PhD Students / Doctoral Researchers in cognitive neuroscience
Universität Münster, Institute for Psychology

The Biological Psychology working group in the Institute for Psychology at the University Münster, Germany, invites applications for two


PhD Students / Doctoral Researchers (w/m/d)
(salary level TV-L E13, 65%)
in cognitive neuroscience


The preferable start date is as soon as possible, but at the latest will be 1 September 2019. This fixed-term post available for three years. Currently, the regular working time for full (100%) employment is 39 hours and 50 minutes per week.


Selected candidates will be invited to join our collaborative research team on predictive mechanisms in the human brain and behaviour ( We are interested in the classification of different types of predictions, in statistical and semantic knowledge feeding predictions, and in learning and adaptation processes triggered by prediction errors. We use neuroimaging (fMRI), electrophysiological techniques (EEG, EDA) and intervention techniques (TMS) in healthy subjects and impaired populations (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, Asperger autism, dementia).


The chosen candidates will work in close collaboration on the project "‘Alternative facts’ - How the brain warrants stable and flexible predictions from faithful and modified memories of a person’s true past". This project is part of the newly established DFG research unit 2812 “Constructing Scenarios of the Past: A New Framework in Episodic Memory” at the Ruhr University Bochum and the University of Münster. The research unit will study the cognitive and neuronal mechanisms underlying the constructed scenarios that make up episodic memory. It will employ and combine approaches from philosophy, psychology as well as experimental and computational neuroscience. The selected candidates’ projects will use fMRI to investigate the neuronal correlates and dynamics of recalling faithful and modified episodic memories. We seek to understand the conditions that render the memory of a truly experienced episode more or less susceptible to later modification.


The ideal candidate will hold an above-average MSc degree in a relevant subject and will have already shown a strong motivation for cognitive neuroscience research. Prior experimental experience in neuroimaging or electrophysiological methods would be highly valuable. The candidates will be required to engage in programming (MatLab, presentation, and fMRI-specific tools).


The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities. We also welcome applications from candidates with severe disabilities. Disabled candidates with equivalent qualifications will be preferentially considered. All posts can, as a rule, also be filled as part-time positions if there are no compelling work-related reasons against doing so.


For more information on the advertised positions and to apply, please send a CV, a short description of research interests, including publications and the names of two potential referees, to the following email address: Applications will be considered until 30 April 2019.

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