The DonnerLab aims to fill several postdoc & PhD positions in Computational Cognitive Neuroscience.

The planned projects are in computational cognitive neuroscience, with links to psychiatry. The positions are funded for a full duration between two and five years. They can start any time from March 2020 to the first half of 2021. Applications will be reviewed until all positions are filled.

The lab combines pharmacological intervention, psychophysics, eye-tracking, and neuroimaging (MEG and fMRI) in human subjects with computational modeling and advanced data analysis. Ongoing work focuses on (i) decision-related cortical feedback signals and biases in perception and cognition (including confirmation biases); (ii) the impact of cortical excitation-inhibition balance on inference and decision-making; and (iii) the shaping of the latter by neuromodulatory systems (including stress). These topics are studied in the healthy brain and in neuropsychiatric disorders. The lab maintains several collaborations with leading theoretical, cellular, and clinical neuroscientists. The UKE provides an excellent infrastructure for state-of-the-art cognitive neuroscience, including multiple neuroimaging facilities (e.g., research-only MEG and MRI scanners, EEG and TMS systems), and a streamlined procedure for pharmacological intervention studies in healthy human subjects.

The new lab members will join existing teams with extensive expertise in the above techniques and topics. In addition to running new experiments, there is an option to engage in (i) data analysis / modeling projects on an already existing pool of pharmacological MEG data sets targeting distinct neurotransmitter systems, and (ii) ongoing collaborations on brain disorders and in-vivo neurophysiology (including calcium imaging and opto/-chemogenetics) within the Collaborative Research Center 936

We seek applications from qualified individuals from all demographics, genders, and backgrounds. The lab is committed to diversity and is highly international – present members and alumni originate from nine different countries and four continents (USA, Colombia, Ireland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Greece, India). The lab, as well as the Collaborative Research Center 936, operate in English. 

Hamburg is a vibrant, international, family-friendly, and green city. It hosts one of the world’s largest harbors, an internationally acclaimed concert hall, a large lake, and dozens of canals, lots of beautiful parks, and many other nice places for leisure time. 

Postdoc candidates should have or expect a Ph.D. in neuroscience or related discipline (e.g., psychology, computer science, biophysics). Experience in psychophysics, behavioral/neural modeling, MEG/fMRI, in vivo neurophysiology, and/or advanced data analysis, is a plus. Yet, the main criteria are a commitment to scientific excellence and to understand the mechanisms of cognitive behavior.

Applications should include a motivation letter, a CV, copies of university degrees and courses (including obtained grades), and the names and e-mail addresses of two scientists, who can provide references (do not include reference letters). Applications for postdoc positions should also include a publication list with manuscripts / thesis chapters under review or in preparation, and conference abstracts, plus a brief (2-3 sentences) synopsis of all lead-author papers; copies of key papers and preprints are welcome. 

Please send your application materials as PDF (ideally in one file) to:

Further information on, and publications from the lab, can be found here:

Prof. Dr. Tobias H. Donner 
Professor of Integrative Neuroscience
University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

Several Vacant Postdoc & PhD Positions!

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