The Division of Social Neuroscience at the Faculty of Medicine as part of the Research Center One Health Ruhr of the University Alliance Ruhr is looking for a 

Postcoctoral Researcher (m,f,x) for 3 years with 39,83 hours per week, TV-L E13

The division "Social Neuroscience" at the Faculty of Medicine is concerned with the study of neurobiological mechanisms of social processes in humans.

We are part of the Research Center One Health Ruhr of the University Alliance Ruhr and of the Department of Medical Psychology and Sociology. The Ruhr University Bochum offers a vibrant scientific environment with excellent opportunities for cooperation. In addition to imaging methods (fNIRS and fMRI), brain stimulation techniques (tDCS), psychophysiological, and hormonal measurements are used in the laboratory. As part of a project funded by the Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR) we want to investigate the neural substrates of social conformity and how they are influenced by acute and chronic interaction experiences (e.g. chronic loneliness). Specifically, we want to examine if social influence induces a domain-general neural prediction error or whether it is inherently coupled to specific domains.

This is a qualifying position in the sense of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (WissZeitVG) with the possibility of developing new research foci (after doctorate) or conducting own research projects in preparation for a habilitation. The position is initially to be filled for a period of 3 years.

extent: full-time
duration: temporary
beginning: as soon as possible
application deadline:

Your tasks:

  • Participation in the MERCUR research project on social conformity
  • Carrying out experimental studies
  • Presentation of the results at scientific conferences
  • Publication of the results in English-language articles
  • Co-supervision of doctoral students, assistants and B.Sc./M.Sc. theses

Your profile:

  • Very good university degree in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field
  • Doctorate in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field (at least thesis submitted)
  • High level of commitment and the ability to work independently
  • Very good knowledge of English
  • Programming skills (Matlab, R, etc.)
  • Interest in a scientific career
  • Knowledge of German is an advantage, but not mandatory
  • Knowledge of one or more of the relevant research methods (fNIRS/fMRI, psychophysiology or tDCS) is an advantage, but not mandatory

Our offerings:

  • challenging and varied tasks with a high level of personal responsibility
  • support from and cooperation with competent colleagues
  • employment at one of the largest universities in Germany within the University Alliance Ruhr
  • fair working hours and family-friendly working
  • other social benefits according to the TV-L

Additional information:

At the request of the applicant (m,f,x), the staff council may be involved in selection interviews.

If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.

German language courses are offered by the University Language Center (ZfA) in the field of German as a Foreign Language (DaF).

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research universities, addressing the whole range of academic disciplines. A highly dynamic setting enables researchers and students to work across the traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. To create knowledge networks within and beyond the university is RUB’s declared aim.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum stands for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective professional areas. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum expressly requests job applications from women. In areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

Contact details for your application:

Prof. Dirk Scheele, Phone: +49234 32 28696

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see:

We look forward to receiving your application with the usual documents, which you should send to Prof. Dirk Scheele, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Social Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine, Universitätsstr. 150, 44801 Bochum, by e-mail as one file in pdf format ( by 01.01.2024 with the specification ANR: 2596.

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