PhD Position in the Music Department

fully funded

The Max-Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics (MPIEA) in Frankfurt/M., Germany, investigates the cognitive, affective, neuronal and sociocultural foundations of aesthetic experience.

The Institute is offering a

fully funded PhD Position

in the Department of Music.

Together with collaborating partners from various international universities, the MPIEA pursues the highly innovative research project “Experimental concert research”, funded to a large extent by the Volkswagen foundation.

The PhD student will be part of the MPIEA-based team and work on projects in the field of experimental concert research, primarily aimed at developing tools for the investigation of aesthetic experiences as reflected in psychophysiological measures. Behavioral measures may also be used as needed.



  • excellent Master in Psychology/Cognitive Sciences, (Empirical) Musicology or similar fields
  • experience with empirical research methods, esp. psycho-physiological measurement
  • interest in music and the format of the classical concert  
  • explicit interest in, and high motivation for, scientific research
  • excellent command of English (also written) and German

The position is for a period of three years, with a possible extension of up to one year. The anticipated starting date is January 2019.
Salaries are determined pursuant to the salary scale TVÖD 13 (Bund)*. The PhD position is filled with 50% of a regular contract, on top of that a 25% revocable recruitment bonus.

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 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.

Interviews are scheduled for December 18 or 19, 2018.

Please submit your application (cover letter expressing your motivation, CV, certificates) in pdf format by December 15, 2018 to:

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

*Collective Wage Agreement for the Federal Civil Service