Postdoc position

Full-time position as research fellow available at the Department of Psychiatry Uniklinik RWTH Aachen University (Post-Doc, 100%, pay grade TV-L 13). The position is initially limited for 2 years, but a prolongation is possible.
The interdisciplinary research projects in our work group are translational and pursue multimodal imaging techniques as well as behavioral, electrophysiological and neuroendocrinological approaches and data. Modern analytical methods to assess network characteristics are applied on big fMRI data sets.
Eligible candidates are expected to develop and conduct their own research field within the thematic focus of the work group, preferably in methodological development of analytical tools in neuroimaging, big data and machine learning.
Fields of responsibility:

• Cooperation and own initiative in writing research grant proposals
• Designing and conducting of research projects, including analyses of multimodal data sets
• Publication of results in peer reviewed journals
• Presentation of research activities on national and international conferences
• Supervision of Bachelor and Master theses as well as medical doctoral theses
We expect:
• PhD or equivalent graduation in a discipline relevant to the described position (computational neuroscience, medical engineering, computer science, psychology, physics)
• Experience in the field of data science and machine learning
• Data management and programming skills (e.g. Matlab, Python, R)
• A distinctive interest in the neuronal foundations of mental disorders
• Expertise in at least one of the applied methods (fMRI, EEG, PET, specific analytical tools or stimulation methods, neuropsychology, psychopathology)
• Fluent English skills written and spoken
• Excellent expertise in relevant application software (MS Office, SPSS, R)
• Exceptional commitment, load capacity, flexibility, self-reliance, and enjoyment of team work

The research program is situated in the Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance at the RWTH Aachen University and the Research Center Jülich (JARA-BRAIN, The position is embedded in the DFG-funded International Research Training Group “The Neuroscience of Modulating Aggression and Impulsivity in Psychopathology” (IRTG 2150,, which maintains an intensive collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania (USA).
The RWTH Aachen University advocates gender equity, thus applications of women are emphatically welcome. Severely handicapped persons with identical eligibility are preferred.
Please send informative applications preferably in PDF-format per Email to Prof. Dr. Ute Habel ( or to Prof. Dr. Natalya Chechko (

Fellowships for Medical Students

The IRTG “The Neuroscience of Modulating Aggression and Impulsivity in Psychopathology” also offers fellowships for excellent medical students. Doctoral theses matching the research interests of the IRTG 2150 can receive a monthly funding of € 835 for a maximum duration of one year. Research topics are focused on the neurobiology of pathological aggression and impulsivity. In agreement with the supervisors the research activities can take place during the regular study time.

Applications can be submitted via email and should include:

  • CV
  • one letters of recommendation
  • motivation letter

Overview of Curriculum

      • Bi-weekly internal/external meetings
      • Monthly Journal Club
      • Scientific writing workshop (mandatory)
      • Other workshops depending on needs/wishes of members
      • Clinical Rotation if no prior clinical education/experience
      • Logbook
      • Thesis outline
      • research stay of at least 6 months at Penn
      • Spring school
      • Final IRTG certificate

Please, submit all you documents to