Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC)

Ph.D. Student in Cognitive Psychology and/or Neural Networks

UBFC – Univ. Bourgogne- Franche Comte

Dijon, France

Job description


Your duties will include running experiments and writing papers in the context of a UBFC-funded project on learning, cognitive control, and neural network modelling headed by Prof. James R. Schmidt. Candidates must have a background in cognitive/experimental psychology (i.e., Master’s in cognitive psychology) with an interest in one or more of the following areas: human contingency learning, binding, cognitive and attentional control, or music cognition. Candidates with sufficient programming experience may additionally contribute to the neural network research program of the lab. The selected candidate will be given flexibility in choosing a research trajectory related to one or more of the above-mentioned themes.

About the lab

LEAD is a cognitive psychology lab whose research activity focuses on changes in information processing mechanisms during development and subsequent to implicit, didactic, or professional learning.
In contrast to the dominant models of cognition, the theoretical approach of the lab is to attempt to develop parsimonious cognitive models. The lab’s fundamental research agenda is complemented by research that is directly applicable to the health sciences and, to a lesser extent, to education and industry. Interdisciplinary research has an ever growing place at LEAD.
LEAD is currently part of the Biological Sciences Institute (INSB) of the French National Scientific Research Center (CNRS, section 26), the DS6 section of the French Ministry of Education and Research, and the Health & Engineering (Santé-STIC) division of the University of Burgundy.

The lab is made up of 13 professors (7 full professors and 6 associate professors), 2 CNRS researchers (1 research director and 1 junior researchers), 1 tenure-track ISITE-BFC associate professor, 2 computer technicians, and 2 administrative assistants. In addition, the lab includes 3 visiting professors (1 research director, 1 full professor, 1 associate professor), 8 external professors (including 1 research director, 1 full professor, 2 associate professors), 4 engineers financed by grant funding, and 11 graduate students.

Supervisor:Schmidt, James R.

Candidate profile

-Master’s degree in cognitive/experimental psychology.
-Highly motivated and creative.
-Proficiency in written and spoken English.
-Interest in learning psychology, binding, cognitive control, or music cognition.

-Experience with research fitting one or more themes of the project.
-Experience running laboratory experiments.
-Experience designing experiments (e.g., E-Prime, Inquisit).

Non-essential but useful:
-Experience with neural networks and/or computer programming (esp., Java).

Keywords:cognitive psychology, experimental psychology, learning psychology, cognitive and attentional control, neural networks, music cognition

Application deadline:30 June 2019
Starting Job:1 October 2019

Application Please send the following documents (all in one PDF file) by e-mail to (james.schmidt@ubfc.fr) :

1) For EU candidates: Copy of your national ID card or of your passport page where your photo is printed. For non-EU candidates: Copy of your passport page where your photo is printed.

2) Curriculum Vitae.
3) Letter of motivation for applying to the position (1 page).
4) Copy of your Master degree if already available.
5) Copy of your final marks and ranks.
6) Reference letters or contact details of reference persons (maximum 3, at least your master thesis supervisor):
Title, Name, organization, e-mail.
If you have questions regarding the application, please contact the supervisor.


Apply with CV and Cover Letter

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Ph.D. Student in Cognitive Psychology and/or Neural Networks