Postdoctoral Research Associate in Biological Psychology

University of Münster Department of Biological Psychology

The Department of Biological Psychology (Institute of Psychology) at the University of Münster (WWU), Germany, is looking for a

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in
(salary level TV-L E13, 100%)

in the field of Cognitive Neuroscience.

The duration of this full-time position is three years, with the possibility of an extension.

You are invited to join a collaborative research team working on predictive mechanisms in the human brain and behaviour. We are interested in the classification of different types of surprise, predictions, the statistical and declarative knowledge that supports predictions, and the adaptation and learning processes triggered by prediction errors. We use neuroimaging (fMRI) and electrophysiological (EEG, SCR) techniques on healthy subjects and impaired populations (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, stroke, schizophrenia, Asperger autism). The research group has an EEG laboratory with a shielded booth and systems for acquisition of heartbeat and skin conductance data, behavioural laboratories, a laboratory with neuro-navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and controlled access to a 3T research MRI scanner (Magnetom Prisma, Siemens). A 3D video data acquisition system for analysing body and eye movements of group of individuals is currently under construction. We maintain several active collaborations with neurological and psychiatric departments.

Your tasks:

You will develop and conduct your own research project in line with the methodology and research focus of the group. At the moment, we want to advance two topics in particular: the prediction horizon and the cost-benefit functions of prediction. We value your active involvement in the research projects of our doctoral students, supporting and advancing them through scientific exchange and sharing of methodological expertise. As a full-time employee, you will be required to teach four hours per week during the semester.

Our expectations:

Applicants should hold a graduate degree and a completed PhD in neuroscience/psychology/biology or related fields, have already demonstrated a strong motivation for cognitive neuroscience and/or computational neuroscience, and a promising publication list. We are particularly looking for candidates who have advanced skill using fMRI or EEG and a profound knowledge of statistics and programming. Experience with eye tracking and/or SCR would also be a plus.

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities.

The University of Münster is committed to employing more staff with disabilities. Candidates with recognized severe disabilities who have equivalent qualifications are given preference in hiring decisions.

Positions can generally be filled as part-time positions if there are no compelling work-related reasons against doing so.

To apply, send your CV, a brief description of research interests, list of publications, and the names of two potential references to Ricarda Schubotz,

Applications will be considered until 1 June 2022.