PhD Position in the 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.

The Ph.D. student will work on projects seeking to understand the roots of aesthetic preferences with a focus on music and the cognitive mechanisms behind auditory sequence processing, using behavioral and psychophysical measures, signal processing, and EEG. Other methods may also be used as necessary.
The primary supervisor will be Pauline Larrouy-Maestri.

Required skills and experience:

  • Deep interest in acoustics and music processing
  • Programming skills (e.g., Matlab, R, python) to implement processing pipelines and perform complex analyses
  • Substantial knowledge regarding statistics/experimental methods
  • Familiarity with neuroscientific methods is an advantage
  • Musical experience is a plus
  • Teamwork capabilities in a newly established research team
  • 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 (possible extension of up to one year) with an anticipated starting date in autumn 2018. Salaries are determined following the salary scale E 13 according to the TVÖD (Bund)*. The Ph.D. 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. So we encourage applications from such qualified individuals. The Max Planck Society would also like to increase the proportion of women in those fields in which they are underrepresented. Women are therefore expressly encouraged to apply.

Please submit your application including CV, a letter of intent, and two reading samples as well as two letters of recommendation - preferably in pdf-format - by October 7, 2018 to:

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

*Collective Wage Agreement for the Federal Civil Service