The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) is a world-leading internationally oriented research center, committed to discovering new approaches to prevent and treat neurodegenerative diseases. To this end, researchers at ten DZNE sites across Germany pursue a translational and interdisciplinary strategy comprising five interconnected areas: fundamental research, clinical research, health care research, population health science, and systems medicine.

Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/d)

Code: 4044/2020/9

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

Our group at the DZNE Magdeburg uses multimodal imaging techniques including functional and structural MRI and PET to understand how age-related pathology such as tau tangles and amyloid-beta lead to neurodegeneration and memory dysfunction in the living human brain. Here, we aim to elucidate the factors that drive the accumulation of pathology (e.g. hyperactivation, neuroinflammation) but also compensatory mechanisms (e.g. changes in network function) that allow some individuals to maintain cognitive performance in the face of pathology.

Your tasks

Our group has only recently been created and we are looking for a highly motivated PostDoc to join our team for at least 6 months to work on multimodal neuroimaging data. You should be passionate about understanding the mechanisms that underlie cognitive aging and resilience to Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Your task will include to prepare, apply and interpret comprehensive cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses on neuroimaging (e.g. MRI, fMRI) and cognitive data. You will work on samples of cognitively normal individuals, SCD, MCI and AD dementia patients with defined biomarker profiles. A crucial part of your work will be coding/programming and statistical analyses. You will also present your research to the scientific community at meetings, international conferences and by means of publications. Moreover, you will able to communicate and discuss your research in regular internal meetings and collaborate with other groups at the DZNE or external institutes.


  • PhD in neuroscience, psychology, computational science, biostatistics, medicine or related fields.
  • Advanced experience in human brain imaging (structural MRI, fMRI) and image analyses (SPM, FreeSurfer, FSL)

Advanced experience in programming and statistics (e.g. Matlab, R, Python, shell)

  • Good communication and team working skills
  • Peer reviewed publications and a track record of research excellence
  • Fluent in spoken and written English

We offer

The DZNE in Magdeburg offers an excellent scientific infrastructure with state-of-the-art neuroimaging research facilities including PET, 3T and 7T MRI. Team members will benefit from an international, collaborative environment alongside other labs focusing on aging and neurodegenerative disorders, both within the institute and at neighbouring university departments. Employment, payment and social benefits are consistent with those at other research institutes. The job location is Magdeburg, Germany. The position is available starting January 2020 for 6 months (with an option for extension).




Contact details

Dr. Anne Maass

Working hours


Contract length

6 months

Payment, social benefits

according to TVöD Bund

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.