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

Department:

Description:

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 (stefanie.rogat@zmnh.uni-hamburg.de)
  • For further information about the program and individual projects, please contact the scientific coordinator of FOR5159, Prof. Dr. Ileana Hanganu-Opatz (hangop@zmnh.uni-hamburg.de)