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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 how the brain learns to predict the onset of incoming sounds with high temporal precision, conforming the sensations of rhythm in speech and music. The project will make use a combination of modelling and high-resolution fMRI to explore the encoding of time in the human brain. This is a fantastic opportunity for cognitive neuroscientists who wish to learn modelling techniques, or for computational neuroscientists who want to learn human neuroimaging. Part of this project will be developed in collaboration with the Department of Psychology of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, and there will be opportunities for placements in Leipzig.

Job Description

Designing and conducting behavioural and fMRI experimental research
Designing and implementing computational models of cognition
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:

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 group 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

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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 a quantitative discipline (cognitive sciences, experimental psychology, computer science, physics, machine learning, etc).
Programming experience in python or MATLAB
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 neuroimaging data analysis in Nipype and/or fMRI prep
Experience designing and implementing experimental paradigms in psychopy or psychtoolbox
Notions of Bayesian-based statistical analysis