PhD position in Neuropsychology at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany (MPI-CBS)

The goal of the Department of Neuropsychology is to identify the functional architecture of language and its neuroanatomical basis in the mature and the developing brain. We use several neuroscientific methods (e.g., structural and functional MRI, EEG, and MEG) on both healthy participants as well as subjects suffering from brain lesions.

The research is conducted at the MPI-CBS in Leipzig, Germany, an internationally leading center for cognitive and imaging neuroscience equipped with a 7.0 T MRI scanner, several 3.0 T MRI scanners, a 306-channels MEG system, TMS, tDCS, and several EEG systems. All facilities and data analysis are supported by experienced IT and physics staff. PhD students will have the opportunity to participate in an International Max-Planck Research School.

The candidate must hold a master’s degree (or equivalent) in linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, or a related field. The candidate is expected to be a talented, enthusiastic, willing-to-learn researcher with a strong interest in language. The successful candidate will have a profound background in psycholinguistics, solid programming (i.e., MATLAB®) skills, and experience in acquisition and analysis of neuroscientific or behavioural data. The successful candidate’s project will focus on the oscillatory brain networks underlying higher-level language comprehension (i.e., syntax and semantics).

Starting date for the position is February 1st, 2015. Salary is dependent on experience and based on MPI stipends or equivalent salary according to German public service regulations. The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer, and international applicants are encouraged.

The application should include the following documents (in a single PDF-file):

•    Cover letter describing personal qualifications and research interests

•    Curriculum vitae

•    Contact details of two personal references

Applications with the subject heading ‘PhD 03-14’ should be sent to:

The deadline for application submission is November 30th, 2014.

For questions please contact:

Dr. Lars Meyer “”


Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Stephanstraße 1A, 04103 Leipzig