Netherlands: PhD candidate Cognitive Neuroscience at University of Amsterdam

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Job description

The Social Psychology program of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG) offers degree courses at both Bachelors and Masters level, participates in the two-year Psychology Research Masters, and the PhD training program provided by the Kurt Lewin Graduate School for social psychology. Research is organized in the program ‘Social Cognition, Affect and Motivation’. Approximately 90 students enroll in the Bachelor program, and about 60 enroll in the Master program annually. The program is supported by 13 tenured faculty members, and hosts between 15 PhD and postdoctoral researchers. The program operates internationally, and regularly hosts international visitors. Teaching is in English or Dutch.

We offer a dynamic and supportive environment, in an internationally recognized department that ranks among the best in the Netherlands for research (rating 5 in previous research appraisal exercise) and teaching. The department is situated near the centre of town, and has excellent facilities for undertaking research in a broad range of areas (with state­of­the­art facilities available, such as EEG, ERP, TMS, and fMRI, cognitive behavioural testing suites, eye­tracker, and a social observation lab).

Project description

We are looking for a PhD candidate with a strong background in cognitive neuroscience. This PhD project investigates the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying agency detection and theory-of-mind attributions, by using behavioural, EEG and fMRI experiments. The project is part of a larger research program at the Psychology Department of the University of Amsterdam, focusing on the psychological and neural basis of religion.


The PhD candidate should:

  • hold a Master’s degree or be expected to obtain a Master’s degree within reasonable time, with excellent grades in a relevant field, such as experimental psychology or cognitive neuroscience;
  • have a firm basis in experimental research. Programming skills and experience with behavioural and neuroimaging techniques are considered an advantage;
  • have good academic writing and presentation skills;
  • have the capability to work independently;
  • have a strong interest in a scientific career.

rience, or a track record of project based work, and demonstrable interest in the domain of application are a clear plus.

Conditions of employment

The position starts per 1 October 2013 or as soon as possible, and is initially for 1 year. Extension of the contract after the first year to a total of four years is subject to satisfactory performance. The gross monthly salary will be in accordance with the salary scales for PhD candidates at Dutch universities, i.e., ranging from €2.083 in the first year to €2.664 in the final year.

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