Connecting European Neuroscience

Ph.D. Student in Leipzig/Germany

22 December 2017

Ph.D. Student in Leipzig/Germany

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Applications are invited for a PhD student position in the ‘Pain Perception’ group headed by Dr Falk Eippert at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany. The aim of this research project is to understand how the experience of pain is constructed from the interaction of external noxious input and internal expectations and predictions about pain. This work will involve the use of high-resolution fMRI (as well as EEG and MEG) in combination with computational models of learning and perception at all levels of the central nervous system, with a special focus on the spinal cord. The starting date for the position is flexible (June 2018 would be ideal).

Applicants must have an MSc in neuroscience or a related discipline. They should be able to demonstrate that they are thorough, efficient, a good communicator and enjoy working both independently and as part of a dynamic team. The ideal candidate will already have conducted psychophysical and/or neuroimaging experiments. Programming skills (e.g. in Matlab, R, Python) and/or previous experience in the analysis of neuroimaging data are desirable but not essential. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in the International Max Planck Research School NeuroCom (

Remuneration is based on the pay scale of the Max Planck Society. The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

To apply, please submit a cover letter stating personal qualifications, a curriculum vitae, contact information for two referees, copies of your academic certificates, and a brief statement describing your research experience and your motivation to apply for this position (1 page). Please submit your application via our online system at (using subject heading “PHD 26/17”).

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3 years
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

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Dr. Falk Eippert
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Stephanstraße 1a
04103 Leipzig

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