The Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, department of Prof. Li Zhaoping (Dept of Sensory and Sensorimotor Systems), in collaboration with Prof. Klaus Scheffler (Dept of High-field magnetic resonance imaging), is looking for a highly skilled and motivated individual to work on projects to probe the hierarchical feedforward and feedback brain networks behind visual attentional and perceptual processes using human psychophysics techniques and High-field or 3T fMRI methodologies (e.g., laminar fMRI). The framework and motivation of the projects can be found at The visual processes can involve, for example, visual search tasks, stereo vision tasks, visual illusions, and will be discussed during the application process. When needed, TMS and/or EEG, eye tracking, and other methodologies can be used in combination with fMRI/MRI. The postdoc will be working closely with the principal investigators and other members of their teams.


We are currently hiring for a


Postdoctoral position in Human Psychophysics with High field and/or 3T fMRI (m/f/d) (TVöD-Bund E13, 100%)


to join us at the next opportunity.



  • Conduct and participate in research projects such as lab and equipment set up, data collection, data analysis, writing reports and papers, and presenting at scientific conferences.

  • Participate in routine laboratory operations, such as planning and preparations for experiments, lab maintenance and lab procedures.

  • Coordinate with the PIs and other team members for strategies and project planning.

  • Participate in mentoring and supervision of student projects.



  • Ph.D. in neuroscience, psychology, computer science, physics or a related natural science or engineering field.

  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Highly skilled in techniques of human visual psychophysics and fMRI such as MATLAB programming for experiments, experimental data taking, data analysis, and paper writing.

  • Skills in high field/laminar fMRI is highly desirable.

  • Experience in project management is a plus.

  • Strong command of English; knowledge of German is a plus.


Who we are:
Prof. Li Zhaoping heads a multidisciplinary department of sensory and sensorimotor transforms in the brain ( and Prof. Klaus Scheffler heads the department of high-field magnetic resonance imaging ( You will have the opportunity to learn other skills in our multidisciplinary group and benefit from interactions with our colleagues in the university and at the Max-Planck-Institute as well as internationally. The position (salary level TVöD-Bund E13, 100%) is for an initial duration of one year, and renewable to additional years. We seek to raise the number of women in research and teaching and therefore urge qualified women to apply. Disabled persons will be preferred in case of equal qualification.

Your application:
The position is available immediately and will be open until filled. Preference will be given to applications received by November 30, 2021. We look forward to receiving your application that includes a cover letter, your curriculum vitae, relevant certificates, and three names and contacts for reference letters) electronically only through this job portal (

Informal inquiries can be addressed to Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.