PhD Opportunities

Our Master students may have the possibility of continuing in our PhD program, although we do have limited positions. Here we collect info for our Master students to help them continue their scientific careers if they want to continue outside our own Ph.D. program.


PhD Positions 


July 7, 2017: Job title: PhD position (promovendus) on visual attention

Fte: 1.0

VU unit: Faculty of Behavioral and Movement Sciences

Closing date: August 17, 2017


VU Amsterdam

VU Amsterdam is one of the leading institutions for higher education in Europe and aims to be inspiring, innovative, and committed to societal welfare. It comprises ten faculties and has teaching facilities for 25,000 students. The Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences (FBM) at VU Amsterdam is unique in the wide field of behavioural and health sciences for combining the disciplines of psychology, education theory and human movement sciences. The faculty contributes to a better understanding of the way behaviour and movement are caused and can be influenced so as to promote physical and mental health and improve performance.

Job description

The Department of Experimental and Applied Psychology is offering a 4-year PhD project on visual attention

(subject to one year probationary period), led by Chris Olivers and Erik van der Burg. The project uses genetic algorithms from artificial intelligence to uncover properties of peripheral vision and how they drive attention. The research will predominantly involve behavioural, eye tracking and AI (simulation) techniques. A project description is available on request.


• The PhD student will conduct, under supervision, research into the relationship between, and the mechanisms behind, peripheral vision and attention.

• The PhD student will learn state of the art techniques, and follow necessary courses within local and national graduate schools.

• Promote team work with researchers working on similar projects.

• Write high standard international peer-reviewed publications, as well as a PhD thesis complying with university standards.


• An MSc degree in cognitive psychology, artificial intelligence, neuroscience or related field.

• Demonstrable technical skills, including proficient programming. Experience with image processing, use of packages like Matlab/R/Python, and experimental work is also appreciated.

• Proficient English writing.

• Ability to work in a multidisciplinary research team.

Employment conditions

In the Netherlands, PhD positions are salaried jobs. You can find information about our employment conditions at This includes:

• 4-year research period, subject to one year probationary period (this means that a 1-year contract is followed by a 3-year contract after satisfactory assessment)

• Additional remuneration of 8.3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance;

• solid pension scheme (ABP);

• generous contribution (65%) to commuting by public transport.



The salaries will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel. At the VU Amsterdam,

salaries range from a minimum of € 2222,- gross per month up to a maximum of € 2840,- gross, based on a fulltime employment.

Information and application procedure

General information about the VU and the Department of Experimental and Applied Psychology and the Section

Cognitive Psychology can be found on the websites: or



For more information you can contact: Prof. Chris Olivers, or dr Erik van der Burg



To apply for this position, please send your letter of application, curriculum vitae, BA and MSc grade list, the name and contact details of two references, and if finished, your MSc thesis electronically, before the 17th of August 2017 to: Suzan Besuijen, Late applications may be still accepted.

July 7, 2017: Ph.D in Cognitive Social and Affective Neurosciences (CoSAN)



Department of Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome



Salvatore Maria Aglioti



31st of July 2017 - 11.59 pm CET



3 Years 



November 1st, 2017 



Euro 13.638,47 per year; which includes I.N.P.S. - National Insurance Contributions which fellowship recipients are required to pay (10,57% in 2016). The amount of the scholarship can be increased by 50% for research periods spent abroad, previously authorized by the Ph.D. Coordinator.


Self-funded students. A special track is reserved to self-funded non Italian applicants. In your letter of motivations please specify you are applying for a supernumerary self-funded position and include a declaration of funds availability.Please, do contact us in advance, if you decide to apply as supernumerary candidate.



Salvatore M Aglioti

Social and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory

Department of Psychology

School of Medicine and Psychology

Sapienza University of Rome   

Via dei Marsi 78, 00185, Roma, Italy

Voice and Facsimile: 0039-06-49917601; 



IRCCS Santa Lucia Foundation 

Via Ardeatina, 306, 00179 Roma

Voice :++-6-51501597  


June 6, 2017: Doctoral student position in cognition and decision making at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland

The focus of our interdisciplinary research program is on heuristic decision making processes, and their interplay with the structure of environments and basic cognitive capacities, such as memory. Specifically, we study how people make decisions under uncertainty based on a repertoire of simple rules of thumb, called fast-and-frugal heuristics. In doing so, we explore the cognitive processes underlying bounded and ecological rationality, including in social environments.

Applicants should be interested in the computational or mathematical modeling of how cognition interplays with the structure of environments. Prior exposure to research on heuristics, and/or on bounded rationality, and/or on ecological rationality, and/or on ecological approaches to cognition is helpful but not required. Knowledge of experimental methods, prior exposure to quantitative research methods, and ideally, programming skills (e.g., MATLAB, R, LISP) are helpful but not required. A university degree in psychology, mathematics, computer science, physics, biology, business, economics, or another discipline is required. Excellent English skills are required.

Applicants should be interested in pursuing a career in academia.

The doctoral student position (60%) can begin as early as September 1st 2017, or later on a date mutually agreed upon. The maximum funding period is 5 years, with the first contract being 1 year and then renewable 2X2 years. Successful candidates will obtain a Ph.D. The doctoral student will be mentored by Julian Marewski. The work location is Lausanne Dorigny.

Please submit applications by June 20th, but the job offer will remain open until the position is filled.

Applications include a cover letter describing past research experience, research interests and, ideally, a potential thesis project. A curriculum vitae, university transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and — if existing — publications should be included, too. The preferred method of submission is PDF files e-mailed to Letters of recommendation can be sent in at a later point in time, to be agreed upon with Julian Marewski.

The Department of Organizational Behavior of the Faculty for Business and Economics at the University of Lausanne provides a stimulating, interdisciplinary research environment. At the department, professorial faculty are Ulrich Hoffrage, Joerg Dietz, John Antonakis, Franciska Krings, Marianne Schmid Mast, Christian Zehnder, and Julian Marewski. We value the diversity of the expertise of the members of our department (department members come from diverse fields, ranging from the cognitive and decision sciences to behavioral economics, mathematics, and physics; we have Ph.D.s in psychology, business, management, and economics). We publish in top-tier journals in different disciplines, including Science, Psychological Review, and the American Economic Review. The working language of our department is English.

Located near Lake Geneva and surrounded by the Jura Mountains and the French Alps, Lausanne is a beautiful and cosmopolitan spot to live.

More information about the position can be inquired directly from

April 28, 2017: 
Nine Research Positions in the Dutch Consortium 'Language in Interaction' (1.0 FTE) 


We are looking for highly motivated candidates to enrich a unique research consortium aiming to unravel the neurocognitive mechanisms of language at multiple levels. The goal is to understand both the universality and the variability of the human language faculty from genes to behaviour. 

Currently, our consortium advertises 4 Postdoc and 5 PhD positions. These positions provide the opportunity for conducting world-class research as a member of an interdisciplinary team. Each position has its own requirements and profile.

Click here for more information on the advertised positions.

Work environment

The Netherlands has an outstanding track record in the language sciences. The Language in Interaction research consortium, sponsored by a large grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), brings together many of the excellent research groups in the Netherlands with a research programme on the foundations of language. 

In addition to excellence in the domain of language and related relevant fields of cognition, our consortium provides state-of-the-art research facilities and a research team with ample experience in the complex research methods that will be invoked to address the scientific questions at the highest level of methodological sophistication. These include methods from genetics, neuroimaging, computational modelling, and patient-related research. This consortium realises both quality and critical mass for studying human language at a scale not easily found anywhere else. 

We have identified five Big Questions (BQ) that are central to our understanding of the human language faculty. These questions are interrelated at multiple levels. Teams of researchers will collaborate to collectively address these key questions of our field. 

Our five Big Questions are: 

BQ1: The nature of the mental lexicon: How to bridge neurobiology and psycholinguistic theory by computational modelling? 

BQ2: What are the characteristics and consequences of internal brain organization for language? 

BQ3: Creating a shared cognitive space: How is language grounded in and shaped by communicative settings of interacting people? 

BQ4: Variability in language processing and in language learning: Why does the ability to learn language change with age? How can we characterise and map individual language skills in relation to the population distribution? 

BQ5: How are other cognitive systems shaped by the presence of a language system in humans? 

Successful candidates will be appointed at one of the consortium’s home institutions, depending on the position applied for. All successful candidates will become members of our Big Question teams. The research is conducted in an international setting at all participating institutions. English is the lingua franca.

What we expect from you

Each position has its own requirements and profile. 

Detailed information on: 

General requirements for all positions are:

·         a degree in one of the fields indicated for the positions;

·         strong motivation;

·         excellent proficiency in written and spoken English.

What we have to offer

·         employment: 1.0 FTE;

·         you will be appointed at one of the consortium’s home institutions, depending on the position applied for;

·         terms of employment depend on the embedding institution;

·         the institutes involved have regulations in place that enable their staff to create a good work-life balance.

Other Information

All institutes involved are equal opportunity employers, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and as such encourage applications from women and minorities.

Would you like to know more?

Further information on LiI consortium: 

Further information on the different positions, including terms of employment and contacts:

Are you interested?

You should upload your application (attn. of Prof. P. Hagoort) exclusively via:

Your application should include (and be limited to) the following attachment(s):

·         a cover letter quoting at the top the number of the position you apply for;

·         your curriculum vitae, including a list of publications and the names of at least two persons who can provide references.

Please apply before 21 May 2017, 23:59 CET. You may apply for more than one position.

March 6, 2017: Doctoral (PhD) student position in Cognitive Imaging Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet

The research group of prof. Henrik Ehrsson has funding available for a 4 year PhD position in cognitive imaging neuroscience. Our work focuses on how we come to experience that we own our body, and why we experience that we are located inside our physical bodies. To address these issues we use a combination of behavioral and functional magnetic imaging methods. We are based at the Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. For more information about our research, please visit <>.

The candidate is expected to work within the general framework of the research project on the multisensory mechanisms of full-body ownership, but will be encouraged to formulate his or her own ideas and proposals for experiments. The project uses full-body illusions and advanced functional magnetic resonance imaging analyses to investigate the brain mechanisms that underpin the sense of owning an entire body in space.

The candidate must have a master's degree in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, medicine or engineering. He or she should have a strong and documented interest in cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging techniques.

We are looking for a highly motivated and talented individual that can actively contribute with own ideas and proposals. Proficiency in oral and written English is necessary, as are good social skills. The candidate should have a strong track record of successful internship projects; good programming skills is a plus.

For assessment criteria, terms and conditions and application process see:

The application is to be submitted through the MyNetwork recruitment system (above link).

Application deadline is: April 14th, 2017.

Expected starting date: October 1st, 2017 (flexible).

March 2, 2017: PhD Position In-vivo Electrophysiology in Freely-Moving Rodents at University Tübingen

The lab of Andrea Burgalossi at the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) in Tübingen is looking for one PhD student in the field of Neural Circuits, Synaptic Physiology and Behavior Our research is focused on determining the cellular and synaptic basis of spatial coding in hippocampal circuits. To this end, we employ state-of-the-art methods for recording intracellularly and juxtacellularly from single neurons in freely-behaving rodents, in combination with anatomical, molecular and viral-tracing techniques. Previous experience with electrophysiological methods is desirable, but not essential. Analytical and programming skills are a plus.

Applications should contain CV and names of at least two referees. Please send your application electronically to Andrea Burgalossi (

For applications or informal inquires please contact:

Andrea Burgalossi, PhD

Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience

Otfried-Müller-Str. 25

72076 Tübingen – Germany

February 21, 2017: A funded PhD position available in the MEMVIS group at the Department of Psychology of LMU Munich

We have a funded PhD position available in our lab in Munich, LMU.

The investigation will tap on spatial learning and memory within and across the senses of touch and vision. It will involve behavioural, and most likely one or more of these methods EEG, TMS and fMRI. On this note experience with programing and preferably some of these methods would be an advantage.

For more information please contact Thomas Geyer via e-mail ( or phone: +49/(0)89/2180/5216

February 6, 2017: PhD position in data analysis for brain magnetic resonance imaging – BCAM and BCBL

PhD Student position in Data Analysis for Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging in a collaborative project between the Basque Center of Applied Mathematics (BCAM) and the Basque Center on Brain Cognition and Language (BCBL) in Spain.

Applications are invited for a 4-year full-time multidisciplinar PhD Studentship in a collaborative project between the BCAM and the BCBL.

The focus will be on refinement and development of multivariate pattern analyses techniques and machine learning classification approaches to study human brain function using fMRI data from different cognitive tasks involving multi-class semantic categorization and learning of statistical regularities and the associated timecourses. Applicants should have an honours and a Masters degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering or another relevant area, and have a strong interest in brain and cognitive sciences.

Strong computational skills (preferable R and Python) are fundamental. Experience with functional MRI is not a requirement but the candidate should demonstrate the willingness to learn it.

Applications must be submitted on-line at:

Application deadline is  May 30th, 2017 15:00 CET (UTC+1)

For more information please contact Jose A. Lozano ( or David Soto (


November 25, 2016: Two PhD Students and Three Post-Doc positions on computational approaches to reference with member enhanced neural networks

Applications are welcome for 2 PhD student and 3 post-doc positions on computational approaches to reference with memory-enhanced neuralnetworks. The positions are for at most 4 years, and will be funded by a 5-year European Research Council Starting Grant awarded to the project AMORE: A distributional MOdel of Reference to Entities (


We seek outstanding researchers with a genuine interest in how human language, communication, and cognition work, with any of the following backgrounds: Machine learning, specifically deep learning (of special interest are recurrent models and models with dynamic trainable memories); Computer Vision and the integration of Language and Vision; Computational semantics, formal semantics, and computational approaches to discourse (particularly on topics related to reference, including DRT or similar frameworks, coreference and anaphora, conceptual aspects of meaning, and distributional semantics). Advanced programming and mathematical skills are required for 2 of the 3 post-doc positions, at least basic skills for the other one. Experience and interest in dataset construction, especially via crowdsourcing, is a plus. For PhD positions, experience on specific project topics is not required. All researchers are expected to have excellent analysis and abstraction skills, and an interest in working in an interdisciplinary environment.

If you think that your background is relevant to the research program of the project (see and you have good programming and quantitative skills, please do get in touch even if you do not fit the profiles above.


Universitat Pompeu Fabra is a small, research-oriented, highly international institution (, placed 15th worldwide in Times Higher Education ranking "150 under 50".

The project will be carried out at the Department of Translation and Language Sciences in the Communication Campus of UPF(, rich in researchers working on Linguistics, Computer Science, and Cognitive Science, and specifically on Computational Linguistics / Natural Language Processing. The AMORE team will strengthen the already strong profile of the university in these areas.

Barcelona is a unique city, with a Mediterranean and cosmopolitan culture, and very livable (


PhD positions start October 2017; earlier starting date possible, as a research assistant. Post-doc positions available starting February 1st 2017, and open until filled. Applications received by December 15 2016  will receive full consideration.

Applications including a letter of motivation (at most 1 page explaining why you are interested in this position and how your profile fits the project, CV, and the names and e-mail addresses of two referees should be sent as a single PDF file to Gemma Boleda (gemma DOT boleda AT upf DOT edu). We aim at building a diverse team; all applications are welcome, especially those of female researchers and members of other underrepresented collectives.

Application deadline is 15 December 2016


April 20, 2016: Two PhD Candidates on Second Language Perception and Production (1,0 fte) at Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

As a PhD student in the field of psycholinguistics you will participate in one of two research projects on how second language learners improve their perception and pronunciation of the second language during conversations. More information is here:

Faculty of Arts, Vacancy number: 23.16.16 

Application deadline is 10 May 2016

April 13, 2016: Psychologist with IT knowledge for the Smart-Snack Project 

En el projecte Smart-Snack ( necessitem un informàtic o similar (també ens val, per exemple un psicoleg amb coneixements informatics, etc). Es perquè ens doni suport tècnic en el Treball de camp, tant en les enquestes per internet com en els tests neuropsicològics informatitzats. També aniria amb l’equip a evaluar adolescents als instituts que tenim concertats. Aquí teniu la descripció de la oferta de feina:

The deadline is April 30, 2016. 

February 18, 2016: PhD position in Department of Language and Literature Norwegian School of Science and Technology 

PhD Position for a Period of 3 Years in Cognitive-Developmental Neurolinguistics

Project description

1 PhD position is available within the FRIHUMSAM project ‘Origins of Semantic Composition in Early Cognitive Development’ funded by the Research Council of Norway. The project aims to track the origins and development of semantic composition in the first three years of life, using a combination of electrophysiological (EEG/ERP) and behavioral methods. The project is managed by Giosuè Baggio (, and comes under the research agenda of the Language Acquisition and Language Processing Lab at the Department of Language and Literature (


Applicants should have a Master-level (or equivalent) degree in the Cognitive Sciences (e.g., Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology, Linguistics etc.). Experience with experimental research methods (e.g., eye tracking, M/EEG or fMRI) and with statistical data analyses is desirable. Candidates should be proficient in English and should have good writing skills. Knowledge of a Scandinavian language, preferably of Norwegian, will weigh in favour of the applicant, all other requirements (qualifications) being met.

More information:

The deadline is March 30, 2016. 


December 20, 2015: Grants for post-graduate studies from La Caixa, 2016-2017

La Caixa is offering grants for post-graduate studies in Europe, North America and Asia to Spanish citizens. Deadines are : 

08/02/2016 Europe, 29/02/2016 Spain, 04/04/2016 America and Asia Pacific

More information:


July 22, 2015: Four Positions as Academic Staff Members (PhD student or PostDoc) The University of Pottsdam, Germany 

The University of Potsdam, Germany, invites applications for  4 Positions as Academic Staff Members (PhD student or PostDoc) Requisition No.: 172/2014

in the Research Unit „Crossing the Borders: The Interplay of Language, Cognition, and the Brain in Early Human Development“ funded by the DFG (FOR 2253), for research projects led by Prof. Dr. Barbara Höhle, Prof. Dr. Isabell Wartenburger, and/or Prof. Dr. Birgit Elsner.

If possible, employment should begin by 15.10.2015. The Salary Scale is 65% TV-L E13 (Area east). Contracts are time-limited to a period of 3 years.

The DFG-funded Research Unit „Crossing the Borders: The Interplay of Language, Cognition, and the Brain in Early Human Development“ aims at investigating the interactions of language, cognition, social cognition, and their neuro-cognitive underpinnings in child development during the first years of life. All projects follow an interdisciplinary approach combining research perspectives from linguistics and psychology. More detailed descriptions of the single projects are available here:

The Research Unit offers highly attractive conditions for conducting a PhD- or PostDoc project by providing interdisciplinary supervisory teams, additional mentoring by international experts, and funds for travelling and research.  


• Excellent University Degree in Linguistics, Psychology or related fields (Diploma, M.Sc., PhD) 

• Interest in the research topic 

• Desirable: Experience with the application of neuro-cognitive methods like EEG, NIRS or eye-tracking to young children, and/or research experience, very good knowledge and skills in statistics

• Very good knowledge of English, good German language skills or willingness to acquire German 

The University of Potsdam strives to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and specifically encourages female applicants to apply for this posi-tion. Handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal suitability. People with an immigration background are specificially encouraged to apply.

Applications should include the following documents: full CV with a list of publications and presentations, motivation letter with research statement, copies of diplomas or certificates, a statement (and if applicable a ranking) about the preferred research project(s), and the names and e-mail addresses of two academics who are willing to provide reference letters. 

Applications (in English or German) should be sent until August 16, 2015 as a single pdf-file to 


April 30, 2015: Twelve Early Stage Researcher positions: Understanding and predicting developmental language abilities and disorders in multilingual Europe (PredictAble)

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Innovative Training Networks (ITN) “PredictAble” invites applications for twelve positions for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), available from September 1st, 2015. The network studies the cognitive mechanisms that underlie typical and atypical development of spoken and written language taking a cross-linguistic perspective with a unique and novel combination of cutting-edge approaches and techniques for studying mono- and bilingual children ( Collaborating partners are the University of Potsdam (Germany), CNRS-Université Paris Descartes (France), University of Jyväskylä (Finland), University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain), and NIRx Medizintechnik GmbH (Berlin, Germany).


ESR1: Development of continuous speech tracking and speech production in typical and language delayed children.

University of Jyväskylä (supervisor: Hämäläinen)

More information:

ESRs 2 and 3: Perception of relevant acoustic cues in early talkers, on-time talkers and late talkers – electrophysiological and hemodynamic markers of underlying mechanisms: evidence from German (ESR 2) and French (ESR 3)

University of Potsdam (ESR2, supervisor: Wartenburger); Université Paris Descartes (ESR3, supervisor: Gervain)

More information:

ESR4: Multilingual exposure and development of early phonology

Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (supervisor: Sebastian-Galles)

More information:

ESR5: Relations between spoken language and reading acquisition in children with or without risk for dyslexia.

University of Potsdam (supervisor: Noiray)

More information:

ESRs 6, 7, and 8: Phonological, morphological and lexical effects on word learning in children with low and high vocabulary: Evidence from German (ESR6), French (ESR7), and Hungarian (ESR8)

University of Potsdam (ESR6, supervisor: Höhle); Université Paris Descartes (ESR7, supervisor: Nazzi); Université Paris Descartes (ESR8, supervisor: Gervain)

More information:

ESR9: Multilingual exposure and integration of cross-modal information: Consequences for language and social development

Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (supervisor: Sebastian-Galles)

More information:

ESR10: Strategies of early word acquisition in different linguistic populations

Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (supervisor: Bonatti)

More information:

ESR11: Neurocognitive development of phonology, word recognition and reading in children with or without risk for dyslexia.

University of Jyväskylä (supervisor: Leppänen)

More information:

ESR15: Neural processes of word recognition and reading fluency in children with dyslexia and comorbid ADHD.

University of Jyväskylä (supervisor: Leppänen)

More information:

GENERAL INFORMATION, relevant for all positions:

Positions are now open, and will be filled as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. If you are applying to more than one position, please provide a ranking of your preferences. For more information see

May 18, 2014: 4 PhD positions at University of Göttingen

The Department of Cognitive Development and the Psychology of Language Group at the University of Göttingen invite applications for

4 PhD positions (TVL-13, 65%) in developmental and comparative psychology.

The positions will be located in a newly established graduate school “Understanding Social Relationships” that brings together research from developmental, cognitive and social psychology with human and non-human primates. 

Detailed information on the application process, the research topics and the training program can be found at (the 4 developmental/comparative PhD positions pertain to projects 1, 8, 9, and 10 listed there).  Candidates are required to indicate up to two preferred projects

For further information, please contact
·         Nivedita Mani (
·         Tanya Behne ( and
·         Hannes Rakoczy ( 


Starting date for the 3-year-position is October 2015.  

Deadline for applications is May 31, 2015.

May 14, 2015: PhD scholarships at MARCS Institute University of Western Sydney

Hearing CRC on Infant Development

Two PhD scholarships associated with (MARCS Institute – see ) participation in the HEARing CRC (Co-operative Research Centre). Both scholarships concern speech and language development in hearing impaired vs hearing infants. The application form is available at

Applicants please write to (Denis Burnham at, or Marina Kalashnikova at in the first instance to discuss a research proposal (2-3 page proposal that focusses on language development in hearing impaired infants either (i) in a longitudinal study (up to 3 years) of HI and Hearing infants, or (ii) on cross-sectional studies of  HI and Hearing infants.

The closing date is May 22, but this can be extended if students can write and say they are interested before that date.

May 6, 2015: PhD opportunities at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

IIT is looking for potential candidates for 3 PhD positions. 

Here is the call:

Themes number 5, 7 and 9.

The deadline for applications is June 4th.

April 30, 2015: PhD opportunities at the LEAD Graduate School University of Tübingen 

Learning, Educational Achievement and Life Course Development(

funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State governments, invites applications for Up to six 3-year doctoral positions or stipends as of October 2015. 

Education and its outcomes being essential to the welfare of a society and its members, the goal of LEAD is to contribute relevant findings to several key questions in evidence-based education. As an integrated research and training program, LEAD aims at excellent research and academic careers for young scien-tists at the intersection between Empirical Educational Research and the neighboring disciplines of (1) Cognitive, Social, and Motivational Psychology, (2) Neuroscience and Informatics, (3) Clinical and Per-sonality Psychology, (4) Language and Linguistics, and (5) Sociology and Economics. 


Successfully or nearly finished MA or MSc or equivalent degree graduates in Empirical Educational Re-search or one of the above-mentioned neighboring fields with excellent grades and a strong interest in conducting research from an interdisciplinary perspective are encouraged to apply. In addition, 

• Candidates’ prospective PhD research should be relevant to the LEAD Graduate School, i.e., re-lating to LEAD’s research questions and one of the LEAD intersections. We accept applications from all relevant fields and regarding all topics related to LEAD; however, we especially encour-age applications regarding the topics listed on our website: 

• Candidates should be prepared to contribute to the mission of excellence of the LEAD Graduate School. 


LEAD PhD candidates benefit from unique opportunities: 

• A prestigious, internationally focused and interdisciplinary PhD program within the German Ex-cellence Initiative; 

• Regular thesis discussions with peers and supervisory teams, plus retreats, lectures, and work-shops with renowned international guest researchers; 

• Funds for the support of thesis-related research and training; 

• Tailor-made training and research support from the LEADing Research Center, including lab ro-tations; 

• LEAD support systems for families, equal opportunity, and diversity. 


Applications should include a completed application cover sheet, a CV, degree and other certificates with transcripts showing a recent graduation or one in the nearest future, two letters of recommendation, a statement of research interest and experience, plus a motivation letter describing your interest in ob-taining a PhD within LEAD. For more information, please go to 

Please send all documents in one single pdf attachment via email to the Director of the LEAD Graduate School, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Trautwein, at <>, by May 31, 2015. Appli-cations beyond this date are welcome and will be taken into account as further positions become avail-able. Interviews will take place on June 15 and 16, 2015. 

The University of Tübingen is an equal opportunity employer regarding professional opportunities for women and men. Equally qualified candidates with physical challenges will be given preference. Em-ployment will be conducted by the central university administration. 

The deadline for applications is May 31, 2015

April 24, 2015: PhD opportunities in University of Padova

The School of Psychology at the University of Padova offers 12 PhD positions, all of which supported by a fellowship. Also, through funding from the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo, offers PhD research fellowships for foreign students.

The University of Padova is one of the oldest in Europe and has a long history of excellent research in the field of Psychology. The PhD program in Psychological Sciences is centered on providing research and applied skills across different areas of psychology including the following areas:

  • Clinical and experimental psychology
  • Human life-span development
  • Neuropsychology and cognitive psychology
  • Cognition
  • Social, cultural and group psychology
  • Behavioural neuroscience
  • Neuroimaging and computational neuroscience
  • Evolution of mind and cognitive functions
  • Language and psycholinguistics
  • Consumer choice, behavioural economics, marketing
Further inforrmation can be found on the University website and on the PhD program website

Foreign students can appply to both the regular call of the program in Psychological Sciences as well as to the University call for foreigner students.

The deadline for applications is May 29, 2015

April 24, 2015: PhD opportunities in CIMeC - Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento

CIMeC selection announcement for 18 PhD fellowships commencing in November 2015.

The deadline for applications is Thursday June 4, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

Application link:

This year’s research topics proposed by the Doctoral Program Committee for 8 UNITN grants are visible here:, while the 10 topic-specific grants’ details can be found here:

The CIMeC, it’s doctoral program and UNITN in numbers:

  •          CIMeC ranked 1st in Italy for Quality of Research 2013
  •          2014-2015 UNITrento ranks 1st in Italy in the rankings of THE - Times Higher Education
  •          3-yr program (Nov. 1, 2015- Oct. 31, 2018)
  •          Courses are given in English
  •          18 positions, 100% funded
  •          Salary: €1.100/mo., tax -free
  •          Winners receive a €2800 tax-free research budget
  •          Winners are eligible for a €150/month residential contribution
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Please feel free to browse the FAQ pages for further information or contact the Vice-Head of the Programme, Prof. Uri Hasson at,  CIMeC - Center for Mind/Brain Sciences,

March 10, 2015: PhD opportunities in Plymouth University

Opening for 3 Phd studentships in psychology here, as well as a TARA position, which is a 5-year position during which the candidate does a PhD part-time and delivers teaching support sessions the other half of their time. 

One PhD proposal is directly related to the Babylab; scroll down on:

Links to apply are here:

TARA (5 years PhD + research officer):

3-year PhD:

The closing date for all applications is 12 noon on Friday 10th April 2015. 

March 7, 2015: ChildBrain is recruiting early stage researchers to work on developmental cognitive neuroscience 

Project description: Positions for 15 early stage researchers (doctoral students) are offered in a project aiming to develop and apply new brain research methods to study normal and atypical cognitive development of children. The positions are open at five top ranked academic institutions and three innovative companies. Salaries are based on the EU regulated Marie Skłodowska-Curie action guidelines. For more information, please see the recruitment details.

Deadline for the first round of applications is April 30th 2015.

March 7, 2015: One fully funded three-year PhD studentship in the Department of Psychology (Faculty of Science and Technology) at Bournemouth University 

Please see for details or contact with any questions.

Deadline for applications is April 15th 2015

Project description:

Reading is usually accompanied by auditory input - some of it coincidental, such as a nearby conversation in a classroom, some of it deliberate, e.g. in a student listening to music while revising. Despite the ubiquity of background noise, speech, and music while reading, not much research has been done so far on the effects of the properties of concurrent auditory input on reading. This project will use a novel eye-tracking methodology to study the effects of background noise and music on the ongoing language comprehension process. The successful applicant will acquire a strong theoretical background in visual cognition and attention as well as research skills such as eye movement experiment design, programming, statistical analysis, and
scientific writing. This will give the student the opportunity to develop national and international collaborations early on.

Supervisors: Bernhard Angele, Julie Kirkby, Jan Wiener

What does the funded studentship include?

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £14,000 per annum (unless otherwise specified), to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 36 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates for funded PhD studentship must demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years.

All candidates must satisfy the University’s minimum doctoral entry criteria for studentships of an honours degree at Upper Second Class (2.1) and/or an appropriate Master’s degree. An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (or equivalent) is essential for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates must have at least some experience working in a Psychology laboratory or similar setting. Knowledge of quantitative research methods and statistics is highly desirable, as is a strong interest in Cognitive Psychology.

Closing date: The first call for applications will close on 15/4/15.

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, the Netherlands) 

1. Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, the Netherlands)   1 PhD position in cognitive psychology (see below) Applications will be considered on an on-going basis until March 10, 2015.

2.Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, the Netherlands)  1 PhD position in experimental psycholinguistics and phonetics (see below) Applications will be considered on an on-going basis until March 10, 2015.

1. The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, the Netherlands) is inviting applications for a PhD position in cognitive psychology

The position is available at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics beginning September 2015, embedded within the Psychology of Language department. The PhD project, supervised by Dr. Shiri Lev-Ari and Prof. Antje Meyer, should examine how social experience or social information can influence linguistic processing and representations. One possibility for the PhD candidate is to join an existing project that examines how individual differences in people's social circle influence their linguistic abilities. People vary in how large and how heterogeneous their social circle is. These individual differences influence the nature of the linguistic input they receive, and therefore might influence their linguistic representations and skills. The PhD candidate can choose to develop a project within this framework, or to examine the effects of other individual differences in social experiences or social knowledge.

The project will involve developing a research project and conducting several experiments with a wide range of participants. The Psychology of Language department emphasizes the need to study language in the normal population collecting data from participants with various backgrounds in and outside the lab and online. The department provides opportunities for training in a range of neuropsychological, psychological and phonetic techniques, frequent research and public engagement meetings, and support from an excellent team of researchers in psycholinguistics. For further details of our research, please see our website: 

The MPI in Nijmegen is a leading research institute, with a stimulating environment and excellent facilities and resources. The institute is entirely devoted to the question of how we acquire, produce and understand language, and its investigations are highly multidisciplinary, uniting anthropology, linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, computer science, and genetics.

Candidates should have, or shortly expect to obtain, a Master’s degree in psychology, cognitive science or related areas. We seek exceptional students with a talent and inclination for first class research. Candidates should have an excellent written and spoken command of English.

The position is available as of September 2015 and is funded for 3 years. Funding includes generous research and travel budgets. All students participate in the taught doctoral program of the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences.

For full consideration applications should be submitted by March 10, 2015. For any questions concerning the research program please write to or To apply write to Your application should include your CV, the names and e-mail addresses of two referees, and a statement of your research interests (approximately 1000 words), where you describe your research experience and sketch which topic(s) you might want to pursue in your PhD project.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, people with disabilities and under-represented groups are particularly encouraged.

 2. The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, the Netherlands) is inviting applications for a PhD position in experimental psycholinguistics and phonetics

The position is available at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics beginning September 2015, embedded within the Psychology of Language department. The PhD project, supervised by Dr. Hans Rutger Bosker and Prof. Antje Meyer, concerns the psychological mechanisms involved in the production and perception of speech rate variation. Speech can be produced at different speeds, but it is unknown how people achieve faster or slower speaking rates. What are the factors that are responsible for rate variation between individuals? How do listeners manage to comprehend speech produced at different rates? How does a speaker’s own speech rate interact with his/her perception of rate variation?

Depending on the candidate’s own background and interests, the project will involve production and perception experiments with a wide range of participants. The Psychology of Language department emphasizes the need to study language in the normal population collecting data from participants with various backgrounds in and outside the lab and online. The department provides opportunities for training in a range of neuropsychological, psychological and phonetic techniques, frequent research and public engagement meetings, and support from an excellent team of researchers in psycholinguistics. For further details of our research, please see our website:

The MPI in Nijmegen is a leading research institute, with a stimulating environment and excellent facilities and resources. The institute is entirely devoted to the question of how we acquire, produce and understand language, and its investigations are highly multidisciplinary, uniting anthropology, linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, computer science, and genetics.

Candidates should have, or shortly expect to obtain, a Master’s degree in psychology, cognitive science or related areas. We seek exceptional students with a talent and inclination for first class research. Candidates should have an excellent written and spoken command of English.

The position is available as of September 2015 and is funded for 3 years. Funding includes generous research and travel budgets. All students participate in the taught doctoral program of the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences.

Applications will be considered on an on-going basis until March 10, 2015. For any questions concerning the research program please write to or To apply, write to Your application should include your CV, the names and e-mail addresses of two referees, and a statement of your research interests (approximately 1000 words), where you describe your research experience and sketch which topic(s) you might want to pursue in your PhD project.

The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, people with disabilities and under-represented groups are particularly encouraged.