Research Associate / PhD Student at the Collaborative Research Center CRC 940 – “Volition and Cognit

Dresden, Sachsen (DE)
according to salary group E 13 TV-L
Apr 09, 2021
End of advertisement period
May 05, 2021
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

At TU Dresden, Faculty of Psychology the Collaborative Research Center CRC 940 – “Volition and Cognitive Control” – ( offers a position as

Research Associate / PhD Student

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

limited until June 30, 2024 starting as soon as possible. The period of employment is governed by Fixed Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz-WissZeitVG). The position entails 65 % of the fulltime weekly hours and aims at obtaining further academic qualification (e.g.  PhD).

The successful applicant will work in the CRC subproject B5 (project leaders: Dr. Katharina Zwosta and Prof. Dr. Clemens Kirschbaum) which investigates the effects of acute and chronic stress on the cognitive and neural mechanisms of self-control and goal-directed behavior. To this end, healthy participants are subjected to a standardized procedure inducing acute stress and indicators of chronic stress are collected. The effects of stress are assessed behaviorally and neurally with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). PhD students participate in a CRC-funded graduate program including annual spring schools. The studies will be conducted at the Neuroimaging Center Dresden ( which is equipped with a fully research-dedicated 3T scanner.

Tasks: Participant recruitment, implementation of the experiments, project-related guidance of the student assistants, data analysis, publication and presentation of the results in scientific journals and at conferences.

Requirements: We are looking for a highly motivated person with a university degree (MSc or diploma) in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience or a similar subject; a strong interest in neuroscientific and biopsychological topics; very good statistical and methodological skills, excellent proficiency in English and high levels of commitment; initiative and scientific curiosity. Prior experience with fMRI and/or scientific publishing as well as programming skills (esp. Matlab) are advantageous.

For questions please contact the project leaders Dr. Katharina Zwosta ( or Prof. Dr. Clemens Kirschbaum (

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

Please submit your comprehensive application (including a cover letter describing your research interests and qualifications, your CV, relevant certificates, and the names and contact information for two referees) by May 5, 2021 (stamped arrival date of the university central mail service applies) preferably via the TU Dresden SecureMail Portal by sending it as a single pdf document to or by mail to: TU Dresden, Fakultät Psychologie, Sonderforschungsbereich SFB 940, z. Hd. Frau Katrin Nachtigal, 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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