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The Psychological Methods and Statistics Division (Professor Andrea Hildebrandt) at the Department of Psychology, in collaboration with the Department of Pediatrics (Professor Axel Heep), both at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences of the Universität of Oldenburg seek to recruit

a PhD Student (65%, TV-L E13, 3 years) m/f/d,

start date May 2021

Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD project on the neural foundations and behavioral consequences of reward processing during adolescence. The PhD project will build upon multi-modal data analysis, including structural and functional brain connectivity and standardized behavioral assessments.

Eligible candidates will have a MSc degree (Master or equivalent) in psychology, neuroscience, or biomedical engineering. The appointed applicant will be additionally expected to be experienced with neural data analysis (primarily (f)MRI, or EEG, fNIRS) and have very good statistical analysis skills. Experience in analyzing Diffusion Tensor Imaging data is a plus. Knowledge is expected in developmental psychology, specifically childhood development and the psychology of individual differences in the domain of self-control. Very good English literacy skills and (basic) programming competencies are mandatory. German knowledge is not a must. The University of Oldenburg supports international PhD students at acquiring German language knowledge during their PhD.

The University of Oldenburg offers a cutting-edge infrastructure for research in behavioral neuroscience. The University provides an international, friendly environment for researchers and students. The candidate will have the opportunity to align with the graduate School OLTECH, which offers a comprehensive training program and supports young researcher during their PhD and further career planning.

The University of Oldenburg is dedicated to increasing the percentage of female employees in the field of science. Therefore, female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. In accordance with § 21(3) NHG, equally qualified female candidates will be considered preferentially. Applicants with disabilities will be given preference in case of equal qualification.

The starting date is 1st of May 2021. Applications should be send preferentially via E-Mail to The Deadline for applications is the 26th of February 2021. Please contact Andrea Hildebrandt for any questions that you may have related to this announcement.


(Stand: 25.02.2021)