Job ID: 5368

Ph.D. Student in Magdeburg/Germany

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 28 February 2021

Contract Length: 45 months

City: Magdeburg

Country: Germany

Institution: Otto-von-Guericke University

Department: Institute of Cognitive Neurology and Dementia (IKND)


2 PhD positions are available in the research groups of Dr. Matthew Betts ( and Dr. Dorothea Hämmerer ( at the Institute of Cognitive Neurology and Dementia Research (IKND) at the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg.

The PhDs will be part of the newly funded CRC Neuronal Resources of Cognition (SFB1436) including 22 projects spanning molecular, neural and brain systems across a number of species aimed at investigating neural resources of cognition.The goal of the PhD projects is to investigate whether inter-individual differences in the integrity of the noradrenergic system can provide resilience against brain ageing and whether interventions aiming to increase noradrenaline levels (e.g. via cognitive training and pharmacological modulation) can boost brain health and reduce cognitive dysfunction in ageing. The PhD projects will use a combination of high resolution functional and structural MR imaging at 7T, pupillometry, behavioral testing and a pharmacological intervention in healthy older adults.
The PhD projects offer an exciting research opportunity in novel areas of ageing and dementia research. Magdeburg offers a stimulating working environment with an excellent neuroimaging infrastructure and a vibrant neuroscientific community.
The requirements for this position include a Master’s degree or equivalent in psychology, neurosciences, biology, medical engineering or related field. Knowledge of relevant statistical analyses and programs such as SPSS, R, SPM or equivalent is advantageous. Experience working with MRI data and programming skills in MatLab, Python or shell is a plus.

Please send your application (CV, cover letter and references as a single PDF file) – to or Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For further information please email us.

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