Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development
PhD position in Developmental Neuroscience 60 %
The Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development is a scientific center at the University of Zurich focused on youth development. The Center is a joint venture between the University of Zurich and the Jacobs Foundation. We are dedicated to interdisciplinary, developmental research that will ultimately improve the lives of young people. Our researchers come from the fields of economics, psychology, and sociology. We also collaborate with scientists from additional disciplines in our efforts to best understand the first decades of life.
“The effects of stress on the development of emotion regulatory brain networks and susceptibility/resilience to subsequent stressful life events”
We are looking for a highly motivated and independent PhD candidate to work on neuroimaging data within the area of emotion regulation, stress and mental health. This work is part of ongoing consortia collaborations and will be co-led and co-supervised by Prof. Todd Hare and Prof. Nora Maria Raschle at the Department of Economics and the Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development at the University of Zurich, respectively.
Project description: Acute and prolonged stress significantly impacts our daily life and is associated with the development of neuropsychiatric symptoms and disorders. Early life adversity increases the likelihood to develop physical and mental health consequences. When, how, and for whom stressful life events result in negative outcomes can depend on the severity, frequency and timing of negative experiences as well as on individual characteristics. Our studies aim to yield insights into the biological factors and behavioral predispositions that individually or conjointly impact mental health outcomes during stressful life events.
As a doctoral student, you will work in a stimulating interdisciplinary team and will be able to integrate methodological and applied knowledge of two collaborating units. Your main responsibilities will be the analyses of existing behavioral and neuroimaging datasets from clinical and healthy developing groups of children, adolescents and adults. You will further participate in the planning, conduction and testing of neuroimaging research studies using standardized behavioral testing, clinical interviews or MRI. Furthermore, as a PhD student, you will be involved in the supervision of master students or interns and will present your findings within our research teams/consortia, at national and international conferences and through scientific publications.
A master's degree in neuroscience, psychology, biology, computer or health sciences or a similar field with focus on neuroscience. Prior experience with MRI or neuroimaging techniques or programming knowledge are an advantage. Ideally you are highly interested in learning novel, innovative analyses techniques (e.g., functional and structural neuroimaging analyses, ranging from classical approaches to functional and structural connectomics). Proficient written and oral English language skills (additional German skills are an advantage).
What we offer
Supervision and mentorship within two interdisciplinary, collaborative teams. Lab visits and collaborations are encouraged. This PhD position is an ideal starting point for an academic career within the field of neuroscience. Depending on the candidate profile we can offer different PhD programs (e.g., neuroeconomics, psychology, life course development) and inclusion within the Zurich Neuroscience Network.
Prof. Todd Hare
Prof. Nora Raschle
Place of work
Start of employment
Immediately possible, the search will continue until a suitable candidate is identified; duration: 3.5-4 years.
Interested candidates are asked to send their application documents, including their CV, a letter of motivation and copies of relevant degrees to Prof. Nora Raschle.
Prof. Nora Raschle
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