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Research position (f/m/x)

The Division of Psychological and Social Medicine and Developmental Neurosciences invites applications for a

Research position (PhD) (f/m/x)

within the Translational Developmental Neuroscience Section with a focus on the biological mechanisms that promote the development and maintenance of eating- and weight disorders as assessed by means of neuroimaging techniques (MRT) and other neurobiological as well as neuropsychological methods. The position is open to qualified international applicants but a good knowledge of German is necessary since the position includes the coordination of an ongoing clinical study. 

The focus of this research project is on neuroimaging techniques and experimental psychology methods and will be carried out in close collaboration with other departments at the Department of Mental Health of the University Hospital, the Collaborative Research Centre 940 "Volition and Cognitive Control: Mechanisms, Modulators, and Dysfunctions" and the newly founded International Research Training Group (IRTG) 2773 of affective disorders. The successful applicant will work in a team of young investigators and clinicians who have been conducting various neuroscience projects within the fields of autism, eating disorders and schizophrenia since 2010. He/she will conduct a subproject within a larger study dedicated to the metabolom, micobiom and structural and functional brain changes in patients with eating disorders. The project includes the acquisition and analysis of clinical, neuropsychological, “wet-lan” and MRI (structural, functional MRI, DTI, MRS) data as well as writing up and publishing the results. You will also learn how to supervise interns and medical students working in the project. In addition, the position offers the possibility for further scientific qualification (PhD) and improvement of teaching skills. For further information, please click here and here.

Your Profile:

  • Master or Diploma degree in Psychology or Clinical Neurosciences, if you have additional qualifications a degree in Biology, Biomedicine, Biophysics, Computer Science or Electrical Engineering may also be sufficient
  • previous experience in research activities within the past years (e.g. publications as first or coauthor)
  • previous exposure to neurosciences/neurobiology and experience in the analysis of imaging data (e.g. FSL, SPM, FreeSurfer), in computational modeling as well as basic knowledge of computer programming (e.g. Linux/Unix shell scripting, Python or MATLAB) are of advantage but not a precondition
  • very good command of German in order to communicate with non-scientific staff members, patients and students
  • very good command of English
  • strong organizational skills
  • previous teaching experiences are of advantage

We offer:

  • Arranging for flexible working hours to find a balance between work and family life
  • Using our internal prevention program including courses and fitness in our Carus Vital health Center
  • Taking part in job-oriented educational course in our Carus Akademie
  • Providing for the future in the form of a company pension plan
  • A Position according to the TV-L conditions 

Women are explicitly invited to apply. Handicapped persons will be preferred in case of equal qualification.  

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply please use our online portal with registration number PSM0922900. 

The application should include a cover letter detailing professional objectives and interests, CV (with grades and language skills), and the names and email addresses of two references. We look forward to receiving your application until Feburary 15th, 2022. For further information please contact Prof. Stefan Ehrlich - Tel.: 0351-458-5214 or by email (