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Job offer 3010-2017

The Leibniz Institute for Knowledge Media (IWM) researches knowledge gathering and acquisition, knowledge exchange and cooperation with digital media. The institute is a member of the Leibniz Association and is committed to international standards of excellence in science.

We are looking for a student assistant from June 2017, for an initial 6 month contract, a curious and hardworking student assistant.

studentische Hilfskraft

Student / assistant
20 hours a month (5 per week). 

Potential tasks

  • Devise simple studies to examine, ‘the role of cognitive conflict in the scientific enterprise’ with internet data.
  • Use R to get data from the internet in order to run the study we design.
  • Implement a plan of analysis given an outline and example (i.e., change variable names, summarize results).
  • Write up and present results in e.g., posters, presentations, publications on which you would be an author.
  • Go to a conference to present and learn more about the topic and psychological science more generally. 
  • Learn about and support my research lines, generally speaking (suggest googling and coming with ideas).
  • This will not be you sitting in a lab watching people take surveys- it will be more interesting than that.
  • The goal will be to collaborate, such that you get paid to learn something useful while you help me as well.

Your profile  

  • Studying psychology, computer science, or related with an interest in utilizing internet data to learn about psychology. 
  • Basic experience with R and statistical analysis – more importantly a willingness to learn if you don’t have it. 
  • A desire to (learn how to) utilize internet data to answer psychological questions.
  • Preference given to Masters student’s or advanced bachelor’s students.
  • Interest in studying novelty, scientific communication, knowledge construction and exchange.
  • The most important thing is a desire to gain research experience, learn how psychological science is done, and to find simple, understandable answers to important questions, most likely utilizing data from the internet.

We offer intensive scientific support including a computer and workspace, along with integration into the research activities of the IWM and an opportunity to further skills while getting paid for it. There is also the possibility to work toward further qualification in the related fields (e.g., Bachelor Master or PhD theses). You are welcome to email us with any questions about eligibility or interests: , phone +49 7071 979-239.

Please send a letter of interest and an outline of your history and qualifications by e-mail to b.buttliere@iwm-tuebingen.de. Attach a short curriculum vitae as well as a certificate of matriculation, the current grading certificate and the matriculation certificate to your application. Also send a copy indicating the code number 3010-2017, in a PDF file, to .

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Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien
Schleichstr. 6
72076 Tübingen

Equal opportunities are part of our personnel policy. People with disabilities are given priority if appropriate.