Research Associate / Postdoc

Dresden, (DE)
19 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
20 Oct 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

At the Faculty of Science, Department of Psychology, Institute of General Psychology, Biopsychology and Methods of Psychology, Chair of Social and Clinical Neuroscience (Prof. Dr. Katharina von Kriegstein) invites applications for a position as

Research Associate / Postdoc
(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 initially limited to 3 years, max. until 31.12.2020. A contract extension is possible. The period of employment is governed by the Fixed Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz – WissZeitVG). 

The main research goal of the position is to investigate behavioural and neuroscience principles of perceptual learning and their translation to evidence-based teaching and training programmes. The holder of the position will participate in the teaching of teacher training students. The position is part of the Human Communication Research Group led by Prof. Dr. Katharina von Kriegstein. The group is currently based at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig ( and will be newly established by October 1st 2017 at the TU Dresden. 

Tasks: The position holder will conduct neuroscientific experimental work on projects in the area of perceptual learning. The position is ideal for candidates interested in research at the interface between basic neuroscience and translational aspects into school or training settings for people with communication difficulties (e.g. developmental dyslexia). There is flexibility on the exact nature of the projects in terms of methods and specific topic. For examples see von Kriegstein et al., 2008 PNAS; Mayer KM, et al. 2015 Current Biology. The position is financed by an initiative to improve teacher education in Saxony (‘Bildungspaket’). Teaching duties according to DAVOHS.

Requirements: university degree in psychology, neuroscience, education, medicine or related fields and a PhD in psychology, neuroscience or related field; strong interest in neuroscience and teaching; ability to teach in German. Experience with experimental methods of cognitive neuroscience, such as fMRI, EEG, TMS, psychophysics, and experience in teaching at universities or schools are a plus.

The TU Dresden offers an excellent, interdisciplinary scientific environment. Research and teaching will be carried out at the Department of Psychology of the TU Dresden, which houses the Neuroimaging Centre ( The centre is equipped with a research-only 3-Tesla MRI machine, MRI-compatible eye tracking, EEG systems, and a neurostimulation unit including neuronavigaton, TMS and tDCS devices. All experimental facilities are supported by experienced physics and IT staff. For analyses with high computational demands, there is access to the TU Dresden high-performance computing clusters. 

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 2-3 references, a brief statement describing your personal qualifications and future research interests. Applications with the subject heading "BP17” should be sent until 20.10.2017 (stamped arrival date of the university central mail service applies) preferably via email in an electronically signed and encrypted form to or via post to TU Dresden, Fakultät Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften, Fachrichtung Psychologie, Institut für Allgemeine Psychologie, Biopsychologie und Methoden der Psychologie, Professur für Soziale und Klinische Neurowissenschaft, Frau Prof. Dr. Katharina von Kriegstein, 01062 Dresden. Please submit copies only, as your application will not be returned to you. Expenses incurred in attending interviews cannot be reimbursed.