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Ph.D. Position in psychology, neuroscience, or artificial intelligence at Uni of Groningen, Netherlands 2022

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Ph.D. Position in Tuning the senses: How cognition shapes sensation at the gate for a master’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, or artificial intelligence at the Department of Psychology, University of Groningen, Netherlands Mar 2022


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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Sept 01, 2022
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: € 2,443 - € 3,122 gross per month

Department of Psychology

University of Groningen (RUG), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

We are looking for candidates who have:

  • an MSc in the area of psychology, neuroscience, or artificial intelligence
  • experience with conducting research involving human participants
  • experience with coding, ideally in Python
  • a high degree of English proficiency
  • demonstrable competences as conceptual capacity, presenting, monitoring, planning and organizing.

Responsibilities/Job Description

During this four-year PhD project, you will investigate how perception benefits from subtle changes to the senses. For example, your pupils dilate slightly when you get aroused or when you exert mental or physical effort. But why does this happen? Is arousal-related pupil dilation in some way beneficial to visual perception? And if so, how exactly? These questions are fundamental to our understanding of (visual) perception. You can read more about the theoretical underpinnings of this project in this review article (, written by the primary investigator of the project (Sebastiaan Mathôt).

This PhD project is part of a larger project, based on an NWO VIDI grant, for which two PhD students (including this one) and one post-doctoral researcher will be recruited. In this larger project, we will make use of a combination of experimental techniques, including pupillometry, fMRI, EEG, tympanometry, and psychophysics. You will be responsible for developing and carrying out a subset of these experiments, analyzing the resulting data, and writing up the results as scientific manuscripts (which will also serve as chapters of the PhD thesis).

An important part of this project will also be to actively engage with ‘open science’. This means that you will make all experimental scripts and data publicly available (to the extent possible given privacy restrictions), and that you will engage in good scientific practices such as preregistration and transparent reporting. In this spirit, you will be encouraged to also produce non-traditional forms of scientific output, such as data sets and software.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 222150

Application Procedure

Do you meet our qualification criteria? If yes, your application should include (in a single PDF file):

  • a motivation letter stating your motivation to apply for the position and your key qualities relevant for this position (max 1 page)
  • a brief, up-to-date curriculum vitae that focuses on aspects that are directly relevant to the position
  • a complete record of Bachelor and Master courses (including grades)
  • contact information of two academic references. Please do not submit letters of reference. If necessary, we will contact the referees ourselves.

About the Department/Section/Group

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.

The 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 part of the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, and offers Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in both Dutch and English to over 3,000 students.

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Conditions of employment

In accordance with the collective labor agreement for Dutch Universities, we offer:

  • a gross salary of € 2,443 gross per month in the first year to a maximum of € 3,122 gross per month in the final year (salary scale PhD), based on a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% year-end bonus on the annual gross income
  • attractive secondary and market terms of employment
  • job classification in the UFO job profile of PhD
  • a position for four years. The successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the contract period is to be expected
  • a PhD training programme is part of the agreement and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School of the Faculty
  • the conditions of employment are available at the University of Groningen website under Human Resources:

The selection interviews will take place in week 14 and 15.

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage:

Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

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