Postdoc or PhD Position in Decision Neuroscience at Erasmus University Rotterdam

Research / Academic



At the Erasmus Center for Neuroeconomics we are offering a PhD or Postdoc position. We seek outstanding applicants whose research interests lie at the intersection of psychology, economics, marketing and neuroscience and who are interested in studying the brain mechanisms that underlie judgement and decision-making. Particular interests of our group are the neural underpinnings of persuasive messaging, social influences on choice, dishonesty, emotion regulation and self-control, and the role of neurotransmitters and hormones in such decisions.

For the current project, we are especially looking for applicants who have experience with innovative fMRI methods, most notably multi-voxel pattern analysis (MVPA), or multivariate approaches to EEG data analyses, and who would be interested in applying these techniques to study (real-world) choice behaviour. Candidates with a less technical focus and a more general interest in how neuroscience can inform decision-making are also invited to apply.


Required Profile

Successful candidates must have a relevant Masters degree (and PhD degree for the postdoc position), either with a background in cognitive neuroscience/cognitive psychology/biological psychology, with a definite interest of applying their knowledge to the field of decision-making, or with a background in behavioural economics/econometrics/psychology, with a definitive interest in using neuroscience methods. Candidates with a background in statistics or computer science, with a definitive interest in decision-making and neuroscience are also strongly invited to apply.

The Postdoc position is for a period of 3 years, the PhD position for a period of 4 years but can be extended to 5 years if budget allows.

Salary Benefits:

This position comes with good employment conditions, compliant with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO NU).

The salary is in accordance with the doctoral candidate scale of the CAO NU. For a full time appointment, the salary is € 2,222 gross per month during the first year, which will increase annually up to € 2,840 gross per month in the fourth year. In addition, the attractive employment package includes a holiday allowance of 8 per cent, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3 per cent, generous leave provisions for a healthy work-life balance, a good pension scheme and excellent options for collective insurance. The employee may also use a number of campus facilities, such as sports facilities and the library.

Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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