registration number: fb13-0023-wmz-2023


Entry date:
as soon as possible


Application deadline:


E 13 TV-H


3 years


Volume of employment:
part-time (65 %)

The Philipps University, founded in 1527, offers multiple award-winning teaching for around 22,000 students and tackles the important issues of our time with excellent research across a broad spectrum of science.

At the Deparment of Physics, Neurophysics group is currently accepting applications for a

Doctoral Researcher (PhD)

The position is offered for a period of 3 years, if no former times of qualification must be considered. The starting date is as soon as possible. The position is part-time (65 % of regular working hours) with salary and benefits commensurate with a public service position in the state Hesse, Germany (TV-H E 13, 65 %).

The aim of the project is to investigate mechanisms of attention and perceptual constancy in depth (3D). Visual constancy, i.e., the stability of perception despite eye movements, is typically investigated with “flat” 2D stimuli, ignoring the depth dimension. However, eye movements in natural behavior almost always include a vergence (depth) component. We are surprisingly ignorant about the effects of the third dimension on visual processing and visual stability. The PhD student will be in charge of conducting behavioral studies in human observers to investigate related questions such as what are the spatial and temporal extents of the deployment of attention in depth, how it interacts with eye-movements, or how it contributes to produce a sense of visual stability in the visual scene. These behavioral studies will be matched by physiological recordings in non-human primates. The student will not be required to be involved in the physiological recordings, but will be offered the opportunity if interested.


  • include scientific services in research
  • Conduct behavioral studies in human observers
  • Coordinate with international collaborators
  • Optionally collect and/or analyze data from Non-Human Primates

The position is limited to a time period deemed adequate for the completion of a doctoral degree. As part of the assigned duties, there will be ample opportunity to conduct the independent scientific research necessary for the completion of a doctorate. The limitation complies to § 2, 1 WissZeitVG.


  • MSc-degree or equivalent in physics, neuro science or equivalent fields
  • Experience with behavioral experiments in human observers is a plus
  • Experience with programming (MATLAB, Python, R, etc.) is beneficial
  • Fluency in English

Disposition to own scientific qualification (e.g. a doctorate project in the neurosciences) is expected.

We actively support the professional development of junior researchers, e.g. by the offers of Marburg Research Academy (MARA), the International Office and the Higher Education Didactics Office.

Contact for more Information

Prof. Dr. Frank Bremmer (AG Neurophysik)

+49 6421-28 21314


We support women and strongly encourage them to apply. In areas where women are underrepresented, female applicants will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. As a certified family-friendly university, we support our employees in balancing family and career. A reduction of working time is possible. Applicants with a disability as discribed in SGB IX (§ 2 Abs. 2, 3) will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. Application and interview costs can not be refunded.

Please apply by 24.09.2023 using the button below.

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