The Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI CBS) in Leipzig, Germany, Department of Social Neuroscience led by Prof. Dr Tania Singer in collaboration with Prof. Dr John-Dylan Haynes from the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience at the Charité in Berlin invites applications for a Postdoctoral Position: Advanced analysis of large-cohort neuroimaging data on mindfulness meditation (Ref “PD 21/17”).
The position is offered within the interdisciplinary research teams of both the Department of Social Neuroscience, investigating the foundations of human social behaviour, and the Haynes-Lab for Theory and Analysis of Large-Scale Brain Signals at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience at the Charité in Berlin. The position will be supervised by Prof. Dr Tania Singer and Prof. Dr John-Dylan Haynes. The workplace is located in Berlin in Haus 5 on Campus Nord of Humboldt University Berlin, a satellite lab of the Social Neuroscience Department of MPI CBS in Leipzig, to facilitate the interaction between the Bernstein Center and MPI CBS.
The successful candidate will be primarily involved in the advanced analyses of fMRI data obtained during a large-scale one-year longitudinal mental training study, the ReSource Project (www.resource-project.org). The ReSource Project investigates the effects of attentional, affective, and cognitive mental training on different functional and structural brain networks, stress- and health-related markers, subjective well-being as well as attention, mind-wandering, meta-cognition, social and affective functioning and prosocial behaviour. In this project, more than 300 people underwent five measurement time points and were tested in more than 90 different measures including resting state and several task-based fMRI scans (empathy, Theory of Mind, pain, attention, and emotion regulation), as well as DTI and structural MRI assessments. The primary goal for the successful candidate will be the application of advanced fMRI analysis methods such as multivariate pattern analysis (MVPA) in order to investigate training-induced plasticity of attentional, socio-affective and socio-cognitive as well as nociceptive processes, their relationship to social behaviour, health markers and other functions.
The Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig offers an international research environment, with English being the language spoken in the laboratory. It provides an excellent infrastructure (e.g. a human 7T MRI scanner and three human 3T scanners, among them one of three Connectom scanners worldwide, rt-fMRI, TMS/tDCS, MEG, behavioural laboratory, access to research support staff for scanning and behavioural testing, etc.).
For further details, see http://www.cbs.mpg.de/depts/singer
Applications (including a motivation letter, CV, list of publications, and contact names of 2–3 referees) should be sent as a single PDF file jointly to Sabrina Walter (firstname.lastname@example.org) ccing Tania Singer (email@example.com) and John-Dylan Haynes (firstname.lastname@example.org). Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to Haus 5 on the campus of Charité Berlin.
The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas where they are underrepresented and therefore encourages applications from female candidates.
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