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for Early Child Development (LFE)


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The project „Cognitive and Neural Dynamics of Memory Across the Lifespan (CONMEM)” at the Center for Lifespan Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, is seeking applications for a

Postdoctoral Research Position
(E 13 TVöD; 39 hours/week)

Funding for the postdoctoral position is available for three years. The position is available from September 1, 2019, or later.

Job Description
The ConMem project (PIs: Dr. Myriam C. Sander & Dr. Markus Werkle-Bergner) investigates lifespan changes in memory functioning at neural and cognitive levels, with a joint focus on working memory and episodic memory (see Sander, et al., Neurosci. Biobehav. Rev., 2012; Shing, et al., Neurosci. Biobehav. Rev., 2010). Future research will advance functional and structural high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging of the hippocampus to track intra-hippocampal changes across the lifespan, in general, and early childhood, in particular. We expect that the post-doctoral researcher will launch a short-term longitudinal study on episodic memory development in the 4-6-year age range.
The successful candidate will have access to an EEG-lab, a 3-Tesla MR scanner, TMS, and eye trackers. The postdoc will supervise students who assist him/her during data analysis and data collection. There are no formal teaching requirements. The project is part of the Center for Lifespan Psychology (director: Ulman Lindenberger) at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (MPIB) in Berlin.

We are searching a postdoc with a strong interest and established expertise in the development of memory functions, and a keen interest in delineating the contributions of pattern separation and pattern completion to memory development in early and middle childhood. The successful applicant is expected to hold a doctoral degree in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, or related fields. The successful applicant needs to possess broad knowledge in cognitive developmental psychology, in combination with outstanding experience in conducting cognitive-experimental research on component processes of memory in children aged 4 to 6 years, including the design of novel experimental paradigms. Interest in acquiring psychometric methods for measuring change and in acquiring a wide range of imaging modalities is required, as is the ability to work independently and high proficiency in English.

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.

The Max Planck Society strives for gender and diversity equality. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.

To apply, please send (as ONE FILE and via email) a statement of research interests, a CV, a copy of relevant certificates, (p)reprints of two publications, and a list of two references, without photo, to
Prof. Dr. Ulman Lindenberger, MPI for Human Development, Lentzeallee 94, 14195 Berlin (seklindenberger@mpib-berlin.mpg.de) until February 12, 2019.

The Max Planck Research Group “Naturalistic Social Cognition”
(Head: Dr. Annie E. Wertz) seeks from 1 April 2019

Student assistants
(41-80 hrs/month)

Are you interested in exploring how babies and toddlers can learn about nature through other people?

The research group “Naturalistic Social Cognition” is looking for talented students in the disciplines Psychology, Anthropology, Evolutionary Biology, Sociology or related subjects, which are taught in an international research group that conducts studies with babies and toddlers. Our research projects are concerned with the question of how babies and toddlers can be treated by others. People learn something about different aspects of nature (e.g. plants) and how they can use this knowledge in new Apply situations. Within the framework of these research projects, a combination of laboratory studies and naturalistic observations. In addition, find in collaboration with other scientists, intercultural and species-comparative studies. The research group is part of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin-Dahlem.

– Strong interest in empirical research
– Experience in dealing with babies and/or toddlers
– Great commitment and reliability, attention to detail and ability to work in a team
– Very good knowledge of English
– Matriculation at a German university
– Experience with methods of behavioral coding, eye tracking, interest in
statistical methods and analysis software (preferably R) or knowledge in the field of image processing
(e.g. Photoshop, Indesign).

To apply, please send us the following documents in German or English:
– Letter of motivation with a short explanation of your study interests
– Curriculum vitae
– Copy of the school leaving certificate
– Copy of existing proofs of academic achievement
– Letter of reference
– Matriculation certificate

The Max Planck Society has set itself the goal of employing more severely disabled people.
Applications from severely handicapped people are expressly welcome.

Please send your application (by e-mail in a single PDF file) by 15 February 2019:
Max Planck Institute for Human Development
MPFG Naturalistic Social Cognition
Heidi Nassimi
Lentze Avenue 94
14195 Berlin

Madlen Bartholmeß
Phone +49 (0) 341 97 31 870