Two 3-year PhD positions in Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience
University of Luebeck

Two 3-year PhD positions in Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience
in the Department of Pediatric and Adult Movement Disorders and
Neuropsychiatry (Head: Alexander Münchau), Center for Brain, Behavior
and Metabolism at the University of Lübeck

The University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein is one of the largest university hospitals in Europe with
more than 80 clinics and institutes. It offers outstanding medical treatment and excellence in research and
education with nearly 13,000 employees, 2,600 patient beds and more than 100,000 hospitalized patients,
240,000 outpatient cases and in excess of 3,000 births a year. We provide top research at the interface of
medicine, science and technology.

The Collaborative Research Unit "Cognitive Theory for Tourette Syndrome – A Novel Perspective" (DFG
FOR 2698, speaker: Alexander Münchau) has recently been awarded to the Universities of Lübeck and
Dresden. As part of this research unit, two 3-year PhD positions are offered in the field of cognitive and
systems neuroscience research in Tourette syndrome in the Department of Pediatric and Adult Movement
Disorders and Neuropsychiatry, Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism at the University of Lübeck in
close cooperation with the Department of Cognitive Neurophysiology at the University of Dresden (head:
Christian Beste).

We are an interdisciplinary team (neurology, neuropsychiatry, psychology, computer science) using TMS,
EEG and fMRI to investigate the neural underpinnings of action control and movement disorders, with a
particular focus on Tourette syndrome, Parkinson's disease, and dystonia (

Our group is based in the picturesque city of Lübeck among many UNESCO World Heritage sites and
directly on the Baltic Sea coastline and part of the Metropolitan area of Hamburg, Germany's second
largest city and home to a wide range of cultural and leisure attractions.

Your role:

Carry out neuroscientific research (EEG, TMS, MRI) investigating action control and the interplay
between perception and action
Perform data processing and statistical analysis
Manage the design and realization of follow-up experiments
Present and publish the results internationally

Your profile:

M.Sc. degree in psychology, neuroscience, biomedical sciences, or a related field
Strong interest in scientific research, combining cognitive, clinical and systems neuroscience
Experience with one or several of the applied methods, statistical analysis, programming, or scientific
writing advantageous (but not required)

What we offer:

An internationally competitive PhD project at the forefront of cognitive/systems neuroscience and
Tourette research Integration in an inspiring and supportive research environment for acquiring the relevant skills and efficiently carrying out the projects

Excellent and comprehensive supervision along your way to the PhD
A part-time position (65 %, 25 hours/week) and a salary according to the German salary scale 13 TV-L
(3-year contract)

The positions are available as of now (October 2019). Incoming applications are reviewed continuously.
The University of Lübeck is an equal opportunity employer and aims to increase the number of women in
research and teaching. We have been certified as a family-friendly institution and are committed to further
improving the compatibility of work and family life. The University supports the employment of disabled
persons. Persons with disabilities will be given preference in case of equal qualifications.

Does that sound interesting?

For more details on the position, please contact Prof. Dr. med. Alexander Münchau at Please visit for additional information on the University of Lübeck. Questions on administrative aspects can be addressed to
We are looking forward to your application. Please include a cover letter briefly describing your motivation
to join our team, a CV, short summaries of undergraduate theses, copies of relevant graduation
certificates, degrees, and academic references. Please send your application (one PDF file) to

We are looking forward to your application. Please submit your application until 06.10.2019, indicating
your earliest possible starting date as well as the reference number 20190606, via our online

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