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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­si­tät Dres­den - Faculty of Psy­cho­logy, Insti­tute of Gene­ral Psy­cho­logy, Bio­psy­cho­logy and Methods of Psy­cho­logy, Chair of Cogni­tive and Cli­ni­cal Neu­ro­sci­ence

The TU Dres­den is one of ele­ven Ger­man uni­ver­si­ties that were iden­ti­fied as an “excel­lence uni­ver­sity”. TUD has about 36.500 stu­dents and almost 5319 employees, 507 pro­fes­sors among them, and, thus, is the lar­gest uni­ver­sity in Sax­ony, today.

Having been com­mit­ted to sci­en­ces and the engi­nee­ring before the reuni­fi­ca­tion of Ger­many, TU Dres­den now is a multi-disci­pline uni­ver­sity, also offe­ring huma­nities and social sci­en­ces as well as medi­cine.

Research Asso­ci­ate / PhD Stu­dent

The pos­i­tion is, sub­ject to resources being avail­able, avail­able at the next pos­sible date and entails 50 % of the full­time weekly hours. The pos­i­tion is 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 pos­i­tion offers the chance to obtain fur­ther aca­demic qual­i­fic­a­tion (e.g. PhD).

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

Work­ing field:

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 http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/199655_en.html).

Research is per­formed at the Neuroima­ging Centre at the TU Dresden (http://www.nic-tud.de). 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.

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.

What we of­fer:

PhD stu­dents will have the oppor­tu­nity to par­ti­ci­pate in the TU Dres­den gra­duate aca­demy (https://tu-dresden.de/ga?set_language=en). 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 (katharina.von_Kriegstein@tu-dresden.de).

How to ap­ply:

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 https://securemail.tu-dresden.de by sen­ding it as a sin­gle pdf docu­ment to julia.herdin@tu-dresden.de 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.

Refe­rence to data pro­tec­tion: Your data pro­tec­tion rights, the pur­pose for which your data will be pro­ces­sed, as well as fur­ther infor­ma­tion about data pro­tec­tion is avail­able to you on the web­site: https://tu-dresden.de/karriere/datenschutzhinweis