PhD Position in the Overall Field of Cognition Research

Max Planck School of Cognition
Germany (DE)
October 09 2020
Organization Type

Multiple PhD Positions in the Overall Field of Cognition Research


The Max Planck School of Cognition is offering multiple doctoral positions in areas related to cognition research such as artificial intelligence, biology, (cognitive) neuroscience, genetics, linguistics, mathematics, neurobiology, neuroimaging, neurology, neurophysics, philosophy, physics, psychiatry, and psychology.

Start date of the program is September 1st 2021.

Thefour-year doctoral program starts with a one-year orientation period followed by three years of research for the doctorate. Students can apply with a Bachelor’s (fast-track) or a Master’s degree. During the orientation period, there is an emphasis on teaching and prolonged laboratory rotations in three different labs of fellows of the Max Planck School of Cognition. An important feature of the orientation period is, that doctofral candidates can acquire interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary perspectives on a common research theme (e.g., by combining artificial intelligence and cognitive neuroscience or psychology and basic anatomy). The orientation year as well as the three years of research for the doctorate are fully financed.

The school is comprised of an outstanding and world-renowned cluster of faculty researchers from diverse scientific backgrounds representing many different facettes of cognition research. Our researchers come from Max Planck Institutes, German Universities, Helmholtz Association and Fraunhofer Society. Doctoral positions will be associated with one of these laboratories after the orientation year.

Please consult our webpage ( to identify potential supervisors if accepted into the program.                                                                               

Applications need to be submitted via our application portal ( until December 1st 2020 for a start date of September 1st 2020. Admission to the school is highly competitive. The Max Planck School of Cognition will accept up to 27 doctoral candidates in the academic year 2020-2021.

Applicants will be notified by email about the decision of the selection committee. Candidates on the short-list will be invited for interviews in February 2021 before a final decision is made.

The Max Planck School of Cognition wishes to increase the participation of women wherever they are underrepresented; therefore, applications from women are particularly encouraged. Following its commitment to an equal opportunities employment policy, the Max Planck School of Cognition also especially encourages persons with a disability to submit their applications.