Job ID: 114209

PhD student (f/m/d) in Cognitive Computational Neuroscience

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 31 July 2023

City: Würzburg

Country: Germany

Institution: Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg



The Research Group in Neuroscience at the Faculty of Human Sciences of the Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg led by Prof. Dr. Mona Garvert invites applications for a


PhD student (f/m/d) in Cognitive Computational Neuroscience
(TV-L, 50%)


The contract will start as soon as possible and will be fixed term for an initial period of 3 years. Remuneration will be based on the Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst der Länder (Collective Agreement for the Public Service of German Federal States, TV-L).

The successful applicant will be predominantly involved in the development and execution of independent research projects combining experimental work in cognitive computational neuroscience with advanced data analysis techniques. They will present their results at conferences and will prepare manuscripts for publication in international peer-reviewed scientific journals. There might be an opportunity to be involved in teaching.


The following qualifications are required:

  • A university degree (Master’s) in psychology, cognitive/computational neuroscience or a related subject
  • Prior experience with some of the relevant cognitive neuroscience techniques (e.g. online behavioural experiments, virtual reality, functional magnetic resonance imaging or computational neuroscience tools)
  • A strong affinity to and ideally experience with coding (in Matlab, Python, R or Javascript) and statistics
  • Excellent analytical, organizational and communication skills, very good English skills (German is a plus)
  • Enjoys working in a team


We offer

The successful candidate will be part of a newly established research group at the Faculty for Human Sciences, University of Würzburg. The research group led by Prof. Dr. Mona Garvert aims to understand how we make flexible decisions based on knowledge about structure in the world in health and disease. To address this question, we combine the development of novel cognitive tasks with computational modeling and brain imaging methods such as functional magnetic resonance imaging. The University of Würzburg provides a strong and vibrant research environment with close collaborations between psychology, neuroscience and psychiatry. The Department of Psychology where this position will be based hosts state-of-the-art laboratories for eye tracking, autonomic psychophysiology and EEG. For MRI studies, several 3T systems (e.g., in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits) and an ultra-high field 7T scanner at the Comprehensive Heart Failure Center Würzburg are available.


The University of Würzburg is an equal opportunity employer. As such, we explicitly encourage applications from qualified women. Severely handicapped applicants will be given preferential consideration in the case of broadly equal suitability, ability and professional achievements.


Please mail or email your convincing application and supporting documents (including CV, certificates, brief description of qualifications and research interests, contact information for two referees) to:

Prof. Dr. Mona Garvert
Juniorprofessur für Neurowissenschaften
Marcusstraße 9-11
97070 Würzburg
+49 931 31-85834

The closing date for applications is July 31st, 2023. Please do not send any original documents to us; only send photocopies. As we need to save costs, we will not be able to return your documents to you. They will be shredded shortly after a hiring decision has been made. If you enclose a postage-paid return envelope, we will return your application documents to you three months after a hiring decision has been made.