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PhD student position in Neuroscience of Pain Perception

PhD student position in Neuroscience of Pain Perception

PhD student position in Neuroscience of Pain Perception

Applications are invited for a PhD student position in the ‘Pain Perception’ group headed by Dr Falk Eippert at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI-CBS) in Leipzig, Germany. The aim of this research project is to understand how the multifaceted experience of pain is constructed from the interaction of external noxious input and internal expectations and predictions about pain. This work will involve the use of high-resolution fMRI (as well as EEG and MEG) in combination with computational models of learning and perception at all levels of the central nervous system, with a special focus on the spinal cord. The position is funded by the Max Planck Society and the European Research Council.

MPI CBS is a world-leading centre for cognitive and imaging neuroscience, whose departments work on a wide range of themes (e.g. MR physics development, clinical applications, higher-level cognition), resulting in an outstanding and stimulating research environment. It hosts an excellent research infrastructure, which comprises a 7T MRI scanner, several 3T MRI scanners, a 306-channel MEG system, various facilities for the acquisition of EEG / eye-tracking / psychophysiological data, and the opportunity for non-invasive brain stimulation with TMS and tDCS. All facilities are supported by experienced IT specialists and physicists. In addition to this unique infrastructure, our Institute offers a friendly and international atmosphere with a large community of researchers from diverse backgrounds.

Applicants must have an MSc (or equivalent degree) in neuroscience, psychology, cognitive science or a related discipline (biology, physics, computer science, engineering etc). They should be able to demonstrate that they are thorough, efficient, a good communicator and enjoy working both independently and as part of a dynamic team. The ideal candidate will already have conducted psychophysical and/or neuroimaging experiments. Programming skills (e.g. in Matlab, R, Python) and/or previous experience in the analysis of neuroimaging data are desirable but not essential.

The starting date for the position is flexible (ideally be between June and November 2018) and the duration of the post is 3 years. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in the International Max Planck Research School NeuroCom (https://imprs-neurocom.mpg.de/home).

Remuneration is based on the pay scale of the Max Planck Society. The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

To apply, please submit a cover letter stating personal qualifications, a curriculum vitae, contact information for two referees, copies of your academic certificates, and a brief statement describing your research experience and your motivation to apply for this position (1 page). Please submit your application via our online system at http://www.cbs.mpg.de/vacancies (using subject heading “PHD 26/17”).

Closing date for applications is 20.01.2018.

For further information regarding this post, please contact Dr Falk Eippert (eippert@cbs.mpg.de) or visit the group’s website (https://www.cbs.mpg.de/independent-research-groups/pain-perception) to learn more about our research.

PhD student position in Neuroscience of Pain Perception

Max-Planck-Institut für Kognitions- und Neurowissenschaften
Vollzeit, Befristete Festanstellung

Veröffentlicht am 23.02.2018