Vacant PhD student postion “Fear conditioning and cognitive control” in Würzburg

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Please note: There are two open positions (PhD student + PostDoc), the PostDoc position will be posted seperately.

The Research Group “Cognitive Control in the Context of Stress and Healthy” at the Institute for Psychology of the University of Würzburg invites applications for a

PhD student position (50% regular working time).

Starting date is 1st of February 2018 at the earliest (later start possible). The salary will be based on per-sonal qualifications following TV-L. The position offers the option for own scientific qualification (i.e., PhD).

The research group (Head: Dr. Andre Pittig) is centered in the intersection of experimental and clinical psychology and psychotherapy. It examines the associations between distress, aversive learning, and cog-nitive control processes and their relevance for mental disorders and mental health. Key focus is the inves-tigation of emotional approach-avoidance conflicts, their bio-behavioral mechanisms, and their relevance for the development, maintenance, and exposure-based treatment of anxiety and related disorders.

Research Tasks:
Your tasks will mainly involve independent planning, conducting, analyzing, and publishing experimental and/or clinical projects within the research focus of the group. In addition, the position comprises teaching in psychology for bachelor and master students (2,5 SWS).

We offer:
Exciting, independent, and ambitious research in the intersection of experimental and clinical psychology and psychotherapy within a highly prestigious research institute. The institute features comprehensive re-search equipment (such as psychophysiology, virtual reality labs, EEG, eye-tracking, etc.). A friendly work-ing environment within a young, dynamic, and motivated team. The research group is embedded in the Chair of Psychology I and therefore offers excellent possibilities for scientific and social exchange and co-operation, development of independent research projects, and advancing your own qualifications.

Excellent university degree in psychology (clinical or experimental) or a related area (master’s degree or equivalent degree). Applicants should have a strong research interest in the area of experimental psycho-pathology and psychotherapy, first experience in planning and conducting experimental and/or clinical re-search studies, profound knowledge in methods and statistics, very good English skills, high independence and flexibility, and high motivation and commitment. Experience in assessing and analyzing psychophysiological data (e.g., EDA, EMG, EKG, etc.) and/or programming experience (e.g., Presentation) are of advantage, but not required.

The University of Würzburg is an equal opportunity employer in compliance with the German disability laws and aims to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities will be favored when equally qualified.

Application by email is preferred. To apply, please send a full application (in either English or German lan-guage) including CV, publication list (if applicable), one-sided research and motivation letter, and copies of all relevant certificates to Prof. Paul Pauli, Lehrstuhl für Psychologie – Biologische Psychologie, Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, Marcusstraße 9-11, 97070 Würzburg, Email: Informal inqeries can be made at:
Application deadline is January 10th, 2018. Please note that your application will not be returned, only send copies. Interview expenses cannot be reimbursed.