at the Neurolinguistics and Aphasia Group, BCBL- BASQUE CENTER ON COGNITION BRAIN AND LANGUAGE (SAN SEBASTIÁN, SPAIN) and Laboratory of Neuroimaging and biomarkers of inflammation, ACHUCARRO-BASQUE CENTER FOR NEUROSCIENCE (BILBAO, SPAIN)

  • Position: PhD student
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1- up to the point of PhD)
  • Number of vacancies: 1
  • Project: IKUR
  • Location:  Spain > Donostia-San Sebastian
  • Research Field: Neuroscience > Cognition and Language
  • Type of contract/Duration of Contract: Temporary:  3 years
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Hours per week: 35Achucarro - Basque Center for Neuroscience | Home
  • Starting date: May 2022
  • Application deadline:  March 15, 2022
  • Information about the project: The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language – BCBL- (Donostia-San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain)

A predoctoral position (3 years) to work on a translational research project is available in the Neurolinguistics and Aphasia group at Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL).  The project is aimed at investigating the recovery of language and other cognitive functions after stroke, with a specific focus on the role of neurofilaments and inflammation markers in predicting behavioral outcomes at the acute, subacute and chronic stage of recovery. The project stems from a collaboration between the Neurolinguistics and Aphasia Group (PI: Dr. Simona Mancini, BCBL) and the Neuroimaging and Biomarkers of Inflammation Lab (PI: Dr. Abraham Martín Muñoz, Achucarro Basque Center for Neuroscience)

Job description: The selected candidate will participate in a longitudinal study that combines clinical parameters, behavioral and neuroimaging data, in collaboration with Achucarro Basque Center for Neuroscience (Dr. Abraham Martín Muñoz, thesis co-supervisor). His/her work will be focused on the acquisition, processing and analysis of data from brain-damaged and undamaged participants. The candidate will have the opportunity to be involved in a translational research project where clinical research, neuroimaging and basic research groups collaborate and will be able to develop the doctoral thesis project in the field of cognitive neuroscience of language. In addition, the selected candidate will have access to cutting edge research facilities, including MEG, EEG, fMRI, eye-tracking and psychophysics laboratories.

PI and research group: Dr. Simona Mancini – Neurolinguistics and Aphasia group (

The Neurolinguistics and Aphasia group focuses on the study of language comprehension, production and learning across a wide spectrum of populations from adult monolingual and bilingual speakers to language-impaired brain-damaged patients. By using a variety of experimental methods (electrophysiology, eye tracking and behavioral paradigms), the group investigates how language is comprehended and produced, by tracking time course and electrophysiological correlates, at different stages of second-language learning and during recovery from stroke.



Required skills:

  • Master degree in cognitive neuroscience, experimental psychology or neighboring areas.
  • Spanish as a native language
  • Strong level of written and spoken English.
  • Basic skills in statistics

Desirable skills:

  • Knowledge of Basque.
  • Programming skills in Matlab, Python, or R environments.



Salary: 17.000 Euros per year (gross salary)

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



Language policy

  • The corporative language at the Center is English. Knowledge of the local (Basque) language will be an asset for this particular position
  • The interview will be conducted entirely in English.



Before applying, interested candidates are strongly encouraged to contact the PI (Dr. Simona Mancini, in order to express their interest, discuss their potential fit for the position, and request any clarifications about the position and/or the project.

Submission of the application and documentation:

To submit your application, please follow this link:  applying for “PhD IKUR 2022” and attach the following documentation:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A statement outlining research interests and motivation to apply for the position
  • Two letters of recommendation
Applications from women are specially welcomed.
Applications from refugees are specially welcomed.

Application process timetable: New deadlines

1)     Deadline for application: April 24

2)     Evaluation by committee: In the second half of April

3)     Interviews: In the second half of April

4)     Final decision: End of April

5)     Feedback to all applicants:  End of April

6)     Work contract start date: Desirable June 1st 2022

Contact details for enquiries: