Job ID: 86986

5 Postdoctoral positions (min. 3 years) in Neuroscience, Psychology, and Philosophy of Mind

Position: Post-doctoral Position

Deadline: 18 September 2022

City: Bochum / Essen

Country: Germany

Institution: Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) / University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE)



The Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) and the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) are among Germany’s leading research universities. They draw their strength from both the diversity and the proximity of natural sciences, humanities, and engineering disciplines on coherent campuses. These highly dynamic settings enable researchers to work across traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties.
We are searching for advanced postdocs who ideally already have ca. 2 years of research experience and want to continue their careers in an inspiring environment that fosters interdisciplinary approaches. We aim to install an outstanding group of postdocs, who are tightly integrated with the research focus “THINK@Ruhr”.
Applicants should have an excellent PhD in a research topic related to neuroscience, psychology, or philosophy of mind and should already have published in high-ranking peer-reviewed journals. The postdoc positions offer a focus on research only (no teaching or administration). It is encouraged and supported expected that the successful candidate will submit a grant proposal to establish her/his own research group (e.g. ERC Starting Grant, Emmy Noether Research Grant, Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, etc.) during the postdoctoral period.
Please find the following project descriptions on
#1 Molecular signatures of synaptic functions related to cognition and memory
#2 Microcircuits of cognition
#3 Embedded cognition
#4 Adaptive behavior in computational system
#7 Tracking the engram of stressful and traumatic memories
#8 The burden of cognitive dysfunction in ataxias from mouse models to man
#10 How expectations are generated, maintained, and changed in the context of medical treatments
#12 Advanced methods in (high-field) MR imaging of cognitive processes
Then send your application as a single PDF to by September 18th, 2022,
  • include your CV with certificates, list of publications, grants, and talks
  • tell us which of the project proposals listed here is your first and your second choice
  • shortly describe your conceivable research in this field as well as your research proposal plan for a competitive peer-reviewed grant (ERC Starting Grant, Emmy Noether, Freigeist, etc.) during your postdoc period in maximally 3 pages (excluding references)
  • shortly outline whether your research could bridge key research areas of THINK@Ruhr
  • name two referees
  • send us your two best publications (published or accepted)
  • indicate what your earliest time to start your postdoc stay could be
If you have further questions, please write to Content-related questions on the job postings, namely the work packages in Essen and Bochum, will answer Ulrike Bingel responsible for Essen, and Onur Güntürkün for Bochum.
THINK@Ruhr will foster and support any research activities of the postdocs.Our universities offer attractive academic career track options and family friendly conditions. Ruhr-Universität Bochum and University of Duisburg-Essen are committed to promoting the careers of women and minority groups and therefore strongly welcome applications from respective candidates. As an equal opportunities employer, we also encourage applications from suitably qualified disabled candidates.