Post-doctoral position (neuroscience/ fMRI/ experimental psychology) available in the Collaborative Research Centre: “Cardinal mechanisms of perception” (TRR/SFB 135) Marburg, Germany

Within the framework of the TRR/SFB 135 project “Predictive perception: multisensory consequences of one`s own actions” (PIs: Prof. Dr. T. Kircher and Prof. Dr. B. Straube), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Phillips-University Marburg, Germany is looking for a Postdoctoral fellow with a background in experimental psychology, fMRI and/or cognitive neurosciences.

The goal of the project is to investigate the effects of predictive mechanisms on multisensory consequences of one`s own actions. We study the perception and its neural correlates of continuous audio-visual feedback of hand actions and discrete action outcomes, individual differences in multisensory processing and recalibration processes. Our research tries to bridge the gap between multisensory processing, action-related predictive mechanisms and cross-modal adaptation to reveal the mechanisms underlying action monitoring in natural conditions.

Research for this position will involve:

  • Perception and Psychophysics: The effect of active versus passive movements of hands or fingers on perception of respective audio-visual feedbacks (applying delay detection tasks)
  • Neuroscience: assessment and analyses of functional MRI and EEG data
  • Programming (e.g., MATLAB, C++): to set up advanced multimodal experiments (e.g., online delay induction, multimodal synchronization). Programming skills are not a mandatory prerequisite for the position.

The Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Phillips-University Marburg (http://www.ukgm.de/ugm_2/deu/umr_psy/6611.html) provides a high-quality research infrastructure including a 3T research MRI scanner, IT equipment and technical personnel.

The project is part of the TRR/SFB 135 (http://www.sfb-perception.de) and further associated with the International Research Training Group (IRTG): ‘The Brain in Action’ (https://www.uni-marburg.de/en/irtg1901/irtg1901). These large research consortia on perception and action have brought together not only experts from Giessen and Marburg in Germany, but also from Queens, Western and York University in Canada. Since this project is a highly multidisciplinary, the candidate will work in close collaboration with scientists active in the field of psychology, psychophysics, neuroscience and medicine; all represented in the Center for Mind, Brain and Behavior (https://www.cmbb-fcmh.de/en).

Requirements:

Candidates should have a PhD in cognitive neurosciences, experimental psychology, neuroscience or equivalent, with experience in experimental design in contexts related to perception, action and/or sensory/cognitive processing.

Experience with fMRI analyses, statistical signal processing, statistical toolboxes, as well as experiments in the field of action and perception are an asset.

Application facts and rules:

The contract is funded by a German Research Foundation (DFG) grant from August 2019 until December 2021. The research activities will take place in Marburg, Germany. The working language of the institute is English and German. Salary is fixed by government standards depending on age, marital status etc.

Interested applicants should submit CV and a list of publications preferentially electronically as a PDF-Document.

Please send your application to the following email address: straubeb@staff.uni-marburg.de as soon as possible and before June, the 21th. Address: Prof. Dr. T. Kircher and Prof. Dr. B. Straube, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Marburg, Rudolf Bultmann Str. 8, D-35039 Marburg, Germany.

A list of all SFB/TRR 135 projects, including links to the P.I.’s web pages can be found at http://www.sfb-perception.de.

For the official announcement of the position please see: https://www.uni-marburg.de/de/universitaet/administration/verwaltung/dezernat2/personalabteilung/bewerber/stellen/wissenschaftliche-stellen/fb20-0110-wmz-210619-englisch.pdf


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