Postdoc position in DFG Collaborative Research Center CRC 1193 “Neurobiology of Resilience“

Topic: translational extinction research (2 years, perspective for 4 more years in 2nd CRC funding period, start 08/18)

A postdoc position is available at Deutsches Resilienz Zentrum (DRZ) at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (near Frankfurt, Germany), in the research group of Prof. Raffael Kalisch. The DRZ is an interdisciplinary institute assembling stress resilience reseachers from the fields of molecular and cellular neuroscience, genetics, physiology, systems and cognitive neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, and social science. The DRZ heads the Collaborative Research Center CRC1193 “Neurobiology of Resilience” (Mainz/Frankfurt; funded by the German Research Foundation), the International Resilience Alliance intresa, and the new EU Horizon project “DynaMORE” (Dynamic MOdelling of REsilience). The DRZ and its partners also run two unique longitudinal cohort studies (Mainz Resilience Project, MARP; Longitudal Resilience Assessment, LORA). The DRZ actively promotes collaboration and networking among resilience researchers world-wide and is strongly engaged in training and dissemination. A key activity is the annual International Symposium on Resilience Research. We now also organize an annual Spring School on the topic. For key programmatic publications, see Kalisch et al., Behav Brain Sci 2015 and Nat Hum Behav 2017; Chmitorz et al., Clin Psychol Rev 2017. The DRZ is situated in the rich collaborative neuroscience landscape of the Rhine-Main area (

The position is part of CRC1193, subproject C01. The project investigates the mechanisms of human fear extinction memory formation, a key resilience mechanism, using advanced imaging techniques in combination with pharmacology and psychophysiology. The project is conducted in close collaboration with Prof. Albrecht Stroh (9.4 T animal MRI, calcium imaging, optogenetics). In case of the successful acquisition of a second CRC funding period in 2020, the position can be extended to 4 more years. The candidate should have a strong background in cognitive affective neuroscience and/or neurophysiology, ideally with experience in emotional learning and memory.

The DRZ and its partner institutions in the Rhine-Main area offer a highly attractive training and collaboration environment, mentoring and career development programs, an extended network of national and international partners, and a vibrant PhD and postdoc community.

Please contact Find R. Kalisch on ResearchGate.