PhD Positions in Cognitive Neuroscience

The Department of Psychology, Human Communication Research Group (Prof. Dr. Katharina von Kriegstein) invites applications for two PhD student positions. The positions are available at the next possible date. The positions are initially limited to 3 years. A contract extension for a fourth year is possible.

The main research goal of the two positions is to investigate behavioural and neuroscience principles of voice and face perception in neurotypical populations as well as in populations with developmental person recognition deficits (i.e. phonagnosia and prosopagnosia). The positions are part of the Human Communication Research Group led by Prof. Dr. Katharina von Kriegstein. The group is currently based at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig (MPI-CBS; and will be newly established at the TU Dresden.

The TU Dresden offers an excellent, interdisciplinary scientific environment. Research and teaching will be carried out at the Department of Psychology of the TU Dresden, which houses the Neuroimaging Centre at the TU Dresden ( The centre is equipped with a research-only 3-Tesla MRI machine, MRI-compatible eye tracking, EEG systems, and a neurostimulation unit including neuronavigaton, TMS and tDCS devices. All experimental facilities are supported by experienced physics and IT staff. For analyses with high computational demands, there is access to the TU Dresden high-performance computing clusters. There are also strong existing collaborations with the MPI-CBS in Leipzig involving 7 Tesla-MRI, Connectome scanner, and MEG data acquisitions.

Tasks: The projects involve planning and conducting neuroscientific experiments, data analysis, and presenting and publishing scientific results. One of the positions is planned to work on projects related to a comprehensive neuroimaging and behavioural study on developmental prosopagnosics. For the other position, there is flexibility on the exact nature of the projects in terms of methods and specific topic, but a strong interest in mechanisms of voice-identity, face-identity, and speech recognition would be ideal. For examples of our work on these topics see von Kriegstein et al., 2008 PNAS; von Kriegstein et al., 2010 J of Neuroscience; Roswandowitz et al., 2014 Current Biology. Teaching duties for each of the positions are 2 hours per week in the semester (2 SWS). Teaching can be done in German or in English.



  • University degree in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, medicine or related fields
  • Enthusiasm for the field of human communication
  • Strong interest in neuroscience and neuroscience methods


An asset would be:

  • Experience with experimental methods of cognitive neuroscience, such as DWI, EEG, psychophysics, programming, fMRI, TMS
  • High level of statistical skills


To apply, please include all documents in one PDF-file in the following order: CV, contact information for two references, a brief statement describing your personal qualifications and future research interests. Applications with the subject heading "PHD17” should be sent until 20.10.2017 via email to Julia Herdin ( Contact for informal enquiries regarding the post: Prof. Dr. Katharina von Kriegstein (

The TU Dresden is an equal opportunities employer, committed to the advancement of individuals without regard to ethnicity, religion, gender, or disability.\Kriegstein_WIMI2_eng_080917_1017.pdf



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    • TU Dresden
    • Psychology Department
    • Dresden
    • Bamberger Str. 7
    • Deutschland
  • Arbeitsort
    • Dresden
    • Sachsen
    • Deutschland
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    • Frau Katharina von Kriegstein
    • Tel: 0341-9940-2476
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      • Englisch

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