Postdoctoral Researcher in Applied Cognitive Neuroscience (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences


University of Groningen

Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage our 36,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. We belong to the best research universities in Europe and join forces with prestigious partner universities and networks; we are truly an international place of knowledge.

Our Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences is a centre of knowledge focusing on individuals and society. We study issues relating to human behaviour, and the relationships between people and society as a whole. This includes the study of how people function under normal circumstances, but also of the problems encountered by individuals or groups, and how to resolve or prevent these. Our Faculty employs about 650 employees. The Department of Psychology is a major part of our Faculty and we offer bachelor’s and master’s programs in both Dutch and English to over 3,000 students. Our department's student population is very international; more than half of our students are non-Dutch.

Within the Department of Psychology, the unit of Experimental Psychology pursues a research program focused on the cognitive underpinnings of human behaviour, as well as their neurophysiological correlates. Our group is growing strongly due to recent successes in (inter-)national research grant competitions. We currently host 11 senior scientific staff, 16 PhD students and 6 postdocs, and together publish some 50 papers yearly. We teach in the Psychology Bachelor program, but also in the top-rated Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences (BCN) Research Master, the Computational Cognitive Science Master, and the Applied Cognitive Neuroscience Master.

Job description

The Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences of the University of Groningen invites applicants for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Applied Cognitive Neuroscience. This position will be located in the unit of Experimental Psychology (see

The position is primarily focused on research (approximately 80%), but also includes teaching in a field covering experimental psychology, (computational) cognitive science, and/or cognitive neuroscience with a relation to applied topics. Teaching may include participation in courses at the bachelor and master level (in Dutch or English), as well as supervision of bachelor and master research projects and theses. In research, the candidate will join a previously defined research project on a new method of detecting concealed information, which is funded by the Politie & Wetenschap program. The project comprises several studies that are focused on developing an experimental approach, based on measuring pupillometry during rapid serial visual presentation, for application during forensic photo-confrontations.


We are looking for:

• a completed PhD in experimental psychology, (computational) cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, or related fields
• good publication record in international scientific journals
• hands-on experience with (behavioural) research methods; specific expertise with eye tracking, pupillometry or EEG is a plus
• interest in teaching and innovative teaching methods
• the ability to communicate and teach in English; the ability to communicate and teach in Dutch is a plus
• excellent social and communicative skills and ability to work in groups.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 18 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary, depending on qualifications and work experience, with a minimum of € 3,353 to a maximum of € 3,746 (salary scale 10) gross per month for a full-time position
• an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus, participation in a pension scheme for employees and excellent secondary benefits, including 232 holiday hours per calendar year for a full-time employment
• an appointment on a temporary basis for one and a half year.

Interviews will be held in weeks 34 and 35, 2021.

The appointee will ideally commence on 1 October 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job Application

Do you want to become a member of our team? Please send your application to us, by submitting the following documents:

• letter of application
• curriculum vitae.

You can submit your application until 8 August 11:59pm / before 9 August 2021 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Elkan Akyürek

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221486

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