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Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Neuroscience (f/m/x)

Our international and multidisciplinary group conducts cognitive neuroscience research at the cutting edge and seeks to translate the findings to clinical applications. To better understand human action control we investigate cognitive processes such as decision-making, learning and planning. On the clinical side we study how these neurocognitive mechanisms contribute to behavioural dysfunctions observed in addiction. Currently we are working on computational models that integrate habitual and goal-directed control and their modulation by Pavlovian mechanisms. These models are experimentally tested in behavioural and fMRI experiments. The position is ideal to work as a computational neuroscientist or modeller in an interdisciplinary group of researchers.

Within the Technische Universität Dresden, the Section of Systems Neuroscience (Prof. Michael Smolka) is closely associated with the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology and the Neuroimaging Center, which offers excellent research collaborations (e.g. Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, Prof. Stefan Kiebel) and infrastructure (3 Tesla MRI scanner for full-time research, MRI-compatible EEG and eye tracking, as well as TMS and TDCS).

The Systems Neuroscience Lab at the Department of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine invites applications for a

Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Neuroscience (f/m/x)

The position is based on a fixed-term contract ending June 30th, 2024.

Our lab is engaged in two Collaborative Research Centers (CRC). The CRC 940Volition and Cognitive Control: Mechanisms, Modulators, and Dysfunctions’, and the newly established TRR 265Losing and Regaining Control over Drug Intake: From Trajectories to Mechanisms to Interventions’. These centers combine expertise from cognitive and computational neuroscience with clinical psychology and psychiatry.

Your tasks:

  • Preparing and conducting behavioural and imaging (fMRI) Experiments
  • Analysing behavioural and fMRI data
  • Computational modelling of behavioural data in collaboration with an experienced modelling Group
  • Attending regular CRC meetings for cross-disciplinary exchange of research findings
  • Preparing manuscripts and presenting results at conferences
  • Instructing and supervising PhD students

Your profile:

  • University degree (master or diploma) with a strong quantitative background (e.g., computational neuroscience, physics, mathematics, computer science, statistics)
  • Doctoral degree and documented interest in computational neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience or psychology
  • Expertise in conducting and analysing fMRI Experiments
  • Expertise in computational modelling of behavioural data
  • Programming skills in common software environments (e.g., Python, MATLAB)
  • Keen interest in experimental approaches to study complex human behaviour

We offer you:

  • Being part of the CRCs and its scientific activities
  • Working in a highly interdisciplinary team with leading addiction researchers and computational neuroscientists
  • A Position according to the TV-L conditons (E13; 100%) 

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

We look forward to receiving your complete application (one PDF-document including a cover letter with a brief summary of research interests, full CV, and two references) until July 19th, 2020 with Registration number PSY0920176. We kindly ask you to apply via our online form to make the selection process faster and more effective. For further Information please contact: Prof. Michael Smolka (