Fully financed 3 years long PhD Student Position

In the frame of the Templeton Foundation financed collaboration network, entitled as “Adversarial collaboration to test contrasting predictions from Integrated Information Theory and Predictive Processing Accounts of Consciousness“  we have an open PhD position.

This position is an exciting opportunity for a Ph.D. student with a background in behavioural sciences, psychology, neuroscience or a related quantitative field to work on an interdisciplinary, cutting-edge cognitive neuroscience project that employs advanced signal analysis while directly interfacing with world-class researchers from the Netherlands, UK, USA and Australia.

The project

The PhD position is part of a large network of collaborative partners and is funded by the Templeton Foundation. The project is meant to be a unified experimental approach testing contrasting predictions of theories on consciousness. The specific claim is that active inference is necessary for conscious perception (Friston 2018; Friston et al. 2017). Put simply, something can only be consciously ‘seen’ when ‘looked at’ or ‘noticed’.  The project aims to use eye-movement recordings, together with behavioural measures and EEG, as well as MEG to reveal the brain basis of perception, consciousness, and action during visual perception of stimuli and their associated aftereffects.


The setting

The Ph.D. student will be based at the Department of Biological Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience of the FSU Jena with access to interdisciplinary meetings of the research group “Adversarial collaboration to test contrasting predictions from Integrated Information Theory and Predictive Processing Accounts of Consciousness“ and with be performed in close collaboration with Prof. Jakob Hohwy (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia). We will also work together with Prof Karl Friston. English is essential, German knowledge is beneficial.

Your responsibilities

  • Develop, execute, and analyze experiments with eye-movement recordings as well as with high-density EEG/MEG
  • Present work in peer-reviewed journals, group meetings and at (inter)national conferences
  • Contribute to the supervision of junior team members

Your profile

  • Master's degree in a quantitative field (e.g., psychology, neuroscience, biomedical science, or related fields) (essential)
  • Coding skills in at least one high-level language (e.g., Matlab, Python, R) (desirable)
  • Background in the neuroscience of cognitive functions (desirable)

What we offer

International environment. The PhD student will be part of large and highly competitive network of the greatest names, studying consciousness experimentally. They will receive a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena. The fully funded, highly attractive salary follows the guidelines of the DFG (TVL-13, 0,65 %), 3–year appointment.

Place of work

 Dept. Biol. Psychol. Cog. Neurosci and the Biomagnetic Center of the UKJ.

Start of employment

The position is available immediately. Applications will be considered until 1st September, 2022. Interested candidates should provide a 1-page statement of research interest, copy of CV, publication list and names and contact details of 2 referees. Informal enquiries can be addressed by email directly to Prof. Gyula Kovacs. (gyula.kovacs@uni-jena.de).





Tutor Position

Unser Arbeitsbereich Biologische Psychologie und Kognitive Neurowissenschaften Psychologie sucht zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt eine/ n Tutor/ in. Die monatliche Stundenzahl soll 30 Stunden betragen, Laufzeit 2 Monate.

Diese Stelle ist als Tutorenstelle ausgeschrieben, da die Hauptaufgabe darin besteht die Mitarbeiter des Lehrstuhls bei der Vorbereitung/ Organisation und Durchführung von Lehrveranstaltungen zu unterstützen. Das betrifft vor allem Veranstaltungen des Bachelorstudiengangs, wie zum Beispiel Seminare und die Betreuung von Projektgruppen.

Daher sollten Sie:

  • Psychologie im Master studieren
  • Freude am wissenschaftlichen Arbeiten im Bereich der kognitiven
    Neurowissenschaften haben, sowie Freude an der Lehre/ der Supervision von Kleinprojekten
  • Gut organisieren und koordinieren können und selbstständig, aber auch im Team (sowie mit Studierenden) arbeiten können.
  • Einige Kenntnisse in Software für die Durchführung und Auswertung von
    Experimenten sind von Vorteil, aber keine Voraussetzung.

Wir bieten einen Einblick in den praxisnahen Bereich, sowie die Möglichkeit im Rahmen von Lehrveranstaltungen Projekte zu unterstützen und anzuleiten, und somit Erfahrungen im Lehrbereich zu sammeln.

Wenn Sie Fragen haben, wenden Sie sich gerne an unser Sekretariat:
Susann Houben, sekretariat.bpcn@uni-jena.de, (+49 3641 9 45938)

Andernfalls können Sie sich direkt bewerben, indem Sie ihre Unterlagen (Anschreiben und tabellarischer Lebenslauf) per Mail an selbige Adresse schicken.

Wir freuen uns auf Ihre Bewerbung!


Since all application documents will be duly destroyed after the recruitment process, we ask you to submit only copies of your documents.
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