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/x)

Code: 4047/2021/5

to join the Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience group led by Dr David Berron in Magdeburg. Our research focuses on three major aims. We conduct studies to understand the functional architecture of cognitive functions with a special focus on human memory and the medial temporal lobe using structural and functional MRI at 3 and 7 Tesla. We investigate the effects of disease pathology (such as amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles measured using biomarkers) on functional brain systems and use longitudinal experimental designs and advanced statistical models to understand the sequence of changes in early stages of neurodegenerative diseases. Finally, we aim to develop disease-stage specific imaging and cognitive markers that allow to detect cognitive impairment but also to monitor cognitive and brain decline. Here we focus particularly on digital cognitive markers using remote testing via mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers and their combination with biomarkers for future health care and clinical trial applications.

Your tasks

Our group has only recently been established and we are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to join our team. You should be passionate about neuroimaging, neuropsychology and understanding cognitive impairment with its underlying brain dysfunction in early stages of neurodegenerative diseases (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease). Your tasks will include to prepare, apply and interpret comprehensive cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses on neuroimaging (e.g. MRI, fMRI) and cognitive data (e.g. neuropsychological assessments and high-frequency smartphone-based cognitive data). You will work on samples including cognitively normal individuals and those in preclinical and clinical stages of Alzheimer’s disease with defined biomarker profiles. A crucial part of your work will be coding/programming and statistical analyses and there is the opportunity to develop novel experimental task paradigms. You will also have the opportunity to present your research to the scientific community at meetings, international conferences and by means of publications. Moreover, you will communicate and discuss your research in regular internal meetings and collaborate with other groups at the DZNE, external institutes or our international network of collaborators.


  • PhD in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, biostatistics, medicine or related fields.
  • Experience in human neuroimaging (structural and functional MRI) and image analyses (e.g. SPM, ANTS, FSL)
  • Experience in longitudinal modelling of neuroimaging and neuropsychological data
  • Experience in programming and advanced statistics (e.g. R, Matlab, Python, Shell scripting)
  • Experience with experimental task design and experiment programming
  • Good communication skills and ability to work in a team
  • 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 as well as a stimulating and friendly work environment with ample opportunities to acquire new skills and experience for your scientific qualification. Team members will benefit from a collaborative local research environment with several labs working in the area of neurodegenerative diseases, cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging as well as from a dense network of international collaborators. The DZNE is an equal opportunity employer. It is committed to employing disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The job location is Magdeburg, Germany. Review of applications will begin immediately. We intend to fill the position as quickly as possible.

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Contact details

Dr. David Berron

Working hours


Contract length

2 years, extension possible

Payment, social benefits

according to TVöD Bund

Application deadline

June 30th, 2021

You will obtain 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.