Research Associate - Faculty of Psychology

Dresden (DE)
01 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
01 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

At TU Dresden, Faculty of Psychology, Institute of General Psychology, Biopsychology and Methods of Psychology, the Chair of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience (CCN, Prof. Dr. Katharina von Kriegstein) invites, subject to resources being available, applications for a

Research Associate

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

The position is available at the next possible date and entails 50 % of the fulltime weekly hours. The position is initially limited until 31.12.2020. A contract extension for a fourth year is possible. The period of employment is governed by the Fixed Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz – WissZeitVG). The position offers the chance to obtain further academic qualification.

The position is part of the ERC-consolidator grant SENSOCOM. The aim of the SENSOCOM project is to investigate the role of auditory and visual subcortical sensory structures in analysing human communication signals and to specify how their dysfunction contributes to human communication disorders such as developmental dyslexia. For examples of our work on these topics see von Kriegstein et al., 2008 Current Biology, Diaz et al., 2012 PNAS; Müller-Axt et al., 2017 Current Biology. The projects include experiments using cognitive neuroscience methods to understand the basic mechanisms of cortico-subcortical interactions as well as development of training programmes that are aimed at creating intervention programmes for communication deficits (for a brief description see

Research is performed at the Neuroimaging Centre at the TU Dresden ( The centre offers cutting-edge infrastructure with 3-Tesla MRI, MRI compatible headphones and eye-tracking, several EEG systems, a neurostimulation unit including neuronavigation, TMS and tDCS devices. Besides an excellent infrastructure, the centre offers an international and friendly environment with researchers from diverse backgrounds. All experimental facilities are supported by experienced staff. For analyses with high computational demands, there is access to high-performance computing clusters.

Tasks: The successful applicant has to develop, perform, and analyse cognitive neuroscience experiments within the SENSOCOM project and to publish the results in peer-reviewed publications.

Requirements: The candidate must have a university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in neuroscience, psychology or a related field, a strong interest in perceptual aspects of human communication, particularly auditory speech perception, prior experience with at least one method of cognitive neuroscience, such as (auditory) psychophysics, functional or structural MRI, TMS, diffusion-weighted imaging, brainstem recordings or EEG/MEG. Experience with clinical populations (e.g. developmental dyslexia) and/or computational modelling would be an asset but is not essential.

PhD students will have the opportunity to participate in the TU Dresden graduate academy ( TU Dresden is one of eleven German Universities of Excellence and offers an interdisciplinary scientific environment.

Contact for informal enquiries regarding the post: Prof. Dr. Katharina von Kriegstein (

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, contact information of two references, a brief statement describing your personal qualifications and future research interests, academic transcripts. Applications with the subject heading "ERC 02/18” should be sent until 01.11.2018 (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 via post to TU Dresden, Fakultät Psychologie, Institut für Allgemeine Psychologie, Biopsychologie und Methoden der Psychologie, Professur für Kognitive und Klinische Neurowissenschaft, Frau Prof. Dr. Katharina von Kriegstein, 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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