(expired) 2 Postdoc positions in the Reach & Touch Lab (in the new Bielefeld-based Biopsychology group)

I am looking for 2 Postdocs to join my new lab in Bielefeld, the Biopsychology & Cognitive Neuroscience group of the Psychology Department.

I will be interviewing as soon as possible after the deadline (July 29, 2016).

The group investigates sensorimotor and multisensory transformation and integration, with a focus on tactile processing and its relationship with movement (check out the remaining website, http://reachtouchlab.com). Available research methods will be motion tracking, EEG, TMS, EMG, 3T fMRI, and a two-armed Kinarm. Besides the focus on touch and sensorimotor processing, the group will investigate developmental aspects of these topics in infants and children. At the University of Bielefeld, there are multiple possibilities for collaboration for additional psychological/neuroscientific methods. The positions are university-funded (3 years, additional 3 years possible) and include teaching. They should start in October 2016. There’s a multitude of possibilities for research, and your ideas matter.

Apply by July 29!

Not sure whether you should apply? Get in touch with your questions via Email (tobias.heed@uni-hamburg.de) or Twitter (@TobiasHeed) to arrange a phone call if you can’t reach me by phone directly.


Postdoc positions

Note: this is not the official advertisement. Please find it here (in German). English applications are fine, non-German applications are welcome.


Job description

The jobholder will plan, execute, analyze, and publish research studies in the lab, using (some of) the above listed methods. This includes the organization and scientific administration of projects and potentially the co-supervision of PhD students. (75%)

The position includes teaching of 2 student courses per semester (4 “Lehrveranstaltungsstunden (LVS)”). (20%)

It is expected that the jobholder takes part in the academic self-administration. (5%)

The development of an own research focus, including acquisition of third party funding, is encouraged. It is possible to habilitate on the position.

Job specification

Necessary qualifications, knowledge, and competences

  • PhD in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, or a comparable degree in a related field
  • Practical experience with experiments in at least 2 of the above-mentioned scientific research methods, demonstrated through corresponding publications
  • Very good programming skills for experimental acquisition and analysis (e.g. Presentation, Python, Matlab, R), and the willingness to acquire further such skills if required
  • Very good statistical knowledge
  • Very good English skills and experience with publishing in English
  • Independent and thorough working style
  • The group will be practicing Open Science; it will be expected that the jobholder documents and publishes data and scripts.

Desirable qualifications, knowledge, and competences

  • Knowledge of Bayesian statistics
  • PhD topic in the area of sensorimotor processing or sensorimotor development
  • Experience with motion tracking or Kinarm
  • Teaching experience
  • Experience with supervising students (theses, student assistants, PhDs)

Please submit your application preferably as one single pdf file that contains all relevant content (motivation letter, CV, copies of relevant certificates, job reference letters if applicable). Please list two references from an academic background whom I may contact during the application process.


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