Applications are invited for a

Research Assistant / PhD position (all genders) – 80%

as part of the ERC Consolidator project „ACTOR: Towards a computational account of natural sequential behavior“ in the group of Constantin Rothkopf at the Centre for Cognitive Science, Institute of Psychology in the Department of Human Sciences at the Technical University of Darmstadt initially limited for three years.

In this project we will combine human behavioral experiments in naturalistic tasks with computational modeling to better understand how perception, decision making, and actions are intertwined in sequential behavior. This involves developing behavioral experiments in natural or VR environments while tracking the body and the eyes as well as developing and applying computational models from the areas of optimal control, reinforcement learning, deep learning and probabilistic programming to explain and predict human behavior.

Your profile

  • You have a Masters in Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Psychology or in a related field,
  • very good analytical and methodological skills,
  • interest in empirical and theoretical research in the areas of cognitive science, AI, psychology of information processing, cognitive modeling,
  • you are self-motivated, reliable, creative, able to discuss/write/present scientific results in English,
  • experience in programming in Python or Julia especially probabilistic graphical models, optimal control, reinforcement learning, deep learning or probabilistic programming are a plus.

Opportunity for further qualification (doctoral dissertation) is given. The fulfillment of the duties likewise enables the scientific qualifications of the candidate.

The Technische Universität Darmstadt intends to increase the number of female employees and encourages female candidates to apply. In case of equal qualifications applicants with a degree of disability of at least 50 or equal will be given preference. Wages and salaries are according to the collective agreements on salary scales, which apply to the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TV-TU Darmstadt).

Informal inquiries may be made to Constantin Rothkopf at In your application, please include a brief (max. 2 pages) cover letter explaining your research interests, motivation, and your longer-term career goals, a CV, and contact information for 2-3 references. Applications may be submitted to the Dean of the Department of Human Sciences of the Technical University Darmstadt, Alexanderstraße 10, 64283 Darmstadt, in electronic form as a single pdf document via e-mail at:

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Code No. 721

Published on

November 02, 2022

Application deadline

November 30, 2022