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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­si­tät Dres­den - Faculty of Psy­cho­logy, Insti­tute of Cli­ni­cal Psy­cho­logy and Psy­cho­the­rapy, Chair of Addic­tion Rese­arch

The TU Dres­den is one of ele­ven Ger­man uni­ver­si­ties that were iden­ti­fied as an “excel­lence uni­ver­sity”. TUD has about 36.500 stu­dents and almost 5319 employees, 507 pro­fes­sors among them, and, thus, is the lar­gest uni­ver­sity in Sax­ony, today.

Having been com­mit­ted to sci­en­ces and the engi­nee­ring before the reuni­fi­ca­tion of Ger­many, TU Dres­den now is a multi-disci­pline uni­ver­sity, also offe­ring huma­nities and social sci­en­ces as well as medi­cine.

Rese­arch Asso­ciate / PhD Stu­dent

(Sub­ject to per­so­nal qua­li­fi­ca­tion employees are remu­ne­ra­ted accord­ing to salary group E 13 TV-L)
The posi­tion is star­ting at the next pos­si­ble date for 3 years. The period of employ­ment is gover­ned by Fixed Term Rese­arch Con­tracts Act (Wis­sen­schafts­zeit­ver­trags­ge­setz-WissZeitVG). The posi­tion ent­ails 65 % of the full­time wee­kly hours and offers the chance to obtain fur­ther aca­de­mic qua­li­fi­ca­tion (e.g. PhD).
The can­di­date will be enga­ged in and sub­stan­ti­ally con­tri­bute to the pro­ject “Regu­la­tion of Cra­ving: Stress-chal­lenge and re-expo­sure effects”, which is fun­ded by the Deut­sche For­schungs­ge­mein­schaft. Stress and cra­ving are important pre­dic­tors for rel­apse in pati­ents with sub­s­tance use dis­or­ders. The cur­rent pro­ject seeks to examine how stress and exe­cu­tive func­tions inter­act to influ­ence the abi­lity to regu­late cra­ving and com­pa­res dif­fe­rent stra­te­gies to modu­late cra­ving with respect to their mid to long-term effects in smo­kers. A range of neu­ro­bio­lo­gi­cal methods are employed, inclu­ding fMRI, EEG, and saliva sam­ples, and the can­di­date will receive trai­ning in their app­li­ca­tion and ana­ly­sis.
The can­di­date will become part of the young and aspi­ring team at the Chair of Addic­tion rese­arch hea­ded by Prof. Dr. Tanja End­rass. The gene­ral focus of this group is to examine neural cor­re­la­tes of etio­lo­gi­cal and main­tai­ning fac­tors in sub­s­tance use and addic­tive beha­vi­ors, par­ti­cu­larly cogni­tive con­trol, impul­si­vity, and com­pul­si­vity.

Work­ing field:

  • par­ti­ci­pant recruit­ment and run expe­ri­men­tal ses­si­ons
  • EEG and fMRI ana­ly­sis
  • pro­gramming (expe­ri­ments and ana­ly­sis rou­ti­nes; e.g. Mat­lab, Pre­sen­ta­tion, R)
  • pre­pare Eng­lish manu­scripts for publi­ca­tion
  • pre­sent results at sci­en­ti­fic con­fe­ren­ces


  • excel­lent/above-average uni­ver­sity degree (Diploma/Mas­ter) in psy­cho­logy, cogni­tive neu­ro­sci­ence, or rela­ted fields
  • a strong inte­rest in cogni­tive and/or cli­ni­cal neu­ro­sci­ence
  • back­ground in neu­ro­ima­ging and/or elec­tro­phy­sio­lo­gi­cal methods
  • sound sta­tis­ti­cal skills
  • flu­ent Eng­lish, good Ger­man (and/or wil­ling­ness and abi­lity to train)
App­li­cants who do not ful­fill these requi­re­ments are invi­ted to argue why they are qua­li­fied.

What we of­fer:

Terms and con­di­ti­ons
  • pre­fer­red star­ting date is June 2019 but later star­ting dates may be pos­si­ble.
  • fully fun­ded rese­arch pro­ject inclu­ding resour­ces for stu­dent assi­stants, lab equip­ment, and con­fe­rence tra­vel
  • oppor­tu­nity to obtain a doc­to­ral degree in sci­en­ces
  • oppor­tu­nity to con­tri­bute to the lab’s rese­arch agenda
  • excel­lent super­vi­sion

How to ap­ply:

App­li­ca­ti­ons from women are par­ti­cu­larly wel­come. The same app­lies to people with disa­bi­li­ties.
Ques­ti­ons regar­ding the pro­ject and posi­tion as well as app­li­ca­ti­ons should be addres­sed to Tanja End­rass (
App­li­ca­ti­ons should include a mea­ning­ful, 1-page let­ter regar­ding moti­va­tion and inte­rests, a CV, cer­ti­fi­ca­tes, and con­tacts of two poten­tial refe­rees. Please send your app­li­ca­tion elec­tro­ni­cally as a sin­gle pdf-docu­ment to via the TU Dres­den Secu­re­Mail Por­tal or by mail to: TU Dres­den, Fakul­taet Psy­cho­lo­gie, Insti­tut fuer Kli­ni­sche Psy­cho­lo­gie und Psy­cho­the­ra­pie, Pro­fes­sur fuer Sucht­for­schung, Frau Prof. Dr. Tanja End­rass, Helm­holtz­str. 10, 01069 Dres­den. The dead­line for app­li­ca­tion is 29 March 2019 (stam­ped arri­val date of the uni­ver­sity cen­tral mail ser­vice app­lies). Please sub­mit copies only, as your app­li­ca­tion will not be retur­ned to you. Expen­ses incur­red in atten­ding inter­views can­not be reim­bur­sed.

Refe­rence to data pro­tec­tion: Your data pro­tec­tion rights, the pur­pose for which your data will be pro­ces­sed, as well as fur­ther infor­ma­tion about data pro­tec­tion is avail­able to you on the web­site: https: //tu-dres­­riere/daten­schutz­hin­weis