Our cognitive (neuro)science lab is mostly interested in the mental processes that allow for flexible, goal-directed behavior, often referred to as cognitive control, and how these processes relate to reinforcement learning and associative learning. The lab is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO), and hosted by the Department of Experimental Psychology at Ghent University, Belgium. Where is Ghent?

PhD Vacancy

We are looking for a full-time PhD student in cognitive science at Ghent University to study the selective reinforcement of cognitive flexibility and variable behavior. The position is for four years (provided positive periodic evaluation). The salary is according to standard Belgian regulations for PhD students (starting at around €2000 per month net salary). Candidates are expected to have a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in relevant domains such as Cognitive (Neuro)Science, Psychology, or other relevant disciplines. Applications from underrepresented groups are highly encouraged. Applications will be considered until June 5th, 2022.

Our lab is part of the Department of Experimental Psychology at Ghent University, which hosts several research groups on cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience, creating a dynamic research environment including regular internal talk series as well as presentations by invited speakers. The working language is English. We have access to a research-dedicated 3-tesla MR scanner (Siemens Prisma), an HPC cluster, multiple EEG systems, TMS, and eye-tracking devices. Ghent itself is a vibrant and creative student city with a lot to offer.

The project is funded by an ERC Starting Grant project (CoCoFlex) on cognitive flexibility. In this project, we will mainly develop and test experimental paradigms and computational models to study the selective reinforcement of flexible behavior. The main supervisor for this project will be Senne Braem. However, broader collaborations are also possible and encouraged. The starting date of this project is flexible, but preferably around October 2022. Expertise in computational modelling is not required, but a strong interest in cognitive science, modelling, data analysis, and computer programming are. To apply, please send a CV (including two email addresses of academic referees) and a motivation letter (max. 2 pages) to Senne Braem, or let us know if you want any further information about the project or details about the position.