PhD Consciousness group 2020

Funded PhD candidate position at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain)

The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language – BCBL- (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) is offering a predoctoral position to work on a PhD funded project to investigate metacognitive functions using real-time functional MRI. The PhD student will join the Consciousness group at the BCBL to work under the supervision of David Soto.

Application requirements: Applicants should have an honours and a Masters degree in Computer Science, Machine Learning, Engineering, Neuroscience, or other relevant area. They must have a strong interest in consciousness and cognition coupled with strong computational skills in Python. Experience with state-of-the art neuroimaging techniques would be an advantage but not required. However, the applicant must demonstrate knowledge and experience in the implementation of machine learning models in Python and a keen interest in mastering neuroimaging methods. The candidate must also demonstrate an excellent knowledge of English both written and oral. The duties of the post-holder will be (i) design and implement psychophysical tasks and neuroimaging protocols, identify improvements and/or propose new analysis pipelines under the supervision of the Principal Investigator (ii) recruiting and testing healthy young adult participants (iii) analysing neuroimaging and behavioural data (iv) writing reports for publication in international reputable journals (v) presenting results at internal lab meetings, national, and international conferences. The candidate must have excellent communication skills, be able to interact well with scientific colleagues, and work well both independently and as part of a team. Excellent coding, analytical and presentation skills are highly desirable.

The student will receive a stipend of 17.785€ (gross/year).

The BCBL  promotes a rich research environment and provides access to the most advanced behavioural and neuroimaging techniques, including 3 Tesla Siemens PrismaFit MRI scanner, a whole-head MEG system, four EEG labs, a fNIRS lab, a BabyLab,  two eye-tracking labs, and several behavioural labs. The BCBL hosts excellent support staff and research personnel. More information about the BCBL can be found at:

To submit your application, please follow this link:, applying for “PhD Consciousness group 2020” and upload before September 1st, 2020:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A statement outlining research interests and motivation to apply for the position (1 page maximum)
  • Two letters of recommendation


For further information about this position, contact Prof. David Soto (

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an online interview.