Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPICBS)

Expert in Statistics for Neuroscience

Max-Planck-Institut für Kognitions- und Neurowissenschaften

Leipzig, Germany

The Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany (MPI CBS) is offering a position as a

Expert in Statistics for Neuroscience

The successful candidate will work on:

  • Statistical analyses of data, application and creation of computational methods for integrative analyses and modeling of complex neural processes in high-dimensional and multi-modal data sets (e.g. including multiple imaging, behavioral and genetics data).
  • Developing and optimizing methods for advanced statistical analyses of neuroimaging data
  • Combination of statistics, computational theory and algorithms that are shareable across different brain data types and research applications
  • Facilitation and piloting of new methods of data sharing and analyses, with an emphasis on reproducible research
  • Analyzing large neural datasets, modeling complex neural systems, and applying cutting-edge machine learning tools, incl. deep neural networks will be particularly valuable
  • Analyses of complex (also non-linear) longitudinal change data (fMRI and behavioral)
  • Latent growth models (for behavioral time lines und event-sampling data)
  • Advanced statistical tools in the areas of Bayesian statistics, multi-variate statistics
  • Training and advice on statistical analyses of data for researchers at the institute; regular interactions with departments and research groups
  • Facilitating data analyses and data sharing across all departments and research groups
  • Development and hosting of statistical data analyses tools and software, including open source

The position is highly quantitative and highly interdisciplinary. Qualifications include primarily a strong research portfolio in applied mathematics, image processing, computational neuroscience, statistics for neuroscience, data science, psychology methods, computer science, or a related field. PhD in one of the relevant fields is necessary. Background in analyzing large neuroimaging datasets, modeling complex neural systems, and cutting-edge statistical methods. Strong software engineering skills, with proficiency in Matlab, Python, R, and Java as well as standard software engineering and analyses tools (e.g., git) and the ability to confer and consult directly with senior faculty research staff and students on technical topics is expected.

The position will be at MPI CBS in Leipzig, an internationally leading centre for cognitive and imaging neuroscience equipped with a 7.0 T MRI scanner, several 3.0 T MRI scanners, a Connectom ultra-high-field MRI scanner, a 306-channel MEG, several TMS laboratories, tDCS, and several EEG systems.

The position is funded for three years with the possibility of an extension. Remuneration based on the pay scale of the Max Planck Society. 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.

Application is via our online system at: (subject heading: “ESN 03/20”). The application deadline is 16 March 2020.
Applications must include the following documents (in a single PDF file):

  • Cover letter and a 1-page research statement
  • Curriculum vitae and list of publications
  • Contact details of two referees

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: ESN 03/20