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Postdoctoral position in Neuroscience of Pain Perception

Postdoctoral position in Neuroscience of Pain Perception

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research 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 a PhD (or equivalent degree) in neuroscience, psychology, cognitive science or a related discipline (biology, physics, computer science, engineering, etc.) and an outstanding academic track record, as also evidenced by publications. They are expected to demonstrate that they possess a high degree of initiative and motivation, are able to work both independently and in a collaborative environment and have excellent interpersonal and organisational skills. The ideal candidate will be proficient in all aspects of conducting neuroimaging experiments and will have a solid foundation in data analysis and programming (e.g. in Matlab, R, Python). A distinct advantage would be expertise in computational modelling, machine learning or the analysis of neural oscillations.

The starting date for the position is flexible (ideally between June and November 2018) and the duration of the post is 2 years, with a possible extension for up to three years.

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, a brief statement describing your research experience, your academic achievements and your motivation to apply for this position (1 page), and copies of up to three of your publications. Please submit your application via our online system at (using subject heading “PD 27/17”).

Closing date for applications is 20.01.2018.

For further information regarding this post, please contact Dr Falk Eippert ( or visit the group’s website ( to learn more about our research.

Postdoctoral position in Neuroscience of Pain Perception

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

Veröffentlicht am 23.02.2018