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Two PhD positions

The German Primate Center (DPZ) - Leibniz Institute for Primate Research conducts basic research in the fields of primate biology, infection research and neuroscience. The DPZ maintains four field sta-tions and is a competence and reference center for research on and with primates. The DPZ is one of the 96 research and infrastructure facilities of the Leibniz Association.
The Social Neurobiology Lab at the German Primate Center (DPZ) is offering from April 2024:

Two PhD positions

The PhD positions are initially available for three years. We are flexible when it comes to the start date, and contract extensions are possible. The successful applicants will be accepted into a graduate school of the Göttingen campus.

The Social Neurobiology Lab investigates the neuronal basis of social connection in humans and non-human primates. We use behavioral testing and neuronal recordings. One PhD project aims to examine the behavioral and neuronal mechanisms of prosocial behavior and group cooperation in both marmosets and humans. The second PhD project aims to investigate the neuronal and behavioral mechanisms of social preferences using behavioral testing, functional imaging, and chemoge-netics. In this project, you will closely collaborate with the Perception and Plasticity Group led by Caspar Schwiedrzik and Michael Ortiz-Rios of the Functional Imaging lab. For more information, visit our website, Social Neurobiology Lab.

The Ph.D. students should have a degree (M.Sc. or equivalent in neuroscience, Psychology, Biology, or similar), a passion for social interactions and their neuronal basis, and strong quantitative and experimental skills. Prior experience with data analyses, behavioral testing, imaging, programming, or molecular biology is an asset but optional. We offer a pleasant work environment, modern work equipment, flexible and family-friendly working hours, and the possibility to occasionally work from home or remotely.

We welcome diversity and applications from qualified people regardless of their ethnic, cultural, and social origins, regardless of their gender, religion, ideology, disability, age, or sexual identity. Applicants with disabilities and equal qualifications will be given preferential consideration. We kindly ask you to indicate any disabilities in your application.

The appointment at DPZ is in accordance with the civil service regulations. The salary classification follows the TV-L (public service).

Please send your written application via E-Mail by 29.02.2024 under the keyword "Social neurobiology PhD student" with the usual documents to bewerbung(at) Further information about the po-sition can be obtained from the group leader, Dr. Baez-Mendoza via E-Mail rbaezmendoza(at)

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