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/d)

Code: 4035/2019/3

Join  the “Multimodal Neuroimaging” group led by Dr. Anne Maass in Magdeburg.

The ability to create new memories is supported by brain regions within the medial temporal lobe, which are vulnerable to aging and neurodegenerative diseases but also highly plastic. Our group at the DZNE Magdeburg uses multimodal imaging techniques including PET and MRI to understand how age-related pathology leads to memory dysfunction and compromises brain plasticity in the living human brain. The use of high-resolution functional and structural MRI at 7T thereby allows us to study memory networks at the level of small subregions. Our group also aims to elucidate the factors that underlie or impact brain plasticity in response to exercise or cognitive training.


Your tasks

Our group has only recently been created and we are looking for a highly motivated PhD student to join our new team. You should be passionate about understanding the mechanisms that underlie memory formation, cognitive aging and neurodegeneration. You should also be interested in applying or establishing novel methods and in developing your own research ideas. Your work will include the design, data collection, data analysis and interpretation of neuroimaging and cognitive studies in cognitively normal people or clinical populations. You will utilize multimodal neuroimaging approaches, such as functional and structural MRI or molecular imaging (PET). A crucial part of your work will be coding/programming and statistical analyses. You will also present you research to the scientific community at meetings, international conferences and by means of publications.

Requirements

 

  • Master degree in neuroscience, psychology, computational science, biostatistics, medicine or related fields.
  • Basic experience in programming and statistics (e.g. Matlab, R, Python, shell)
  • Basic experience in human brain imaging (MRI, fMRI) and image analyses will be of advantage
  • Good communication and  team working skills
  • Fluent in spoken and written English

The candidate should have an open mind to collaborate with other groups in and outside Magdeburg. For further information please contact Dr. Anne Maass.

Employment, payment and social benefits are consistent with those at other research institutes. The job location is Magdeburg, Germany. The position is available starting May 2019 for 2 years (with an option for extension).

 

 

Site

Magdeburg

Contact details

Dr. Anne Maaß

Working hours

full-time

Contract length

2 years, extension possible

Payment, social benefits

consistent with those at other research institutes

Application deadline

You will obtain special skills and knowledge for your scientific qualification during your activities at DZNE. The DZNE is an equal opportunity employer. It is committed to employing disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply.