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BCBL - Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language


Research Field: Neurosciences 
Sub Research Field:  

Job Summary

The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (BCBL) in San Sebastián (Basque Country, Spain) offers a 4-year funded PhD opportunity. The PhD student will work on projects with the Signal Processing in Neuroimaging research group, which focuses on investigating advanced methods for acquiring, preprocessing and analyzing neuroimaging and biomedical data to advance our understanding of human brain function, structure and physiology. The position is not linked to a specific project; for example, it could focus on any of the following topics:

Develop new signal and image processing algorithms for functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and/or functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) for robust mapping of brain activity and connectivity in individual subjects (i.e., precision functional mapping).
Investigate neurovascular processes (e.g., cerebrovascular reactivity, brain perfusion with arterial spin labelling, calibrated fMRI) in healthy subjects and in patients with brain tumors.
Decoding speech and language from the human brain.
Brain lateralization of language.

Job Description

Job description: The selected candidate will develop an original doctoral research project that will involve running neuroimaging experiments, performing state-of-the-art data analyses, participating in the daily activities of the group, and disseminating the results in international and national scientific conferences, meetings, and peer-reviewed journals. She/he will take advantage of state-of-the-art neuroimaging equipment that is fully available for research at the BCBL ( These tasks will be carried out under the supervision and guidance of the PI.

PI and research group: The candidate will form part of the Signal Processing in Neuroimaging research group ( led by Dr. Cesar Caballero-Gaudes (, who will also 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: Dr. Cesar Caballero-Gaudes (

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 Engineering (e.g., Biomedical, Telecommunications, Electrical, Electronics), Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Computational Linguistics, Cognitive Neuroscience, and/or related areas.
The applicants must demonstrate excellent communication skills in English.

Desirable skills:

Good scientific programming skills (Python, R, Matlab).
Experience in neuroimaging research, particularly with MRI or fNIRS.
Knowledge of statistics, and machine and deep learning tools.

Specific Requirements