Job ID: 114156

PhD positions in human neuroimaging of brain state-dependent plasticity

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 31 August 2023

Employment Start Date: 1 October 2023

City: Tübingen

Country: Germany

Institution: Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics



The newly established Brain States for Plasticity group (PI Svenja Brodt) is looking for PhD students (m/f/d) to join our growing team at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany.

Our lab aims to understand how information is encoded and stored in the human brain on a network level. Which brain networks contribute to information storage across the entire lifecycle of a memory and how is information distributed within these networks? How do different brain states like sleep, wake and transitional states shape the architecture of memory? What is the potential of different neuromodulatory, physiological and cognitive factors for influencing memory formation and neuroplasticity?
To answer these questions, we combine behavioral paradigms with multimodal neuroimaging methods (fMRI, dwMRI, sMRI, EEG) and multivariate analysis techniques. You can find out more about our work at

As part of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics and the Tübingen Neuro Campus the group is situated within an ideal environment to investigate information processing in the human brain. In addition to our two state of the art sleep labs we have access to the institute’s MR scanners at high and ultra high-field strength.

Applicants should have a master’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, data science or related areas. Good statistical skills, basic programming experience and fluency in German and English are required. Experience with the collection and analysis of MRI or EEG data is desirable. PhD candidates can join the Graduate Training Centre of Neuroscience and can apply for the prestigious International Max Planck Research School “The Mechanisms of Mental Function and Dysfunction”.

The salary is paid in accordance with the collective agreement for the public sector (TVoeD Bund), according to your qualifications.
The Max Planck Society endeavours to employ more severely handicapped people. Applications of severely disabled persons are expressly desired. The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.

The positions are available from October 2023 and will remain open until filled. Please send your application documents containing a cover letter, CV, desired starting date and contact details for 2-3 references as a single PDF file to Dr. Svenja Brodt (