What we offer

We seek 12 outstanding advanced postdocs who already have ca. 2 years of research experience and who want to advance their careers in an inspiring environment that fosters interdisciplinary approaches. They will receive a full postdoc salary for a minimum of 3 years. Eight of them will be based at the Ruhr University Bochum (www.rub.de) and four will be based at the University Duisburg-Essen (www.uni-due.de). They will have the opportunity to engage in innovative research, to actively collaborate with PIs in both universities, and to cultivate their academic skills in a vibrant and stimulating environment with a plethora of possibilities to engage in prestigious collaborative research consortia. Both universities offer a wide range of structural measures to foster diversity, equality, and a family-friendly work environment. We also provide mentoring and support for grant writing. The deadline for application is Febuary 27, 2022. This program is funded by the Mercator Center Ruhr (Mercur) and will start earliest on April 1, 2022

Applicants should have an excellent PhD in a research topic related to neuroscience or cognitive sciences, including social psychology and philosophy of mind and cognition. They should also already have published in high-ranking peer-reviewed journals. The postdoc positions offer a focus on research only (no teaching or administration). It is expected that the successful candidates submit a proposal for a competitive peer-reviewed grant (ERC Starting Grant, Emmy Noether, Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, etc.) during the first two years of the postdoc period. Candidate selection will be based on whether submission of such a proposal is a realistic goal in addition to usual measures of scientific excellence.

Applications should be send to thinkatruhr@ruhr-uni-bochum.de and consist of the following documents in one PDF file: CV; research statement; certificates and records; list of publications and talks; and names of 2 referees. Furthermore, the two best publications (published or accepted) should be attached. The research statement should outline your research proposal plan for a competitive peer-reviewed grant during your postdoc period in maximally 3 pages (excluding references). Please explicitly describe the connections of this proposal to one or more of the THINK@Ruhr research questions outlined on What We Research. The candidates will associate themselves with one or more faculty members who are named there. We welcome proposals that provide bridges between two of the project proposals. Deadline of application is Febuary 27, 2022, starting on 1st of April 2022 at the earliest, first contract duration is three years.

THINK@Ruhr will foster and support any research activities of the postdocs. Our universities offer attractive academic career track options and family friendly conditions. Ruhr University Bochum and University of Duisburg-Essen are committed to promoting the careers of women and minority groups and therefore strongly welcome applications from respective candidates. As an equal opportunities employer, we also encourage applications from suitably qualified disabled candidates.

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Interested? - This is what you have to do

Send your application as a single PDF to thinkatruhr@ruhr-uni-bochum.de by Febuary 27, 2022.

        • Include your CV with certificates, list of publications, grants, and talks.

        • Tell us which of the project proposals listed here is your first and your second choice.

        • Shortly describe your conceivable research in this field as well as your research proposal plan for a competitive peer-reviewed grant (ERC Starting Grant, Emmy Noether, Freigeist, etc.) during your postdoc period in maximally 3 pages (excluding references).

        • Shortly outline whether your research could bridge key research areas of THINK@Ruhr.

        • Name two referees.

        • Send us your two best publications (published or accepted).

        • Indicate what your earliest time to start your postdoc stay could be.

If you have further questions, please write to thinkatruhr@ruhr-uni-bochum.de.
ontent-related questions on the job postings, namely the work packages in Essen and Bochum, will answer Ulrike Bingel responsible for Essen, and Onur Güntürkün for Bochum.

The legally valid announcements in the university job portals are here: RUB: https://l.rub.de/bb771a0c, UDE: https://l.rub.de/737f6a22