *  quantitative modeling
     *  developing virtual-reality scenarios and technology for research purposes
Advantageous qualifications are:
     *  prior exposure to machine learning, associative, Bayesian or other mathematical 
learning models and Bayesian statistics
     *  willing to learn basic German language skills
Application deadline: 28.08.20
For further information, please contact Prof. Dominik Endres (dominik.endres at uni-
The official job advert can be found here (deadline has been extended to 28.08.20):

Prof. Dr. Dominik Endres
AE Theoretische Kognitionswissenschaft
Allgemeine und Biologische Psychologie
FB Psychologie, Gutenbergstr 18, 35032 Marburg, Germany 
Tel. +49-(0)6421-28-23818

[1] https://www.uni-marburg.de/en/fb04/rtg-2271/beschreibung
[2] mailto:dominik.endres at uni-marburg.de
[3] https://www.uni-marburg.de/de/universitaet/administration/verwaltung/dezernat2/
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