ESI / Max Planck Research Group in the area of “Primate Neuroscience” – Frankfurt 2018


The Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI)
and the Max Planck Society
announce an

ESI / Max Planck Research Group

in the area of “Primate Neuroscience”

Research at the ESI aims at understanding the mechanisms behind the core cognitive functions of humans. Because access to the human brain is severely restricted, approaches in humans are combined with approaches in appropriate animal model systems. One animal model system of particular relevance is the non-human primate, because the brain and the cognitive repertoire of primates is particularly similar to humans.

The research group will focus on fundamental questions in neuroscience that can best be addressed by using the specific opportunities afforded by neuroscientific approaches in primates. Candidates might combine this with approaches in other mammalian species or in human subjects. The Research Group will be established at the ESI (, a brain research institute with the format of a Max Planck Institute, which is financed by the Ernst Strüngmann Foundation and operating in close cooperation with the Max-Planck-Society.

Funding for the Research Group comes from the Max Planck Foundation and covers a set-up package, the position of the group leader, one post-doctoral and two PhD student fellowships, a technician, secretarial support, plus consumables, and is (initially) for 5 years. Candidates should have a successful track record including primate neuroscience.

Successful candidates will be invited to a symposium on 14 March 2019 at the ESI in Frankfurt. Invitations for the symposium will be sent at least 2 months in advance.

The ESI provides an animal facility including a rhesus and a marmoset facility, and access to the nearby Brain Imaging Center (BIC) with two research dedicated MRI and one MEG system.
The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science is an independent, non-profit research organization that primarily promotes and supports basic research. The society currently operates 80 institutes and research facilities with more than 23,400 employees, including 4,400 scientists.

The ESI and the Max-Planck-Society intend to enhance the proportion of women in areas, where they are underrepresented, and therefore encourage women to apply. ESI and MPS are also committed to employing disabled persons and welcome their application.

Applications should include a CV, a list of publications, one-page summaries of scientific achievements and research plans, and two letters of recommendation. Please send your application in PDF format no later than 18 November 2018to:

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