Research Associate / PhD student - Department of Psychology

Dresden (DE)
02 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
01 Nov 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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 two positions as

Research Associates / PhD students
(Subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to salary group E 13 TV-L)

with 50 % of the fulltime weekly hours. The positions are available at the next possible date and initially limited to 3 years. 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 positions aim at obtaining further academic qualification (i.e. PhD).
The main research goal of the two positions is to investigate behavioural and neuroscience principles of voice and face perception in neurotypical populations as well as in populations with developmental person identity recognition deficits (i.e. phonagnosia and prosopagnosia). The positions are 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 projects involve planning and conducting neuroscientific experiments, data analysis, and presenting and publishing scientific results. One of the positions is planned to work on projects related to a comprehensive neuroimaging and behavioural study on developmental prosopagnosics. For the other position, there is flexibility on the exact nature of the projects in terms of methods and specific topic, but a strong interest in mechanisms of voice-identity, face-identity, and speech recognition would be ideal. For examples of our work on these topics see von Kriegstein et al., 2008 PNAS; von Kriegstein et al., 2010 J of Neuroscience; Roswandowitz et al., 2014 Current Biology. Teaching duties for each of the positions according to DAVOHS. Teaching can be done in German or in English. 

Requirements: university degree in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, medicine or related fields; enthusiasm for the field of human communication; strong interest in neuroscience and neuroscience methods. Experience with experimental methods of cognitive neuroscience, such as DWI, EEG, psychophysics, programming, fMRI, TMS, and high level of statistical skills 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. There are also strong existing collaborations with the MPI-CBS in Leipzig involving 7Tesla-MRI, Connectome scanner, and MEG data acquisitions.
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 "PHD17” should be sent until 01.11.2017 (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 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.

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