Research Group Leader (W2 tenure)

Neuroscience - speech and music intersection

The Max-Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics (MPIEA) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, investigates the attentional, cognitive and affective mechanisms of aesthetic perception and evaluation.

The Institute would like to fill the following position

Research Group Leader m/f/d
W2 tenure


in the field of Neuroscience with a specialization on the intersection of Speech and Music.

We are looking for a person with an excellent publication record willing to actively contribute to the research pursued at the MPIEA by adding a comparative perspective on similarities and differences in the processing of speech and music.

Research topics should include prosody in language and music, music action and perception, and language and music communication. An expertise in both functional and structural imaging and electrophysiology methods is expected. Experience with a variety of participant groups (i.e. healthy participants, professional musicians, patients, different age groups, other ethnicities) is desired.

Given the broad interdisciplinary nature of the MPIEA, we would appreciate evidence for former interdisciplinary and international projects and publications.

The position will include leadership of a small team. Therefore, information regarding successful supervision of students and team leadership skills should be provided.

Applicants should hold an advanced degree in neuroscience or another closely related field and have a record of independent research at the Postdoc level. The position of a Research Group Leader is equivalent to an Assistant/Associate Professor position (German salary level W2) and includes an independent budget for personnel, running costs, and investments, office space, and use of the research infrastructure of the institute. The starting date is negotiable.

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. The MPG also strives for gender and diversity equality. Therefore, applicants of all genders are welcome.

We offer extensive support to help employees balance professional and home life, including assistance with childcare and support of the elderly, and flexibility in how employees arrange working hours. For details, see


Please submit your application including a cover letter explaining why you would like to join the MPI for Empirical Aesthetics, a detailed CV, a list of publications, certificates of university degrees and doctoral promotion, copies of three relevant publications, a one-page summary of scientific achievements, two letters of recommendation, and a research plan by November 15, 2019 to: :

Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik                                           
Personalstelle, Grüneburgweg 14, 60322 Frankfurt am Main