PhD student in Cognitive Neuro-ergonomics/Applied Experimental Psychology (m/f/d)

Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors (IfADo), Dortmund

'Forschungsgesellschaft für Arbeitsphysiologie und Arbeitsschutz e.V. Dortmund’ (legal entity name) is a research institution institutionally funded by the German Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is the sponsor of ’Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors at TU Dortmund’ (IfADo). IfADo explores the risks and potentials of modern work in interdisciplinary approaches. We combine the disciplines of Ergonomics, Immunology, Toxicology, Psychology and Neurosciences.

For reinforcement the Department of Ergonomics is seeking to hire a

PhD student in Cognitive Neuro-ergonomics/Applied Experimental Psychology (m/f/d)

as soon as possible.

The position is available from now on and is limited to a period of 3 years.

The prerequisites for employment are a degree in psychology, ergonomics, cognitive science or biology and very good knowledge in at least one of these fields. Excellent methodological skills, as well as experience in the presentation and publication of scientific results are required.

The successful applicant will plan and conduct neuroscientific studies in the field of applied experimental psychology. The research will comprise a variety of neuroergonomic topics like the distribution of cognitive resources, task engagement versus disengagement, mental fatigue, and mind wandering. The methodological focus will be placed on EEG research, ranging from laboratory experiments to mobile EEG studies in more natural settings. The tasks will also comprise data analysis and the preparation of manuscripts for publication in international peer reviewed journals.

Our requirements:

The applicant should have a completed degree in psychology, cognitive science, or equivalent. Further requirements are interest in working at the intersection of basic and applied neuroscientific research, good English language skills, the ability for teamwork, openness for working with participants as well as excellent methodological foundations. Desired abilities are experience in the presentation and publication of scientific results, programming skills and knowledge about the collection and analysis of EEG data.

Our offer:

IfADo is an interdisciplinary institute in the field of labor and occupational research. Basically, the institute has all the methods of cognitive neuroscience at its disposal, as well as a high level of competence ranging from cell biology to occupational medicine. The research work is thus integrated into an interdisciplinary concept. Special attention is paid to the utilization of findings from basic research for real applications in the working environment.

  • Remuneration and social benefits on the basis of the public service collective agreement, TV-L pay group 13
  • Promotion of professional development (PhD)
  • Outstanding research infrastructure and technical support (simulation laboratories, EEG (mobile and stationary), stress laboratory, fMRI, non-invasive brain stimulation)
  • A positive working environment in a supporting team
  • Flexible working hours to enable family and work to be agreed
  • An interesting, responsible, and varied workplace
  • Attractive region with many cultural activities

Our Forschungsgesellschaft promotes equal opportunities for women and men and is certified accordingly.

The application of women is expressly desired.

Applications of severely handicapped women and men are given preference if the suitability is otherwise the same.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Edmund Wascher, Phone: +49-231 1084-362, wascher(at)ifado.de.

Have we aroused your interest?

Please send your application with the usual documents (curriculum vitae, academic career, copies of certificates, list of grades, list of publications) until the 31.1.20 preferably by mail to bewerbung(at)ifado.de.

Alternatively, you can also send your application by post to the following address:

Forschungsgesellschaft für Arbeitsphysiologie und Arbeitsschutz e.V.


Ardeystr. 67

D-44139 Dortmund

We ask you to submit application documents only in copies and not in folders as the documents are not returned. These will be destroyed by privacy after expiration of the retention period.

General information about IfADo can be found at www.ifado.de.