Job ID: 60240

PhD and postdoctoral positions: Research Unit: Resolving the prefrontal circuits of cognitive flexibility (FOR5159)

Position: Post-doctoral Position

Deadline: 15 November 2021

Contract Length: 4 years

City: Hamburg, Freiburg, Mannheim, Munich, Frankfurt, Tübingen

Country: Germany

Institution: University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, University Freiburg, Central Institute of Mental Health Mannheim, Technical University of Munich (TUM), Tübingen University, Goethe University Frankfurt



The Research Unit 5159 “Resolving the prefrontal circuits of cognitive flexibility” (FOR5159) is a joint venture of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), University of Freiburg, Central Institute of Mental Health Mannheim, Technical University of Munich (TUM), Tübingen University, Medical University of Vienna, and Goethe University Frankfurt. We offer up to 8 fully funded Ph.D. and postdoc positions to highly motivated and talented scientists. The program will start on an individual basis between November 1, 2021 and February 1, 2022.

We offer:

  • An outstanding international research environment at a prestigious and unique research cluster addressing the neural basis of cognitive flexibility in different mammalian species
  • Excellent infrastructure for training and research by internationally recognized scientists in facilities with state-of-the-art technologies
  • Projects that can be carried out in up to 9 participating research groups on following topics:
  • cognitive brain processes involved in numerical cognition in nonhuman primates at the University of Tübingen (Prof. Dr. Andreas Nieder)
  • developmental dynamics of cognitive flexibility at UKE (Prof. Dr. Ileana L. Hanganu-Opatz)
  • prefrontal activity within and across behavioral tasks at Goethe University Frankfurt (Dr. Torfi Sigurdsson)
  • prefrontal diversity for action control at University Freiburg (Prof. Dr. Ilka Diester) and intrinsic determinants of cognitive flexibility (Prof. Dr. Christian Leibold)
  • mechanisms of human cognitive flexibility at TUM (Prof. Dr. Simon Jacob)
  • neuro-dynamical principles of prefrontal processing at Central Institute of Mental Health Mannheim (Prof. Dr. Daniel Durstewitz)
  • An interdisciplinary and structured Ph.D. program completely conducted in English
  • An individual career mentoring program, mid-term lab exchanges between research groups of FOR5159, extensive methods courses and workshops
  • Intensive support and guidance for international students in all administrative matters

We are looking for:

  • Highly qualified and motivated students / postdoctoral researchers holding a MSc / PhD or equivalent degree in Neuroscience, Psychology, (Neuro)biology, Biomedical Sciences, or Biophysics or a related field
  • Strong interest in Neuroscience, experience in animal physiology and neural data analysis, good communication skills, creative and independent thinking

Further information

  • Application period: Sep 15 – Nov 15, 2021
  • Applications (CV, motivation letter, academic achievements, 2 references) should be sent to the administrative coordinator of FOR5159, Stefanie Rogat (
  • For further information about the program and individual projects, please contact the scientific coordinator of FOR5159, Prof. Dr. Ileana Hanganu-Opatz (