Postdoc – 4 year position – 3T and 7T (fMRI), EEG

Postdoc – 4 year position – 3T and 7T (fMRI), EEG

Website Department of Neurology and Center for Translational Neuro- and Behavioral Sciences (C-TNBS), Essen University Hospital, University of Duisburg-Essen

Start Date: 01.07.2024 dependent on the final approval of the SFB/TRR 289 (Treatment Expectation) by the DFG’s Joint Committee

Your tasks:
• You will work on the subproject “How does the cerebellum contribute to placebo hypoalgesia and nocebo hyperalgesia”, which is being carried out as part of the second funding phase of the Collaborative Research Center/TRR 289 “Treatment Expectation”, subject to approval.

• The aim of the project is to show that the cerebellum plays a role in positive and negative treatment expectations and to understand how the cerebellum may contribute to placebo hypoalgesia and nocebo hyperalgesia. To this end, you will conduct two studies. In one study, patients with cerebellar degeneration will be examined, including EEG recordings and 3T MRI examinations. The second study will be conducted in healthy volunteers using 7T MRI at the Erwin L. Hahn Institute for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (ELH). The focus of the 7T fMRI study is on the possible interactions between the cerebellum and brainstem areas known to be involved in placebo hypoalgesia and nocebo hyperalgesia. You will be responsible to conduct the studies and for the data analysis.

Your profile:
• Diploma or Master’s degree and PhD in a natural science (e.g. physics, computer science or similar) or in neuroscience • Very good programming and computer skills (Matlab, Phyton or similar) • Advanced knowledge in structural and functional brain MRI analysis
• Experience in the evaluation of EEG oscillations and computer modelling is a plus

Contact person and further information about the position:
Prof. Dagmar Timmann, +49 201 723 2180,

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