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Postdoctoral Position (m/f)
The position is available from January 1, 2017, but a later starting date is also
possible. The position is for two years. An extension is possible.
(E 13 TVöD; 39 hours per week)
The successful candidate (m/f) will participate in the project "Healthy minds from 0-100 years: Optimizing the use of European brain imaging cohorts (Lifebrain)". Lifebrain is a consortium funded by the Horizon 2020 Program of the European Commission that aims at integrating and harmonizing data on age differences and changes in brain and cognition from childhood to old age across several major European studies. The successful candidate (m/f) is expected to apply, refine, and develop statistical methods that test and discover risk and protective factors at neural and behavioral levels of analysis. S/he is expected to take an active interest in combining data mining techniques, such as CART, with confirmatory approaches, such as structural equation modeling in developing new statistical tools that meet the needs of the project and in understanding brain-behavior relations. S/he will be given the opportunity to benefit from close research supervision by the local project participants and from interactions with researchers from other sites across Europe. Prerequisites
A doctoral degree in statistics, mathematics, psychology, cognitive neuroscience, computer science, or related fields, formal training in mathematics and statistics, and high levels of proficiency in spoken and written English are required. Prior experience in structural equation modeling, statistical power analysis, exploratory data analysis, or analysis of brain imaging data is desirable. The successful candidate (m/f) is expected to interact with other researchers from groups across Europe (Denmark, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and UK). The Max Planck Institute for Human Development (www.mpib-berlin.mpg.de) offers an excellent infrastructure including support staff and equipment for conducting experiments (e.g., behavioral laboratory, fMRI, EEG, TMS). It provides an international research environment, with English being the working language of the Center for Lifespan Psychology. The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.