The Universities of Giessen, Marburg, and Darmstadt together with the University of Frankfurt and the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) aim strategically to further strengthen research in the field of Mind, Brain, and Behavior by establishing a cluster project The Adaptive Mind. Supported by the Hessen State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts, applications for
11 Doctoral researcher positions (65%, 75% or 100%) and
12 PostDoc positions (100%)
are invited. The positions are available immediately and are fixed maximally up to 31.03.2025. If the requirements are met, the position will be paid according to pay group 13. The place of employment will be Giessen, Marburg, Darmstadt or Frankfurt.
In The Adaptive Mind, we combine rigorous behavioral and neurophysiological research methods and theories from experimental psychology, with the unique patient-oriented insights of psychiatry and clinical psychology and the power of quantitative analysis and computational modeling by artificial intelligence. Our goal is to observe empirically, describe quantitatively, and model computationally how the human mind continually adapts in an ever-changing and often unpredictable world. Further details about the cluster project, the Key Research Areas, the Principle Investigators and conditions of application can be found at www.theadaptivemind.de.
For the doctoral researcher positions, we invite the application of highly qualified applicants with a Masters degree from life-,
biomedical- and natural sciences including psychology, or computer science. The successful PostDoc applicants will have a doctorate in any of the following areas: experimental psychology, cognitive sciences, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, robotics, sensorimotor control, computational psychiatry, or other allied fields. Experience in motion tracking, virtual reality, machine learning or other computational approaches are beneficial.
The successful applicants will join a thriving research community with strong regional, national and international connections as documented among others by numerous high-profile individual (e. g., 8 ERC grants) and group grants (e.g., the Collaborative Research Center (SFB/TRR
135) on Cardinal Mechanisms of Perception, the IRTG 1901 The Brain in Action, the Research Unit RU 2107 Neurobiology of Psychiatric Disorders, the Centre for Cognitive Science and the Hessian Center for Artificial Intelligence – hessian.AI, as well as other collaborative research endeavors).
All participating institutions are committed to increasing the proportion of women in science, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for the positions. All participating institutions are family-friendly institutions, applicants with children are warmly welcomed. Applicants with severe disabilities will be given preference over other candidates with equal suitability for the position.
Application and interview costs cannot be refunded.
Please send your application (incl. CV, Research statement, 2 Reference letters, Scans of degree certificates) mentioning reference number 293/06 as a single PDF file to Dr. Filipp Schmidt, Research Coordinator Mechanisms of Perception and Adaption
Application procedure: All applications are received centrally by the research coordinator of the priority research area “Perception and Adaptation”, Dr. Filipp Schmidt at Justus-Liebig University Giessen.
The application documents will be made available to the selection committee, consisting of the cluster PIs and of representatives of the partner universities, following the highest standards for data protection. Please specify in your application to which of the research fields specified below you are applying. Staff representatives of all partner universities will be invited to the job interviews. Employment is at the partner university the position is assigned to, following the salary scales applicable locally.
Research areas: All research in our Cluster tries to combine Experimental Psychology and Movement Sciences, Artificial Intelligence and Computational Cognitive Science, as well as Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry. The focus for each position will be as follows:. At Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen (JLU) Experimental Psychology and Movement Sciences (4 PostDoc and 4 Doctoral researcher positions 75%).
At Philipps-Universität Marburg (UMR) Experimental Psychology (2 Doctoral researcher positions 75%), Computational Cognitive Science (1 PostDoc position), Clinical Psychology (1 PostDoc position), Psychiatry (2 PostDoc und 1 Doctoral researcher positions 75%). At Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUDa) Artificial Intelligence and Computational Cognitive Science (4 PostDoc and 2 Doctoral researcher positions 100%). At Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (GU) Experimental Psychology (1 Doctoral researcher position 65%). At FIAS Computational Cognitive Science (1 Doctoral researcher position 65%).