PhD Postion Neuroscience Department

The Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, Germany, investigates the cognitive, affective, neuronal, and sociocultural foundations of aesthetic experience.

The institute currently offers a

PhD Position

in the Department of Neuroscience (David Poeppel, Director).

The PhD student will work on projects seeking to understand the neural basis of auditory cognition and speech processing, with a primary focus on timing and rhythmic processing (including speech, poetry, music), using behavioral measures, MEG or EEG. Other methods may also be used as needed.

The ideal applicant for this position holds an MA, has an excellent record in her/his respective discipline, and possesses the following skills and experience:

  • Excellent scientific communication (including writing)
  • Programming ability (signal processing or classification or neural networks or dynamical systems or model fitting etc. etc.)
  • Confidence to work with Matlab and, ideally, other programming languages (e.g. Python) to implement processing pipelines and perform complex analyses
  • Familiarity with MEG/EEG analyses desirable
  • Good knowldegde in statistics
  • Image and/or sound processing using Matlab and other programs
  • Teamwork capabilities in a newly established research team
  • Excellent English, spoken and written

The position is for a period of three years, with a possible extension of up to one year. The anticipated starting date is summer 2018. The primary supervisor will be Dr. J. Rimmele. Salaries are determined following the salary scale E 13 according to the TVÖD (Bund)*.
The PhD position is filled with 50% of a regular contract, with an additional 25% revocable recruitment bonus.

The Max Planck Society is committed to hiring more disabled persons. We encourage applications from disabled persons. The Max Planck Society would like to increase the proportion of women in those fields in which they are underrepresented. Women are therefore expressly encouraged to apply.

Applications (including CV, a letter of intent, and two reading samples) and two letters of recommendation should be submitted - preferably in pdf-format - by May 15, 2018 to: (Please note: only mails addressed to this mail account will be considered or answered)

Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik
Grüneburgweg 14, 60322 Frankfurt, Germany

*Collective Wage Agreement for the Federal Civil Service