Hamburg: Research Associate

Universität: Research Associate (Postdoc) in Cognitive Neuroscience (189)

Research Associate (Postdoc) in Cognitive Neuroscience § 28 Subsection 2 HmbHG

  • Institution: Faculty of Psychology and Human Movement Science, Institute of Psychology, Department “Mechanisms of Learning and Change”
  • Salary level: EGR. 13 TV-L
  • Start date: 01.08.2023, or as soon as possible thereafter, fixed for a period of three years (This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act [Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG]).The contract provides for a maximum extension of up to three years depending on the associate’s achievements during the first stage. Providing that a position is available and that requirements have been fulfilled, the associate may apply for temporary civil servant status in accordance with Section 28 subsection 2 HmbHG.
  • Application deadline: 31.05.2023
  • Scope of work: full-time position suitable for part-time


Duties include teaching and research in the respective department or institute. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications as well as acquire teaching experience. These duties are intended to promote academic achievement. Therefore, at least one-third of set working hours will be made available for the associate’s own academic work.

Specific Duties

The Department of „Mechanisms of Learning and Change“ at the Institute of Psychology is looking for a postdoctoral researcher in the field of cognitive neuroscience. The post includes teaching and research obligations. Own research is supported and postdoctoral researchers are supported in developing an individual academic research profile. Research has to fall into the bigger scope of reinforcement learning, memory and decision-making in the human brain, ideally using advanced neuroimaging techniques and/or computational modelling (fMRI/EEG). Teaching duties include 4,0 academic hours per week during teaching periods (two times 14 weeks per year), and the supervision of students on bachelor and master level as well as the co-supervision of PhD students. Teaching and supervision can be done in English.

The successful candidate will become part of a vibrant and successful research team that conducts cutting-edge science, values curiosity and team spirit. Our lab has access to excellent research infrastructure (behavior lab, fMRI, EEG, eye-tracking and HPC) including support staff and is well integrated into the local and international research communities. We value diversity of ethnicity, gender identity or expression, disability, national origin and other characteristics. For more information visit our website at

The position will last for 3 years, with the possibility of contract extension depending on funding availability. The position is available from August 1st 2023 on. Later start dates are possible, but long delays in commencing the post are less desirable. The position must start no later than October 1st 2023.


A university degree in a relevant subject plus doctorate.

Applicants must hold a doctorate in Psychology, Neuroscience, Biology, Computer Science or related disciplines at the time of contract signature. Candidates should be experienced in designing, performing, analyzing, and disseminating experimental studies using functional neuroimaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), behavioral and/or computational methods. A record of publishing in top peer-reviewed neuroscientific journals and familiarity with multivariate fMRI analysis techniques and/or computational modelling are beneficial. In addition, enthusiasm for research on Cognitive Neuroscience, the ability to work independently, collaborate with team members, supervise students and high proficiency of the English language are essential. Previous teaching experience is beneficial.

We offer

  • Reliable remuneration based on wage agreements
  • Continuing education opportunities
  • University pensions
  • Attractive location
  • Flexible working hours
  • Work-life balance opportunities
  • Health management
  • Educational leave
  • 30 days of vacation per annum

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.

Severely disabled and disabled applicants with the same status will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.

Instructions for applying

  • Contact: Prof. Dr. Nicolas Schuck, nicolas.schuck(at)
  • Reference number: 189
  • Location: Von-Melle-Park 5, 20146 Hamburg
  • Application deadline: 31.05.2023

Send us your complete application documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificate[s] and if necessary ID attesting to your disability or proof of equivalent status) via the online application form only.

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