Funded internship in the

ACE lab available

6 month funded internship:

PENDING FUNDING - Decision in late April

Cognitive control in ants and humans

Cognitive control refers to our ability to carry out a weak but intended response in the face of competition from a dominant habitual response. For example, when booting up your computer to work on an overdue report, you might experience the temptation to open your email instead of your word processor. In order to deal with such response conflicts, the cognitive system has developed a performance monitoring system that detects conflicts (i.e., the concurrent activation of conflicting response tendencies) in the ongoing processing stream and uses this information to increase the investment of cognitive control in anticipation of the next conflict situation.

Conflict processing in humans is typically investigated in response interference paradigms such as the Color-Word-Stroop Task. In this task, participants have to name the print colour of coluor words (like RED, BLUE, GREEN). Critically, the colour words can either be printed in the colour of the respective color word (e.g. RED, congruent hereafter) or they can be written in a different colour (e.g. RED, incongruent). Because reading as compared to colour naming is the more habitual process in literate humans, colour naming conflicts with word reading such that performance is worse on incongruent as compared to congruent trials.

During this internship, the candidate will test and refine methods for investigating cognitive control and conflict processing in ants. This will involve extensive behavioural testing, refining experimental designs, and video analysis.

The intern will be fully integrated into the life of the lab, and take part in seminars, strategic meetings, and all other group activities.

The project will run in parallel to conceptually identical experiments on human subject, led by our collaborator Prof. Gesine Dreisbach in the department of Psychology.


Requirements and details

The position is for 5 or 6 months beginning in

May or June  2018. Funding varies according to experience, based on the University of Regesnburg pay scales of research assistants. This will likely come to c. 800 euro per month.


The ideal candidate will have:

- a bachelors degree or higher in biology or psychology

- experience in behavioural research

- a proven ability to complete research projects

- strong references from previous supervisors

- good spoken English


For more information, or to apply, contact

Dr Tomer Czaczkes.


Applicants should send: their C.V., a personal statement of motivation, and at least one academic letter of reference. The application deadline for this position is the 1st April 2018, but application will close early if a suitable candidate is hired beforehand. 

last updated:  12.02.2020