Pre-doctoral Research Position or Postdoctoral Research Position | Center for Lifespan Psychology

Job Code: 06/2020

Job Offer from March 05, 2020

The Center for Lifespan Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, is seeking applications for a Pre-doctoral Research Position (E 13 TVöD 50%; 39 hours/week) or Postdoctoral Research Position (E 13 TVöD 100%; 39 hours/week).

The position is intended for implementing a translational study aiming at identifying and recovering ‘lost’ memories formed during infantile amnesia. The position is available from April 1, 2020 or later and limited for 3 years (predoctoral researcher) respectively 2 years (postdoctoral researcher).

Job Description

In the context of the project area “Lifespan Rhythms of Memory and Cognition (RHYME)”, the successful candidate will design and implement a study that investigates behavioral and neural indicators (derived from mobile EEG recordings) of memories formed during the infantile amnesia period (i.e., in children < 2 years of age). The study is developed in close collaboration with the lab of Tomás Ryan at Trinity College Dublin. The long-term goal of this project is the discovery of mechanisms for non-invasive identification and modulation of ‘lost’ memories in rodents and humans.

The successful candidate will have access to a newly build testing site that allows tracking of learning and memory formation with video-recordings and fully mobile EEG. There are no formal teaching requirements. The research group is located at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (MPIB) in Berlin with an international working atmosphere.


We are searching a highly motivated research scientist (pre-doctoral or post-doc level) with a background in psychology, neuroscience, computer science or related fields. Ideally, we are looking for candidates with documented experience in research with young children (e.g., 1.5 – 3 years of age). A successful applicant needs to hold a master degree (pre-doctoral level) or PhD (post-doc level).

Applicants need to have hands-on knowledge in conducting experimental research and documented skills in at least one programming language (preferably Matlab). Documented knowledge in cognitive modeling, advanced multivariate statistical methods, and/or machine learning approaches to neuroimaging data analyses are advantageous. The ability to work independently as well as a high proficiency of the English language is required.

Application Details

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.

To apply, please send (as ONE FILE and via email) a letter of intent, a CV, a copy of relevant certificates, and names of two references to Dr. Markus Werkle-Bergner, MPI for Human Development, Lentzeallee 94, 14195 Berlin ( Review of applications starts March 9th and is open until the position is filled.

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