Postdoc Position in Social Neuroscience (m/f)

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Postdoc Position in Social Neuroscience (m/f)

The independent Max Planck Research Group "Social Neuroscience" led by Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Leonhard Schilbach at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) of Psychiatry in Munich, Germany invites applications for a

Postdoc Position in Social Neuroscience (m/f)
Code: 9795

Task, techniques and methods:
This position is fully funded as part of a 5-year funding scheme as Max Planck Research Group Leader awarded by the Max Planck Society to Dr. Schilbach.

The research of this newly forming group at the MPI of Psychiatry aims to provide a better understanding of the neural mechanisms of real-time social interaction. To this end, the group combines functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) with real-time analyses of eyetracking data to generate truly interactive paradigms, which allow studying the neural mechanisms of participation in (gaze-based) social interaction and comparing them to the neural correlates of social observation. In close collaboration with the renowned Max Planck Clinic for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Psychosomatics and Neurology, another important aim of the group is to investigate commonalities and differences of disorders-associated changes in the neurofunctional systems relevant for social interaction and interpersonal coordination across different patients groups.

Desired experiences and training:

The successful candidate has 2-4 years’ research experience as a postdoctoral fellow and has extensive expertise in structural and functional MRI (preferably with SPM and Matlab), behavioral and eyetracking analyses. Knowledge of other neuroscientific methods (e.g., multivariate pattern analysis (MVPA), resting state fMRI, DTI, TMS/tDCS) would be advantageous. The position is primarily devoted to research, with no teaching, and minimal administrative duties. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the supervision and and to independently supervise students.

Our supply:

Salary is calculated according to the collective agreement for public service employees (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst – TVöD-Bund).

We offer excellent working conditions in an open, international and challenging environment at one of the leading research institutes in the field of neurobiology and psychiatry. Furnished flat-sharing community are available at the campus of the institute.

The Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry offers an international research environment with English being the language spoken at the Institute. It offers an excellent neuroimaging and psychophysiology infrastructure (e.g. human 3T MRI, behavioral and eyetracking laboratory, etc.) and has strong links to the renowned MPI Clinic of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Psychosomatics and Neurology. Munich is located in the South of Germany, close to various lakes, the Alps, Austria, Switzerland and Italy and is noted for its international character and high quality of life.

Applications should include a CV, list of publications, statement of research interests, and contact information of 3 referees. Review of applications will continue until the positions are filled. For further details contact Dr. Schilbach (

Women are especially encouraged to apply and handicapped applicants with equal qualifications will be given preferential treatment.

For additional information on the Max Planck Institute and its research groups, please contact

We look forward to your Application.