The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) is a unique non-university research center which is dedicated to the subject dementia and all its areas, as well as other neurodegenerative diseases. The center compasses the full spectrum of fundamental research through population sciences to health care research. The DZNE stands for excellence in research and science management, translation of scientific results into practice, interdisciplinarity and internationalization. It is a research center within the Helmholtz Organization of German research centers. With over 1000 employees from 55 nations, spread over 10 sites, the DZNE is one of the national and international leading research centers in its research field. 

PhD student (f/m)

Code: 4031/2018/3

Who we are and what we do:

Research focus: Cognitive Neuroscience research on spatial navigation, aging and dementia

Team: Aging and Cognition Research Group: International research team including cognitive scientists, psychologists, biologists and physicists


  •  Research dedicated 3T and 7T MRI scanners
  •  Cutting-edge virtual reality (VR) facilities
  •  Mobile EEG, MEG, TMS and eyetracking systems
  •  Active local network of neuroscience PhD students (

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Thomas Wolbers and Dr. Jonathan Shine

Your tasks

  • With a combination of interactive VR technology and ultra-high field neuroimaging, you will characterize key mechanisms of spatial navigation in humans and examine how aging affects this fundamental cognitive ability
  • Conduct neuroimaging experiments and use computational models to test novel predictions for spatial coding in humans
  • Collaborate with co-supervisor Dr. Jonathan Shine
  • If desired, be involved in teaching activities



  • BSc/MSc in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging methods or applied                     statistics
  • Strong interest in cognitive aging and virtual reality
  • Experience with Matlab and Python will be a plus
  • Fluent in English
  • Reliability, flexibility, passion

We offer

  • Join a dynamic research team on its way to understand and counteract cognitive decline in old age and dementia!
  • 3-year work contract – extension possible, flexible working hours

For more information




Contact details

Prof. Dr. Thomas Wolbers (

Working hours


Contract length

3 years, extension possible

Payment, social benefits

consistent with those at other research institutes

Application deadline


You will optain special skills and knowledge for your scientific qualification at DZNE. The DZNE is an equal opportunity employer. It especially welcomes and encourages disabled individuals to apply.