Research Associate / PhD Student / Postdoc, Neuroimaging of Higher Cognitive Brain Function”

Dresden, Sachsen (DE)
according to salary group E 13 TV-L
Tuesday, 23 June 2020
End of advertisement period
Friday, 31 July 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term

At TU Dresden, Faculty of Psychology, the Collaborative Research Center CRC 940 – Volition and Cognitive Control ( invites applications for two positions as

Research Associate / PhD Student / Postdoc

(Subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to salary group E 13 TV-L)

with 65% of the fulltime weekly hours for PhD Students or with 100% of the fulltime weekly hours for Postdocs. The PhD position aims at obtaining further academic qualification (PhD). Both positions start as soon as possible and are initially limited until 30.06.2023. A contract extension for a fourth year is possible. The period of employment is governed by the Fixed Term Research Contracts Act (WissZeitVG).

The positions are within the research group „Neuroimaging of Higher Cognitive Brain Function” led by Hannes Ruge and Uta Wolfensteller.  The successful candidates will work in a CRC sub-project which addresses the question how humans flexibly learn to implement entirely novel behavioral rules acquired via verbal instruction, observation, or trial-and-error, especially also when these newly acquired behaviors are in conflict with habitual response tendencies. To this end, behavioral measures and measures of neural activity and connectivity (via fMRI) will be combined with transcranial magnetic stimulation. The planned experiments build on extensive previous work conducted in our research group (e.g., Mohr et al., 2016, Nature Communications; Ruge et al., 2019, Elife; Zwosta et al., 2018, Neuroimage).

PhD Students are participating in a CRC-funded graduate program including annual spring schools. The neuroscientific studies will be conducted in the Neuroimaging Center Dresden ( which is equipped with a fully research-dedicated 3T scanner and a state-of-the-art TMS system.

Tasks: The successful candidates will develop and implement experiments using fMRI and TMS methodology, will apply advanced data analysis techniques for characterising multivariate activity patterns and functional connectivity changes, and will publish the findings in international journals.

Requirements: university degree (master/ diploma) and – if applicable- PhD degree in Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology, or similar; strong interest in neuroscientific topics; excellent skills in statistical methods; solid background in fMRI and/or TMS methodology; proficient in English language; Programming skills (e.g., Matlab) as well as prior experience with fMRI and/or TMS are an advantage.

For questions about these position please contact the project leaders Dr. Uta Wolfensteller ( or Prof. Dr. Hannes Ruge (

Applications from women are particularly welcome. The same applies to people with disabilities.

To apply, please include all documents in one PDF-file in the following order: CV, a brief statement describing your personal qualifications and future research interests, contact information for two referees. Applications with the subject heading ‘APPLICATION CRC940 A2’ should be sent until 31.07.2020 (stamped arrival date of the university central mail service applies) via the TU Dresden SecureMail Portal by sending it as a single pdf document to or to TU Dresden, Fakultät Psychologie, Sonderforschungsbereich SFB 940, z. Hdn. Frau Petra Makowski, Helmholtzstr. 10, 01069 Dresden. Please submit copies only, as your application will not be returned to you. Expenses incurred in attending interviews cannot be reimbursed.

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