Scientific Researcher am IFB Adipositas Erkrankungen

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The Integrated Research and Treatment Center ‘AdiposityDiseases’ (IFB
Adipositas Erkrankungen) at the University of Leipzig is offering

Scientific Researcher

(incl. opportunity for PhD)

in the project ‘Neurocognitive mechanisms in obesity and binge eating
disorder from adolescence to adulthood’ under the supervision of Dr.
Lorenz Deserno and Dr. Annette Horstmann.
The goal of this project is the development of detailed models of
brain function with respect to cognitive control mechanisms and their
alterations in adolescent and adult obesity and binge eating disorder
using behavioral and neurobiological measures. This work will combine
structural and in particular task-based functional magnetic resonance
imaging (MRI) with a strong emphasis on analyzing these data by
methods of computational modeling. These methods mainly focus on
generative models of learning and decision-making for so-called
“model-based” fMRI but could also be extended towards modeling of
neuronal dynamics.
The position will be embedded in the O’Brain Lab
( in cooperation with the Department of Child
and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Leipzig. Research will be
conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain
Sciences in Leipzig, an internationally leading centre for cognitive
neuroscience and neuroimaging. The research team offers a
multidisciplinary and international environment with excellent
research facilities and infrastructure including a 7T and several 3T
MRI scanners.
· The ideal candidate holds a university degree (Masters or
equivalent) in Neurobiology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Biology,
Psychology or similar and has strong interests in cognitive
neuroscience and neurotransmitter systems to understand (mal-)
adaptive behaviors of clinical relevance as in obesity and binge
eating disorder. Prior experience in behavioral and clinical
assessment and neuroimaging as well as programming skills are of
· A solid background in statistics and a high proficiency in
oral and written German and English are prerequisites. The position
will involve data collection (recruitment, clinical assessments) with
adolescent and adult individuals with obesity and patients suffering
from binge eating disorder.
The position is available for up to 2.5 years, prospectively starting
in 11/2017, depending on release of funds. Salary is based on the
German public service regulations (E13, TV-L, 50%). The call will
remain open until the position is filled.
Complete applications include a cover letter, CV, letters of
reference, copies of university degrees and additional certificates
(if applicable). Applications should be sent as a single PDF file
(max. 10 MB) to quoting reference BED_OBESITY.
The University of Leipzig is an equal opportunity employer. We
particularly welcome applications from female scientists and from
people with disability.Informal inquiries may be made to Dr. Lorenz
Deserno ( and Dr. Annette Horstmann

Annette Horstmann, PhD

Head of Junior Research Group ‘Decision-making in Obesity’ | IFB
AdiposityDiseases, University Medical Center, Leipzig
Neurocognitive Models of Behavioral Control in Obesity | SFB 1052
‘Obesity Mechanisms’
Department of Neurology | Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and
Brain Sciences

Stephanstraße 1A | 04103 Leipzig, Germany
+49 (0) 341 99 40 2258