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Postdoc position on neuroimaging of decision-making

Post-doc position (100% fte, TVL-E13) at the Institute of Experimental Psychology, Comparative Psychology, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany

Applications are invited for a 2-year post-doc position in the Comparative Psychology research group headed by Tobias Kalenscher. In this project, we will investigate the neural signatures of self-control, social decision making and/or economic rationality using fMRI (Crockett et al., Neuron, 2013; Strombach et al., PNAS, 2015; Sellitto et al., NeuroImage, in press) under the supervision of Tobias Kalenscher. The position is available from October 2021.

The Comparative Psychology group at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf investigates economic and social decision making in animals and humans. Combining animal research and human neuroimaging techniques with conceptual tools borrowed from psychology, economics, and biology, we employ a truly multidisciplinary, comparative approach to understand the behavioral and neural basis of decision making. fMRI scanning facilities for research are available on campus. The Comparative Psychology group is part of the Institute of Experimental Psychology – a young and dynamic research department with a focus on social, cognitive and biological psychology.

We are looking for a candidate with the following profile:

  • PhD degree in neuroscience, psychology or related fields, with a scientific background in decision-making research
  • Strong interest in decision neuroscience is essential
  • Experience in fMRI and behavioral analysis, demonstrated by pertinent publications

We expect:

  • Aptitude to work independently; the candidate is expected to take a lead role in the human neuroimaging section in the Comparative Psychology group
  • The ability to work in a team comprised of human and animal researchers, and the capacity to advise students are a must
  • There is a teaching load of 4 hours per week during the spring and fall terms (in English or German)
  • An excellent command of English, and a moderate command of German, or the willingness to learn German
  • The applicant is expected to apply for own personal funding towards the end of the 2-year period

We offer:

  • Being part of a great, international and interdisciplinary team in a high-quality research environment
  • State of the art research facilities
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration opportunities world-wide
  • Room for academic development and personal growth
  • Perhaps most importantly: we give you the space to develop and follow your own research ideas within the wider decision-making field

Applications should include a short motivation letter, a CV, a brief statement of research experience and interests, academic achievements and names of at least 2 referees. Please send your application electronically as a single pdf file to Tobias Kalenscher (). Application deadline is June 15, 2021. Interviews will be held virtually using Cisco WebEx in July.

Applications from women are expressly welcome. Women of equal aptitude, ability and professional competence will receive particular consideration, unless there are compelling reasons for choosing another applicant. Heinrich Heine University lives the principle „excellence through diversity“. HHU has signed the „Charta der Vielfalt (diversity)“ and successfully participated in the audit „Shaping Diversity“ of the Stifterverband. HHU is certified as family-friendly and aims to promote its employees’ diversity. Applications from suitably qualified severely disabled persons or disabled persons are encouraged.

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