In order to advance research on addiction and substance abuse, the German Research Foundation is funding a Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) that encompasses the TU Dresden, Charité Berlin, and CIMH Mannheim. The CRC TRR 265 ""Losing and Regaining Control over Drug Intake: From Trajectories to Mechanisms to Interventions"" aims at identifying the trajectories of losing and regaining control over drug consumption, studying the underlying cognitive and neurobiological mechanisms, and providing mechanism-based interventions. The CRC and TU Dresden provide an outstanding scientific infrastructure and an ideal environment for interdisciplinary collaboration. For computational work, the group has access to the TU Dresden high-performance computing clusters. Experiments will be performed at the Neuroimaging Centre (https://nic-tud.de). The Neuroimaging Centre is equipped with a research-only 3T Siemens MRI scanner, MRI-compatible EEG and eye tracking, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) units. All experimental facilities are supported by experienced physics and IT staff.
For this project, the Systems Neuroscience Lab at the Department of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine invites applications for a
PhD Student (f/m/x)
This part-time position is based on a fixed-term contract ending June 30th, 2023.
The candidate will work in the project ""Cue effects in human addiction: Pavlovian to instrumental transfer (PIT)"", a collaboration between the Systems Neuroscience Lab (Prof. Michael Smolka) (https://tu-dresden.de/bereichsuebergreifendes/nic/research/grps_med/sesyn) and the Division of Addiction Research (Prof. Andreas Heinz) (https://psychiatrie-psychotherapie.charite.de/en/research/addiction/) at the Charité. The project aims to investigate how sensitivity to the conflict between Pavlovian and instrumental control during PIT is related to interference control at the stimulus and the response level, as well as to response inhibition. These questions will be experimentally tested in behavioural and fMRI experiments. The position is ideal to work as a cognitive neuroscientist in an interdisciplinary group of researchers, and an excellent opportunity to work together with some of the leading addiction researchers in Germany.
• Taking responsibility for the above project
• Preparing and conducting behavioural and imaging (fMRI) experiments
• Analysing behavioural and fMRI data
• Attending regular CRC meetings for cross-disciplinary exchange of research findings
• Preparing manuscripts and presenting results at conferences
• University degree (master or diploma) in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, computational neuroscience, or related disciplines
• Experience in conducting and analysing behavioural data
• Pre-existing experience in fMRI would be a plus
• Basic Programming skills in Matlab, R or Python
• Sufficient language skills to interact with local participants in German and the global scientific community in English (excellent language skills are a plus)
• Keen interest in experimental approaches to study complex human behaviour
We offer you:
• Working in a highly interdisciplinary team that will support you
• A postition according to the TV-L conditions (E13; 65%)
• Being part of the structured PhD graduate program of the CRC and its scientific activities
• Arranging for flexible working hours to find a balance between work and family life
Disabled people are explicitly encouraged to apply.
We kindly ask you to apply preferably via our online form to make the selection process faster and more effective. Written applications will of course also be equally considered.
We look forward to receiving your complete application (one PDF-document including a cover letter with a brief summary of research interests, full CV, and two references) until July 15th, 2019, online with Registration number PSY0919663. For further Information please contact: Prof. Michael Smolka (firstname.lastname@example.org).