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PhD on the experimental psychopathology of eating and weight disorders at the University of Salzburg, Austria

How do emotions modulate when and what we eat? What are the neurocognitive dimensions underlying eating and weight disorders? How could basic laboratory tasks inform the weight reduction interventions of the future?


These are some of the research questions we ask in our group. We approach these challenges with experimental, neurocognitive and ambulatory methods and in populations ranging from healthy to eating and weight disordered groups. We are funded by a starting grant of the European Research Council (NewEat: 639445). We use an excellent research infrastructure at Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience and the Department of Psychology, and have long standing collaborations with treatment centers focusing on eating disorders. Being a well-connected, dynamic work group, we hope to provide a vibrant and motivating scientific environment as well as good work-life balance. Salzburg is located at the rim of the Alps and offers a rich cultural life as well as plenty of outdoors recreational opportunities.

We now offer a fully funded PhD position, starting as early as possible. Candidates should have a background in Psychology or related disciplines and should be interested in eating behavior and eating disorders / weight disorders. Knowledge of - or interest in - the psychopathological dimensions that discriminate the various eating and weight disorders, or on chronic dieting and emotional eating is of relevance for this position. Methodological skills in one or several of the following methods are advantageous: EEG/ functional MRI, decision making, ecological momentary assessment and hierarchical linear modeling. While a good command of English is necessary, knowledge of German is optional. Annual salary is € 28’600 per year (part time, 30 h). Teaching is possible on an optional basis. We aim for an equal representation of female students so women are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send a motivation letter, CV, publication list, name of one reference person and one representative publication (if available) to jens.blechert@sbg.ac.at (in either English or German language). Informal enquiries can be made to the same email address. Application deadline is February, 28th.

Laboratory website: http://www.eat.sbg.ac.at/

Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience: https://ccns.sbg.ac.at/https://ccns.sbg.ac.at/

PhD on the experimental psychopathology of eating and weight disorders at the University of Salzburg, Austria

University of Salzburg

Veröffentlicht am 03.09.2018