Research Training Group (RTG) 2386 “Extrospection. External access to higher cognitive processes”
We are re-advertising 1 doctoral position (Ref. No DR/040/20) for 4 still available research topics. Doctoral projects will be selected by the admission committee on individual merit only. It follows, therefore, that at least 3 research topics advertised will not receive funding for a doctoral project in 2020.
(Legally binding German version below)
Deadline for applications 14 December 2020, 23:59:59 CET
Deadline for referees: 18 December 2020, 23:59:59 CET
Interviews (Zoom): January/February 2021
Start of position: May/June 2021
(1) Theoretically, students may apply for more than one research topic listed below, but they will have to hand in a distinct project proposal for each topic. For that they will have to meet each topic's specific requirements.
(2) Students may also apply with a research project developed by themselves pertaining to the general problem of “Extrospection”, but outside the distinct, defined topics listed below and thus outside the particular questions that the topics below raise. However, such new projects will have to fall within the general expertise of at least one of the Research Training Group's PIs listed below, in order to guarantee expert supervision for the proposed doctoral project. (Please check their research profiles on this website and/or on the internet.)
Re-advertising: Research topics available with deadline 14 December 2020
Topic 1 - Extrospection and the neural correlates of consciousness (Philosophy of mind)
PI: Prof. Dr. Michael PAUEN, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Topic 1 - Epistemology of extrospection (Philosophy of mind)
PI: Prof. Dr. Michael PAUEN, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Topic 7 - Extrospection and confidence judgements in metacognitive tasks (Psychology / Metacognition)
PI: Elisa FILEVICH PhD, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Topic 9 - Numbtouch: Extrospection and introspection during weak somatosensory stimulation (Neuroscience / Neurology)
PI: Prof. Dr. Arno VILLRINGER, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin & Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig
Research topics already filled in 2018, 2019, 2020 and not available for re-application deadline 2020
Topic 2 - Extrospection and consciousness in early modern philosophy (History of philosophy)
PI: Prof. Dr. Dominik PERLER, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Topic 3 - Structural models of phenomenality (Philosophy of science)
PI: Prof. Dr. Holger LYRE, Otto von Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
Topic 4 - Introspection, extrospection and denial of privileged access in psychiatry (Philosophy of psychiatry and neurophilosophy)
PI: Prof. Dr. Sascha Benjamin FINK, Otto von Guericke-Universität Magdeburg
Topic 5 - Reading mental states of others versus self - the case of autism (Psychology / Social neuroscience)
PI: Prof. Dr. Isabel DZIOBEK, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Topic 6 - Extrospective assessment of emotion in self and other and their neural correlates (Psychology / Social neuroscience)
PI: Dr. Laura KALTWASSER, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Topic 8 - Brain Reading and extrospection (Neuroscience / Brain Reading)
PI: Prof. Dr. John-Dylan HAYNES, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Topic 10 - Levels of extrospection in psychiatry (Psychiatry)
PI: Prof. Dr. Dr. Henrik WALTER, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
What is on offer in 2020?
The Research Training Group 2386 (RTG 2386) “Extrospection” will be advertising 5 salaried university positions (TV-L E13 at 65%), to start on 1 October 2020 (or a.s.a.p. after 1 October). Each position will be funded for three years (36 months).
How much will I earn?
Salaries are a highly individual matter, and we can only give you a rough estimate based on the salary levels of the public sector in Berlin in 2020. TV-L Berlin E13 at 65% for a single person without children should come to approx. €2,450 gross per month (i.e., the basic pay before the deduction of income tax and insurances), or €1,700 net per month (i.e., the sum paid out to you).
Terms, conditions, and duties
Salaried university position holders benefit from both employers' and employees' statutory monthly contributions to the national income tax, social security, unemployment insurance, pension schemes, and health insurance. Statutory employee rights such as holiday entitlements apply, but must be applied for, agreed to and recorded. (Cf. the situation of scholarship / stipend holders - see Funding).
Doctoral candidates must partake in the research, education, and training program of RTG 2386 and agree to submit progress reports and present their research before their peers and faculty at agreed times. In addition to their employment contracts, they will also sign a supervision agreement with their supervisors, endorsed by the speaker of the Research Training Group. These positions do not entail teaching obligations.
How do I apply?
Please go to webpage Research topics (internal link). Numbered 1–10, we have listed the titles of the 10 research topics of the RTG. Each topic has a separate page. On each project page of the we list the specific project description, the specific requirements that applicants for that particular topic need to fulfil, and how to apply for a research position within that topic.
Doctoral project proposal
The most important part of your application will be your 5-page proposal for an interdisciplinary doctoral project devoted to the problem of extrospection.
More than one application?
Theoretically, you can apply for more than one research topic, but in that case you will have to hand in a distinct project proposal for each of the topics and meet each topic's specific requirements.
Letter of motivation
In your letter of motivation (required document), you should explain both your interest in the specific topic you are applying for and your motivation for wishing to conduct your doctoral research in a structured and interdisciplinary doctoral program.
All decisions on positions in the RTG will be taken by the RTG’s admissions committee.