Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Post Doc -- Max-Planck-Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI–CBS) in Leipzig

The Max-Planck-Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI–CBS) in Leipzig and its newly established Max Planck Research Group on “Auditory Cognition”, led by Jonas Obleser, are now offering

Postdoc and PhD positions for up to 3 years, preferably starting by January 2011.

Postdoc applicants: Successful candidates will have a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, or natural sciences. Prior experience with either fMRI or EEG/MEG methods is expected, and an interest in further applying and combining both domains in their research is highly desirable. The successful candidate will share our enthusiasm in problems of hearing and listening comprehension, and ideally has already demonstrated this by contributing to the field, although researchers with a background in visual or other neuroscience are of course also encouraged to apply. He or she should have a solid methods background; hands-on experience in problems of data and statistical analysis; and the interest to cosupervise the PhD and Master students in the group. The position offered does not include any teaching obligations.

PhD applicants: The candidates must have a master degree (or equivalent) in psychology, cognitive sciences, neuroscience, medicine, or a related field. Proficiency in oral and written English is necessary. PhD students will have the opportunity to participate in the curriculum of the International Max-Planck Research School.

Starting date for all positions is flexible. Salary is dependent on experience and based on MPI stipends or equivalent salary according to German Public service regulations. The research will be conducted at the MPI–CBS in Leipzig, Germany, an internationally leading centre for cognitive and imaging neuroscience equipped with a 7.0 T MRI scanner, three 3.0 T MRI scanners, a 306 channels MEG system, a TMS system and several EEG suites. All facilities are supported by experienced IT and physics staff. Our institute (just 190 km, or 70 minutes by train, south of Berlin) offers a very international environment, with English being the language spoken in the laboratory. It offers a friendly and generous environment of researchers with diverse backgrounds and with an excellent infrastructure.

In order to increase the proportion of female staff members, applications from female scientists are particularly encouraged. Preference will be given to disabled persons with the same qualification.

Applications should be kindly sent to personal@cbs.mpg.de using the code “PD 2/2010” for Postdoc or ”D5/2010” for PhD applications in the subject. Please send your email as a single, appropriately named pdf attachment. It should enclose a cover letter (max. 2 pages) that also specifies your future research interests; a CV; up to three representative reprints; and contact details of 2 personal references. This call remains open until the positions are filled.

For further details please contact Dr Jonas Obleser, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany, obleser@cbs.mpg.de

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