PhD Position in Max Planck Research Group

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

The Institute currently offers a

PhD Position

in the Max Planck Research Group “Neural and Environmental Rhythms” (PI: Molly J. Henry).

This position is part of a research project funded by the European Research Council (BRAINSYNC).

The PhD student will work on projects seeking to understand how our experience of the auditory world (speech, music, etc.) arises from the interaction between neural rhythms and the rhythms of sounds. The projects will make use of psychophysics, magneto- and/or electroencephalography (M/EEG), and/or noninvasive brain stimulation.

The successful applicant holds an M.A. in a relevant discipline, e.g., psychology, hearing science, neuroscience, physiology, engineering, computer science, etc. and possesses the following skills and experience:

  • Substantial knowledge regarding statistics/experimental methods
  • Excellent quantitative and computer skills, e.g. skills in, or willingness to learn, programming in Matlab or Python, for instance)
  • Critical thinking and eagerness to learn new techniques, tools and methods
  • Excellent spoken and written English and scientific communication skills

The position is for a period of three years, with a one-year extension possible. Starting date is flexible. Salaries are determined following the salary scale E 13 (German TVÖD/Bund*). PhD positions typically are 50% positions with a 25% revocable recruitment bonus on top.

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. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Please submit a detailed CV, a summary of research interests and experience, two writing samples, and names of two references, including the PhD advisor, as a single pdf, no later than January 15, 2019 to:

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

*Collective Wage Agreement for the Federal Civil Service