Research Internship for Master’s students

Stellenangebot vom 19. Januar 2024

The Max Planck Research Group Translational Sensory and Circadian Neuroscience (Prof. Dr. Manuel Spitschan) aims to understand the effects of light on human physiology and behaviour. We use a multi-modal hybrid-methods approach in our research to understand mechanisms underlying circadian and sleep control. For more information about our group, please visit our group’s website:

We are offering a

Research Internship for Master’s students

to join our group in Tübingen starting anywhere from 1 February 2024 to 1 April 2024, for 3 months.

The internship:
We are looking for a master-level intern to take part in data collection in daytime, evening and/or overnight chronobiology experiments with human participants. In our study, participants enter the lab for 40 hours and are repeatedly measured in regard to their cognitive and perceptual performance as well as their physiological responses to light stimulation. Simultaneously, we continuously collect data on their physiological and psychological functions, particularly their hormone profile, body temperature, cardiovascular function, vigilance and various other outcomes. As a masters' student intern, you will independently perform and supervise data collection in shifts. You will also be involved in data curation and management. You have the opportunity to contribute to preprocessing multi-modal data, and gain insights into modelling biological or behavioural rhythms with multi-level models and time-series modelling.
The internship is located in Tübingen, a vibrant, youthful town in southern Germany, featuring a collaborative research community, particularly in neuroscience. It is home to three Max Planck Institutes, the Werner Reichardt Center for Integrative Neuroscience, and the Hertie Institute for Clinical Neurosciences.
We are a multidisciplinary and international project team spanning neuroscience, chronobiology and biomedical engineering. We are part of an independent research group, committed to creating a collaborative, friendly, and inclusive environment; we pursue open scholarship and strive to perform robust and reproducible research. Read our mission statement to learn more:

Your profile:

  • You are a Master’s student enrolled in a university in one of the following fields of study: psychology, cognitive sciences, neurosciences, biology, and similar
  • You are interested in learning cutting-edge chronobiology techniques, and curious about chronobiological research
  • You have experience in collecting data and/or working with human participants
  • You are willing to work overnight and in evening shifts
  • You demonstrate team spirit, and collaborate well with other co-workers and supervisors
  • You are interested in programming (experience with R and/or Python desired)
  • You are comfortable taking the lead on tasks are motivated to troubleshoot and problem-solve

The Max Planck Society seeks to employ more handicapped people and strongly encourages them to apply. Furthermore, we actively support the compatibility of work and family life. The Max Planck Society also seeks to increase the number of women in leadership positions and strongly encourages qualified women to apply. The Max Planck Society strives for gender equality and diversity.

Your application
We look forward to receiving your application that includes a cover letter detailing your motivation and timeline, your CV (max. 4 pages) and relevant certificates by e-mail to

Application are reviewed on a rolling basis, with preference for application coming in by Febraury 15th.

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