University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden, TU Dresden

Postdoctoral Fellow (f/m/x)

Universitätsklinikum Carl Gustav Carus Dresden

Dresden, Germany

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 and most other work activities will take place at the “Cognitive Neurophysiology Lab” ( Prof. Christian Beste. The group is fully equipped with three 60-channel EEG/ transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) labs, including neuronavigation. All labs are also equipped with eye-tracking devices. Moreover, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (tVNS) facilities are available on site. All of these experimental facilities are supported by experienced staff.

For this project, the “Cognitive Neurophysiology Lab” at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy in the Faculty of Medicine invites applications for a

Postdoctoral Fellow (f/m/x)

This full-time position is based on a fixed-term contract ending June 30th, 2023.

The candidate will work in the project ‘Addiction-related changes in automatic S-R associations and their effects on cognitive control’, which is supervised by Prof. Christian Beste and Dr. Ann-Kathrin Stock. The aim of this project is to elucidate neural processes that determine dysfunctions in executive cognitive control capacities as well as increased automatized stimulus-response (S-R) associations, which conjointly characterize and drive addictive behaviour. The position is ideal for candidates with a strong background in cognitive neuroscience and an interest in interdisciplinary research.

Your tasks:
• Preparing and conducting behavioural, EEG, neuronavigated TMS-EEG Experiments
• Analysing the data
• Using and implementing complex cutting-edge data analysis methods, supported by an experienced group of colleagues
• Attending regular CRC meetings for cross-disciplinary exchange of research findings
• Preparing manuscripts for publication and presenting results at conferences

Your profile:
• Doctoral degree in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, or related disciplines
• Strong background in conducting EEG or TMS experiments as well as analysing behavioural and EEG/TMS data, including knowledge of common software packages (e.g. Fieldtrip, Brain Vision Analyzer, Brain Voyager, Presentation, Psych-Toolbox)
• Good coding skills in Matlab or Python
• Keen interest in experimental approaches to study complex human behaviour

We offer you:
• Being part of the CRC and its scientific activities
• A Position according to the TV-L conditions (E 13; 100%)
• Working in a highly interdisciplinary team with leading addiction researchers and computational neuroscientists
• 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 KJP0919666. For further Information please contact: Prof. Christian Beste (

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: KJP0919666