18 January 2010

Postdoctoral position in Cognitive Neuroscience group

Application deadline: 12 February 2010

A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the newly established Cognitive Neuroscience Group (Professor Niko Busch) at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain.

Our research focuses on the neural and cognitive mechanisms of visual perception and cognition. We combine psychophysical techniques with state-of-the-art EEG analyses. Topics include visual object and scene recognition, change blindness, masking, time perception and the temporal aspects of perception and cognition. In addition, we investigate the role of EEG oscillations in perception and cognition. The research facilities comprise a 128-channel EEG and psychophysics lab (access to other facilities like MRI, TMS, etc. may be possible).

Representative publications:

  • Wu, Busch, Fabre-Thorpe, VanRullen (2009) The temporal interplay between conscious and unconscious perceptual streams. Curr Biol 19: 23. 2003-2007
  • Busch, Dubois, VanRullen (2009) The phase of ongoing EEG oscillations predicts visual perception. J Neurosci 29: 24. 7869-7876
  • Busch, Fründ, Herrmann (2009) Electrophysiological Evidence for Different Types of Change Detection and Change Blindness. J Cogn Neurosci
  • Busch, Herrmann, Müller, Lenz, Gruber (2006) A cross-laboratory study of event-related gamma activity in a standard object recognition paradigm. Neuroimage 33: 4. 1169-1177

The successful candidate will be a member of the Berlin School of Mind and Brain at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Research and training at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain focuses on the interface between the humanities and the neurosciences. The School is situated in a lively part of central Berlin. More information about the School and its research environment can be found on the websites: http://www.mind-and-brain.de, http://www.neuroscience-berlin.de, http://www.charite.de.

The successful candidate will be part of a young and dynamic research group. He or she will be strongly encouraged to develop his/her own research lines within the framework of the group´s interests.


  • a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience or any other relevant field,
  • solid experience with at least one experimental technique relevant to the above-mentioned research topics (e.g., psychophysics, EEG, TMS, fMRI, etc.),
  • publication(s) in international journals,
  • good programming and statistical skills,
  • excellent skills in written and spoken English,
  • strong motivation

The full-time position is remunerated according to public service research salary BAT-O IIa AnwTV HU and available until 31 October 2011 (extension possible). The position requires teaching at Master’s and Ph.D. level (in German or English; topics according to expertise/background).

Applicants should send a letter quoting the code number DR/002/10 and describing their research experience, a CV, a brief statement of motivation, and the names and contact information of two referees to:

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Professor Dr. Niko Busch
Luisenstraße 56
10099 Berlin, Germany
Or as PDF (preferred) to: niko.busch-please remove this text-@hu-berlin.de.

Published on 18 January 2010. Applications received within four weeks after publication will be assured full consideration.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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