Hamburg: Reseach Associate

University: Reseach Associate für the project „Learning to move your eardrum: Perceptual plasticity beyond the brain“

As a University of Excellence, Universität Hamburg is one of the strongest research universities in Germany. As a flagship university in the greater Hamburg region, it nurtures innovative, cooperative contacts to partners within and outside academia. It also provides and promotes sustainable education, knowledge, and knowledge exchange locally, nationally, and internationally.

Pending approval of external funding the Faculty of Psychology and Human Movement, Department of Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology invites applications for a

“Learning to move your eardrum: Perceptual plasticity beyond the brain”

The position in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) commences on 1 February 2021 (or later).

This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed for a period of1 year. The position calls for 39 hours per week. This position is also suitable for part time employment.


Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

Specific Duties:

The project is part of the Volkswagen Foundation's funding initiative 'Experiment!' and aims to investigate the plasticity of multisensory interactions in the sensory periphery using combined eye tracking and in-ear microphone recordings (for further information, see Gruters et al., 2018, PNAS). Specific duties comprise designing and conducting experimental studies in healthy adults as well as in blind individuals, analyzing the acquired data, and publishing research findings. Data acquisition will be performed in Hamburg but the project will involve collaborating with external project partners at Duke University (USA).


A university degree in a relevant subject plus doctorate. We seek a postdoc with a background in psychology, neuroscience or a related discipline and an interest in multisensory research. The successful candidate has experience in experimental psychology and strong programming skills (MATLAB). Prior experience with eye tracking, in-ear microphone recordings and/or working with blind individuals is advantageous.

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg promotes equal opportunity. As men are currently underrepresented in this job category at Universität Hamburg according to the evaluation conducted under the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HambGleiG), we encourage men to apply for this position. Equally qualified and suitable maleapplicants will receive preference.

Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status receive preference in the application process.

For further information, please contact Dr. Patrick Bruns ( or consult our website at Interviews (via Zoom) will be scheduled in November/December. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Applications should include a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s). Please send applications by 15 November 2020 to:

Please do not submit original documents as we are not able to return them. Any documents submitted will be destroyed after the application process has concluded

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