Postdoctoral or Group Leader in Cognition Epidemiology/Cognitive Neuroscience


The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)


Bonn, Germany


For further information, please contact Prof Monique M.B. Breteler (

Employment, payment, and social benefits are determined by the Public Sector Collective Agreement (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst). Job location is Bonn, Germany. The DZNE is an equal opportunity employer. The DZNE especially welcomes and encourages disabled individuals to apply.

Interested candidates should send their applications including CV with full publication list, the names and contact information of three references, and a summary of research interests in a single file to: Reference Code 1205/2013/10

References may be taken up as part of the candidate selection and prior to interview. Applicants who do not wish references to be contacted without prior notice and consent should make this explicitly clear on their application.

Review of application will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


The German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) is a center of excellence within the Helmholtz Association that performs translational research on neurodegenerative diseases. The center includes nine high-performing sites in Berlin, Bonn, Dresden, Göttingen, Magdeburg, Munich, Rostock/Greifswald, Tübingen, and Witten.

Population Research at the DZNE aims to investigate causes and biomarkers of neurodegenerative diseases, and to study normal and pathological brain structure and function over the adult life course. To this end the team, led by Prof. Monique M.B. Breteler, Director of Population Health Sciences of the DZNE, is establishing the Rhineland Study, a prospective population-based cohort study that will include up to 30,000 people aged 30 years and over.

The study facilities encompass three recruitment centers equipped with state-of-the art apparatus including 3T MRI scanners (Siemens Prisma), advanced bio-banking facilities, and large data storage and computational resources. The cohort emphasizes extensive phenotyping, which also includes detailed cognitive assessments and neuropsychological testing.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious researcher who will further develop this research area within the framework of the study. Responsibilities include development and implementation of relevant study protocols, supervision and monitoring of data acquisition and processing, analysis of data and preparation of manuscripts for publication in international journals, initiation of new research projects, and mentoring of graduate and Ph.D. students.


Successful candidates hold an excellent Ph.D. in epidemiology, cognitive neurosciences, (neuro)psychology, or related discipline and have a strong research background in cognition epidemiology, including cognitive development over the lifespan and adaptive testing in large-scale studies.

Working experience in epidemiological research or large-scale clinical studies is highly desirable. Demonstrable interest in quantitative research, strong analytical skills, ability for independent and critical thinking, and excellent communication and writing skills in the English language are a prerequisite.

Creative, highly motivated, and team-oriented candidates who dare to take initiative and enjoy working in a fast-growing, dynamic research environment in an internationally oriented biomedical institution are strongly encouraged to apply. We offer a scientific position with a long-term perspective and the possibility to develop this research area.