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The Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences Leipzig and the Collaborative Research Centre “Obesity Mechanisms” at the University Clinic Leipzig are offering a 3 year PhD studentship in the field of computational modelling in cognitive neuroscience under the supervision of Dr Jane Neumann.

The project investigates decision-making, feedback-related learning, and cognitive control mechanisms and their alterations in the context of obesity in humans. Work is expected to combine computational modelling with structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and behavioral assessment.

Research will be conducted at the MPI in Leipzig, an internationally leading centre for cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging. The institute offers a multidisciplinary and international environment with excellent research facilities and infrastructure including a 7T and several 3T MRI scanners.

Applicants should hold a Master's degree in one of the following disciplines: computational or cognitive neuroscience, computer science, mathematics, physics, cognitive science or related. Prior experience in the fields of computational neuroscience and/or neuroimaging are of advantage. Sound knowledge of statistics and excellent programming skills are essential. A good command of written and spoken English is requested of all applicants.

Please send your application as a single pdf-file to referring to "SFB 1052, modelling". Complete applications include a cover letter, CV, 2 letters of recommendation, and copies of university degrees and additional certificates.

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Jane Neumann ( (+49 (0) 341 99 40 26 21).

Salary is based on the German E 13 TV-L salary scale. In order to increase the proportion of female staff members, applications from female scientists are particularly encouraged. Disabled applicants are preferred if qualification is equal.

Deadline for application: until position is filled