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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­si­tät Dres­den - Faculty of Psy­cho­logy, Col­la­bo­ra­tive Rese­arch Centre (CRC) 940 – Voli­tion and Cogni­tive Con­trol

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 starts as soon as pos­si­ble, ent­ails 65 % of the full­time wee­kly hours and is initi­ally limi­ted until 30.06.2023. A con­tract exten­sion is pos­si­ble (max. until 30.06.2024). The period of employ­ment is gover­ned by the Fixed Term Rese­arch Con­tracts Act (Wis­sen­schafts­zeit­ver­trags­ge­setz - WissZeitVG). The posi­tion aims at obtai­ning fur­ther aca­de­mic qua­li­fi­ca­tion (e.g. PhD).
The posi­tion is part of the Col­la­bo­ra­tive Rese­arch Centre 940 Voli­tion and Cogni­tive Con­trol ( The CRC was estab­lished in 2012 by the Ger­man Rese­arch Foun­da­tion and will be fun­ded for the next four years with approx. 10 mil­lion Euros. The CRC aims at iden­ti­fy­ing the cogni­tive and neu­ro­nal mecha­nisms, which under­lie the voli­tio­nal con­trol of goal-direc­ted actions as well as its dys­func­tions in psych­iatric dis­or­ders such as addic­tion or atten­tion defi­cit dis­or­ders.
Topic: The posi­tion is part of the pro­ject A11 led by Prof. Katha­rina von Kriegstein and Prof. Han­nes Ruge at the Chair of Cogni­tive and Cli­ni­cal Neu­ro­sci­ence and the Chair of Gene­ral Psy­cho­logy. The goal is to expe­ri­ment­ally test pre­dic­tions of neu­ro­sci­en­ti­fic models of goal-direc­ted actions. For examp­les of our work on these topics see (Ruge H et al., 2019 Elife; Zwosta K et al., 2018 Neu­ro­image). Expe­ri­ments will involve fMRI, beha­viou­ral expe­ri­ments, and for­mal meta-ana­ly­ses. fMRI will include the use of spa­ti­ally opti­mi­zed sequen­ces (see Mihai G et al., 2019 Elife) to assess sub­cor­ti­cal struc­tures, in par­ti­cu­lar high-level tha­l­a­mic nuclei. Par­ti­ci­pants will be mostly healthy par­ti­ci­pants, but there will be strong col­la­bo­ra­ti­ons with groups doing cli­ni­cal work on addic­tion (CRC 940-A1) and ano­rexia ner­vosa (CRC 940-C3). There will also be strong col­la­bo­ra­ti­ons on inte­gra­ting the expe­ri­men­tal work with com­pu­ta­tion model­ling (CRC 940-A9).

Work­ing field:

Plan­ning and per­forming beha­viou­ral and neu­ro­ima­ging expe­ri­ments; data ana­ly­sis; col­la­bo­ra­tion with com­pu­ta­tio­nal neu­ro­sci­en­tists and cli­ni­ci­ans; publi­ca­tion of papers.


Uni­ver­sity degree (mas­ter or diploma) in Cogni­tive Neu­ro­sci­ence, Psy­cho­logy, Com­pu­ta­tio­nal Neu­ro­sci­ence, or simi­lar. A back­ground in con­duc­ting and/or ana­ly­sing neu­ro­ima­ging data, e.g. fMRI or EEG is of advan­tage. Ide­ally, the can­di­date has pro­gramming skills e.g. in Mat­lab or Python.

What we of­fer:

The CRC 940 and TU Dres­den pro­vide an out­stan­ding sci­en­ti­fic infra­st­ruc­ture and ideal envi­ron­ment for inter­di­sci­pli­nary coope­ra­tion. Expe­ri­ments will be per­for­med at the Neu­ro­ima­ging Centre ( The Neu­ro­ima­ging Centre is equip­ped with a rese­arch-only 3 Tesla MRI scan­ner, several EEG and eye tracking sys­tems, and a tran­scra­nial magne­tic sti­mu­la­tion (TMS) unit. All expe­ri­men­tal faci­li­ties are sup­por­ted by expe­ri­en­ced phy­si­cists and IT staff. For com­pu­ta­tio­nal work, there is access to the TU Dres­den high-per­for­mance com­pu­ting clus­ters.
For ques­ti­ons about this posi­tion, please con­tact Prof. Han­nes Ruge ( or Prof. Katha­rina von Kriegstein (
App­li­ca­ti­ons from women are par­ti­cu­larly wel­come. The same app­lies to people with disa­bi­li­ties.

How to ap­ply:

Please sub­mit your com­pre­hen­sive app­li­ca­tion inclu­ding all docu­ments in one PDF-file in the fol­lo­wing order: CV, a brief state­ment describ­ing your per­so­nal qua­li­fi­ca­ti­ons and future rese­arch inte­rests, con­tact infor­ma­tion for two refe­ren­ces, with the sub­ject hea­ding A11-PHD until 21.08.2020 (stam­ped arri­val date of the uni­ver­sity cen­tral mail ser­vice app­lies) pre­fer­a­bly via the TU Dres­den Secu­re­Mail Por­tal by sen­ding it as a sin­gle pdf docu­ment to or by mail to TU Dres­den, Fakul­tät Psy­cho­lo­gie, Insti­tut für All­ge­meine Psy­cho­lo­gie, Bio­psy­cho­lo­gie und Metho­den der Psy­cho­lo­gie, Pro­fes­sur für Kogni­tive und Kli­ni­sche Neu­ro­wis­sen­schaft, Frau Prof. Katha­rina von Kriegstein, Helm­holtz­str. 10, 01069 Dres­den. 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: