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BCBL - Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language


Research Field: Neurosciences 
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Job Summary

The freshly established Perceptual Inference Group at the BCBL studies how the subcortical and early cortical stages of the brain work together to make sense of the sensory world. This project will investigate the neural circuits implementing perceptual inference along the subcortical auditory pathway. This is a fantastic opportunity for individuals with a quantitative background who wish to start a career in Computational Neuroscience.

Job Description

Job description:

Designing and implementing computational models of neural circuits
Training recurrent neural networks and biologically plausible dynamical systems
Analysing mice electrophysiological recordings and human fMRI data
Writing research papers under the supervision of the PI, aiming to publish at top-tier journals
Dissemination of results at international scientific conferences

PI and research group:

The Perceptual Inference Group is a freshly established interdisciplinary research group at the BCBL in San Sebastian, Spain. The group combines tools from Machine Learning, Computational Neuroscience, and state-of-the-art Human Neuroimaging to explain how our expectations and subjective priors shape our experience of reality. The lab has a large network of international collaborations with experimental and computational labs in Leipzig, Dresden, Basel, Pennsylvania, and Cambridge. The PI, Alejandro Tabas, is currently holding an ERC Starting Grant, and the lab has plenty of funding for conference trips and research visits to our collaborators abroad.


Salary: 21,000€/year gross on average across the four years of the contract

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

BCBL seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support contact us.

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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 & 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 2024-09-02 
Application Deadline 2024-05-31 
How To Apply 

Required Education Level

Required Education Level 1
Degree Master Degree or equivalent 
Degree Field Neurosciences 

Required Languages

Required Languages 1
Language ENGLISH 
Language Level Excellent 

Additional Requirements


Required skills:

A master degree in computer science, machine learning, physics, or a related discipline. Students with a background in cognitive sciences or experimental psychology will be considered if they have sufficient mathematical experience.
Strong programming skills (python preferred)
Fluent knowledge of English
Good communication skills and ability to collaborate in interdisciplinary environments
Keen interest in Neuroscience research

Specific Requirements

Desirable skills:

Experience with pytorch or other packages supporting automatic differentiation
Experience writing scientific reports and/or scientific papers
Experience analysing neuroimaging and/or electrophysiological data