Postdoctoral Research Position | Center for Environmental Neuroscience

Job Code: 13/2024

Job Offer from June 27, 2024

The “Center for Environmental Neuroscience” at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Research Position (E 13 TVöD; 39 hours/week)

The position is initially filled for two years (with an option for extension of one year). The position is available from July 1st, 2024 or later.

Job Description

The Center for Environmental Neuroscience (Director: Prof. Dr. Simone Kühn) investigates how the physical environment affects the individual. We conduct research focusing on the question whether and how the external environment (e.g. natural landscapes vs. cities) impacts on brain plasticity as well as on behavior using methods of functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging, georeferencing and image analysis of photographs. We recently started a twin study to investigate the impact of the physical environment while controlling for genetic effects. By providing a better understanding and quantification of the relationship between the environment and the brain, we hope to influence the designing of physical environments in ways that will optimize well-being and cognitive functioning as well as human mental and physical health.

We have access to a research-only 3T MR scanner, as well as a virtual reality (VR) lab and functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). In the coming years, the newly established Max Planck Dahlem Campus of Cognition at the MPIB will provide additional access to a new 3T MR scanner and a 7T MR scanner. Our research group is located at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (MPIB) in Berlin with an international working atmosphere. No German language is required for working at the MPIB. In addition, a large community of Berlin neuroscientists provides great opportunities for scientific exchange. For informal inquiries and further information, please contact: Prof. Dr. Simone Kühn (


We are searching a postdoc with a strong interest in environmental neuroscience/ environmental psychology. A successful applicant needs to hold a doctoral degree in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, or related fields. Since we are interested in disentangling the influence of environment (in contrast to genetics) on mental health and the brain, applicants should have a solid background in behavioral genetics and the statistical analysis of twin data. In addition, experience with structural and functional MRI, and documented skills in the analysis of MRI data as well as programming skills (e.g. Matlab/R/Python/shell) would be highly appreciated. Prior experience with georeferencing would be helpful. In addition, the ability to work independently as well as a high proficiency of the English language is required.

The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds. The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

Application Deadline: Open until the position is filled. Please use our recruitment platform for your application.

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