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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­si­tät Dres­den - Faculty of Psy­cho­logy, Insti­tute of Edu­ca­tio­nal and Deve­lop­men­tal Psy­cho­logy, Chair of Life­span Deve­lop­men­tal Neu­ro­sci­ence

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 / Post­doc (m/f/x)

English

(sub­ject to per­sonal qual­i­fic­a­tion employ­ees are remu­ner­ated accord­ing to salary group E 13 TV-L)

Working field:

The pro­ject pos­i­tion is start­ing as soon as pos­sible. The pos­i­tion is lim­ited for 4 years, with a pos­sib­il­ity of exten­sion sub­ject to the avail­ab­il­ity of resources. The period of employ­ment is gov­erned by § 2 (2) Fixed Term Research Con­tracts Act (Wis­senschaft­szeitver­trags­ge­setz - Wis­sZeitVG).
The Chair of Lifespan Devel­op­mental Neur­os­cience invest­ig­ates neuro­cog­nit­ive mech­an­isms under­ly­ing per­cep­tual, cog­nit­ive, and motiv­a­tional devel­op­ment across the lifespan. The main themes of our research are neur­o­func­tional mech­an­isms under­ly­ing lifespan devel­op­ment of epis­odic and spa­tial memory, cog­nit­ive con­trol, reward pro­cessing, decision mak­ing, per­cep­tion and action. We also pur­sue applied research to study effects of beha­vi­oral inter­ven­tion, non-invas­ive brain stim­u­la­tion, or digital tech­no­lo­gies in enhan­cing func­tional plas­ti­city for indi­vidu­als of dif­fer­ence ages. We util­ize a broad range of neuro­cog­nit­ive (e.g., EEG, fNIRs, fMRI, tDCS) and com­pu­ta­tional meth­ods. Our lab has sev­eral test­ing rooms and is equipped with mul­tiple EEG (64-chan­nel and 32-chan­nel) and fNIRs sys­tems, as well as eye-track­ing and vir­tual-real­ity devices. The MRI scan­ner (3T) and TMS-device can be accessed through the uni­versity’s NeuroIma­ging Cen­ter. TU Dresden is a uni­versity of excel­lence sup­por­ted by the DFG, which offers out­stand­ing research oppor­tun­it­ies. Research­ers in this chair are involved in large research con­sor­tium and cluster, such as the DFG SFB 940 „Voli­tion and Cog­nit­ive Con­trol“ and DFG EXC 2050 „Tact­ile Inter­net with Human-in-the-Loop“.
The here announced pos­i­tion is embed­ded in a newly estab­lished research group fun­ded by the DFG (FOR5429), with a focus on mod­u­lat­ing brain net­works for memory and learn­ing by using focal­ized tran­s­cra­nial elec­trical stim­u­la­tion (tES). The sub­pro­ject with which this pos­i­tion is asso­ci­ated will study effects of focal­ized tES on value-based sequen­tial learn­ing at the beha­vi­oral and brain levels in adults. Within the research group we closely col­lab­or­ate with the pro­ject sites at Cen­ter for Cog­nit­ive Neur­os­cience of the Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin (Free Uni­versity of Ber­lin) and the Depart­ment of Neur­o­logy at the Uni­versity Medi­cine Gre­if­swald and other part­ner insti­tu­tions. The data col­lec­tion for this sub­pro­ject will mainly be car­ried out at the Ber­lin site.

Tasks:
Con­duct pro­ject-related research (data col­lec­tion and ana­lyses); develop own research ideas in the areas of value-based learn­ing and neuro­cog­nit­ive aging; pub­lish­ing sci­entific art­icles.

Requirements:

Uni­versity and PhD degree (e.g. Dr. rer. nat. or PhD) in Psy­cho­logy, Neur­os­cience or related fields; exper­i­ences with cog­nit­ive neur­os­cience meth­ods (e.g., fMRI, EEG); excel­lent lan­guage skills in Eng­lish. Lan­guage skills in Ger­man is not required but will be wel­comed. Prior exper­i­ence with tES is not required but will be pre­ferred. Interests and exper­i­ences in com­pu­ta­tional neur­os­cience will be highly wel­comed.

What we offer:

Please con­tact Prof. Shu-Chen Li (shu-chen.li@tu-dresden.de) for ques­ti­ons about the posi­tion.

How to apply:

Applic­a­tions from women are par­tic­u­larly wel­come. The same applies to people with dis­ab­il­it­ies.
Please sub­mit your applic­a­tion mater­i­als (cover let­ter, research interests, CV, degree cer­ti­fic­ates and names of 3 ref­er­ees) by Feb­ru­ary 3, 2023 (stamped arrival date of the uni­versity cent­ral mail ser­vice applies) with the sub­ject head­ing: Postdoc-Brain Stim­u­la­tion to: TU Dresden, Fak­ultät Psy­cho­lo­gie, Insti­tut für Päd­ago­gis­che Psy­cho­lo­gie und Entwicklung­s­psy­cho­lo­gie, Pro­fes­sur für Entwicklung­s­psy­cho­lo­gie und Neurowis­senschaft der Lebensspanne, Frau Prof. Dr. Shu-Chen Li, Helm­holtz­str. 10, 01069 Dresden or via the TU Dresden Secure­Mail Portal https://securemail.tu-dresden.de by send­ing it as a single pdf doc­u­ment to shu-chen.li@tu-dresden.de. Please sub­mit cop­ies only, as your applic­a­tion mater­i­als will not be returned to you. Expenses incurred in attend­ing the 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-dresden.de/karriere/datenschutzhinweis.