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BCBL - Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language


Research Field: Neurosciences 
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Job Summary

The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (BCBL) in San Sebastián (Basque Country, Spain) is offering a 4-year funded PhD opportunity. The PhD student will work on a research projects with the Consciousness research group. We are developing new protocols to understand the distinction between conscious and non-conscious information processing in the human brain, and its role in guiding cognition and behaviour. Our research encompasses multiple domains, including perceptual selection, learning and memory, and metacognition - our ability to monitor and control our own cognitive processes. We study these topics by combining advanced brain imaging procedures (i.e. real time fMRI) with psychophysical tasks and state-of-the-art computational methods.

Job Description

Job description: The selected candidate will develop and test novel behavioural paradigms (i.e. psychophysics) and neuroimaging experiments (i.e. fMRI) to investigate consciousness and metacognition. The selected candidate will also have the opportunity to develop original experiments under the supervision and guidance of the PIs. The candidate must have excellent organization and communication skills to contribute towards the dissemination of the results at international scientific conferences (presentations/posters) and peer-reviewed journals.

PI and research group: candidate will form part of the Consciousness research group ( led by Prof. David Soto (, who will be the main supervisor.


Salary: 16.640€ gross/year (year 1 and 2); 17.830€ gross/year 3; 22.290€ gross/year 4

Entitlements and other benefits:

Training opportunities and Career development plan:

Researchers at any stage of their career, regardless of their contractual situation, are given an opportunity for professional development and for improving their employability through access to a Personal Career Development Plan which includes:

(1) Training through individually personalized research projects under senior supervision

(2) Exchanging knowledge with the scientific community and the general public

(3) Network-wide training in theory and methods

(4) Complementary training courses

(5) Involvement in proposal writing, task coordination

(6) Development of skills for the organization of training and scientific events

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Potential candidates are invited to take part in the MCIN-Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación; AEI Agencia Estatal de Investigación Call for PhD Students expected for December 2022. Before applying, interested candidates are strongly encouraged to contact the PI(s) of the corresponding project in order to express their interest, discuss their potential fit for the position, and request any clarifications about the position and/or the project. Note that each candidate can apply to only 1 (one) project. The BCBL admin team will support potential candidates within the application process once the MCIN-Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación; AEI Agencia Estatal de Investigación Call for PhD Students is open.

PI: Prof. David Soto (

FP7 / PEOPLE / Marie Curie Actions

Research Framework Programme/
Marie Curie Actions
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Job Details

Type of Contract Temporary 
Researcher profile First Stage Researcher (R1)  
Status Full-time 
Hours Per Week 35  
Company/Institute BCBL, Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language 
Country SPAIN 

Organization/Institute Contact Data

Organization BCBL - Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language 
Organization/Institution Type Research Laboratory 
Faculty/Department/Research Lab  
Country SPAIN 
City Donostia - San Sebatian 
State/Province Gipuzkoa 
Postal Code E-20009 
Street Paseo Mikeletegi, 69 - 2 
Phone +34 943 309 300 
Mobile Phone  
Fax +34 943 309 052 

Application Details

Envisaged Job Starting Date 2023-09-01 
Application Deadline 2022-12-09 
How To Apply e-mail  

Additional Requirements


Required skills:

Applicants should have a Master’s (or equivalent) degree in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Computer Science, Engineering and/or related areas.
The applicants must demonstrate excellent communication skills in English.

Desirable skills:

Programming skills using Python.
Experience in psychophysics experiments and/or neuroimaging research.
Statistical knowledge.

Specific Requirements