Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position in The Institute for Psychology, University of Bern, Switzerland


Applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position (100%) at the Institute of Psychology of the University of Bern (Switzerland), Section Experimental Psychology and Neuropsychology. Earliest possible starting date for the position is November 1st 2016 or later.

We are seeking a highly motivated and talented research candidate to work on the project “Neurobiology of Optimism and Its Relation to Attention and Social Identification” (funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation). Our research is characterized by the simultaneous assessment of a variety of different measures (based on Eye Tracking, magnetic resonance imaging [MRI], peripheral physiology, reaction times, questionnaires) that can thus be uniquely combined to decode the nature of optimism. The successful candidate’s task will be the analysis of existing MRI data as well as the planning, realization, and analysis of additional experiments. The position also includes the communication of research results (scientific publications, conferences).

Your profile: PhD with excellent scores in one of the following disciplines: Psychology, Neuroscience, Biology, or related fields; Outstanding academic record; Experience in the acquisition and the analysis of neuroscientific data; Familiarity with neuroscientific methods, especially with fMRI; Excellent statistical and programming skills (i.e., Matlab); Experience with brain image analysis using common software packages (e.g., SPM, FSL, FreeSurfer); Strong background in social neuroscience; Good knowledge of written and spoken English as well as good communication skills; Disposition to supervise students (PhD, master, and bachelor level); Flexibility, creativity, and the ability to work independently as well as in a scientific team

We offer: Inspiring research environment with close collaboration in a small, young research team; Unique Possibility to combine various different measures (e.g., Eye Tracking, MRI, peripheral physiology); International research contacts, participation at international conferences; Possibility to significantly extend and strengthen the own publication record

The position is fully-funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and available for an initial period of 2 years. The possibility of an extension depends on additional funding. Candidates should send a CV, copy of relevant certificates, names and full contact details of two referees, and a brief statement describing motivations, personal qualifications, and research interests as well as copies of up to three of their publications by email to Prof. Dr. Tatjana Aue ( Applications can be submitted in English or in German. Informal inquiries and questions should also be addressed to