Research position (PhD) (f/m)

posted Sep 4, 2018, 2:55 AM by Stefan Ehrlich

The Division of Psychological and Social Medicine and Developmental Neurosciences invites applications for a 


Research position (PhD) (f/m)


within the Translational Developmental Neuroscience Section with a focus on the biological mechanisms that promote the development and maintenance of anorexia nervosa as assessed by means of neuroimaging techniques (MRT) and other neurobiological as well as neuropsychological data.


The focus of this research project is on neuroimaging techniques and neurobiological as well as experimental psychology methods and will be carried out in close collaboration with the the Collaborative Research Centre 940 "Volition and Cognitive Control: Mechanisms, Modulators, and Dysfunctions" ( and the Departments of Psychology, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as Neuroradiology.  

The successful applicant will work in a team of young investigators and clinicians who have been conducting various neuroscience projects within the fields of autism, eating disorders and schizophrenia since 2010. He/she will conduct a a subproject within a larger study dedicated to structural and functional brain changes in patients with eating disorders. The project includes the acquisition and analysis of clinical, neuropsychological, endocrine and MRI data as well as writing up and publishing the results. You will also start to supervise interns and medical students working in the project. In addition, the position offers the possibility for further scientific qualification (PhD title) and gaining methodological expertise. For further information please refer to and



  • Master or Diploma degree in Psychology or Clinical Neurosciences; if you have additional qualifications a degree in Biology, Biomedicine, Medicine, Biophysics, Computer Science or Electrical Engineering may also be sufficient

  • previous experience in research activities within the past years (e.g. publications as first or co-author)

  • previous exposure to cognitive and emotional neurosciences and experience in the analysis of imaging data (e.g. FSL, SPM, FreeSurfer), in computational modeling as well as basic knowledge of computer programming (e.g. Linux/Unix shell scripting, Python or MATLAB) are of advantage but not a precondition

  • very good command of German in order to communicate with non-scientific staff members and patients

  • very good command of English

  • strong organizational skills


    Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply you can use our online portal ( The application should include a cover letter detailing professional objectives and interests, CV (with grades and language skills), and the names and email addresses of two references. The application can be written in German or English.


    The position is open to qualified international applicants but a good knowledge of German is necessary since the position includes the coordination of an ongoing clinical study. Applicants with a disability will be given preference in the selection process.


    We look forward to receiving your application until September 15 2018, online. For further information please contact Prof. Stefan Ehrlich - Tel.: +49-351-458-5214 or by email (