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Impact of adverse childhood experience on psychosocial and somatic conditions across the lifespan

Möglicher Abschluss: 
Dr. sc. hum

The Central Institute of Mental Health/Heidelberg University invites application for one of
Up to 13 PhD positions (m/f)
for the DFG Research Training Group 2350 “Impact of adverse childhood experience on psychosocial and somatic conditions across the lifespan” ( The program combines a three-year structured training for PhD and MD students with close personal support in an excellent research environment. Participating institutions besides the CIMH are the Department of General Psychiatry, Medical Faculty Heidelberg, as well as the Departments of Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Neurophysiology at the Medical Faculty Mannheim.
The program begins on April 1, 2018 and the position is initially limited to 3 years. Salary is based on the German TV-L pay scale, including the social benefits of the German public service sector
The Central Institute of Mental Health (State Foundation) is an internationally renowned research institute in the field of psychiatry and neuroscience, the division of psychiatry, psychotherapy, psychosomatics and medical psychology of the Medical Faculty Mannheim at Heidelberg University as well as a psychiatric-psychotherapeutic-psychosomatic hospital with a university focus. Currently, its four medical departments (Psychiatry and Psychotherapy including Gerontopsychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Addictive Behavior and Addiction Medicine) run a total of 349 inpatient and day-clinic beds.
Research Tasks: Your tasks will mainly involve independent planning, conducting, analyzing, and publishing experimental and clinical projects within the research focus of the GRK 2350.

We offer: Exciting and ambitious research in the intersection of experimental, clinical psychology and psychotherapy within a leading research institute, a friendly working environment within young, dynamic and motivated colleagues. The PhD position is embedded in the DFG Research Training Group 2350 and therefore offers excellent possibilities for scientific and social exchange and cooperation, development of research projects and advancing your own qualifications (seminars, spring School, workshops, masterclasses, international internship).

Requirements: Excellent master in psychology, neuroscience, biology, biochemistry or another natural science. Timely completion of higher education with a qualifying degree and above-average results. Proven qualifications with particular relevance to the RTG

Please provide: CV, Master's degree certificate AND transcript, Bachelor's degree certificate AND transcript, Secondary school leaving certificate, English proficiency record (tests such as TOEFL, provide experiences), Two letters of recommendation from recent academic supervisors or employers carrying the official university or company letterhead OR contact details of two referees, Letter of motivation (1 page: Include reference from own experiences to research project, outline future career plans). Please note that your application will not be returned, only send copies. Interview expenses cannot be reimbursed.
If you have any questions, please contact: Prof. Dr. Christian Schmahl, mail:, phone number +49-621-1703-4021. We are pleased to receive your application, via the online career portal at until January 31, 2018.

Prof. Dr.
Zentralinstitut für Seelische Gesundheit
Psychosomatik und Psychotherapeutische Medizin
research group