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Funded PhD Candidate Position (Basque Center)

11 noviembre, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

FUNDED PHD CANDIDATE POSITION (ILC) – INFANT LANGUAGE AND COGNITION RESEARCH GROUP at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebasti?n, Basque Country, Spain)

Position: PhD student
* Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1- up to the point of PhD)
* Number of vacancies: 1
* Project: Growing up Bilingual: Neural Maturation and Language Exposure as Predictors of Individual Dual-Language Proficiency
* Location: Spain > San Sebastian
* Research Field: Neuroscience > Cognition and Language
* Type of contract/Duration of Contract: Temporary > 4 years
* Job Status: Full-time
* Hours per week: 35
* Starting date: 1 March 2024
* Application deadline: 20 November 2023

Information about the project:
The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (BCBL) in San Sebasti?n (Basque Country, Spain) is offering a 4-year funded PhD opportunity. The position is linked to the project named Growing up Bilingual: Neural Maturation and Language Exposure as Predictors of Individual Dual-Language Proficiency . This project is a large-scale longitudinal investigation into the neurobiological and environmental predictors of language development in monolingual and bilingual infants and children from 0 to 2 years of age. We employ neurophysiological (i.e., electroencephalography) and behavioral methods to measure infants? early neural responses to linguistic stimuli and the development of early speech perception and lexical skills. In addition, we use wearable technology to collect detailed information about the language environments experienced by infants who grow up acquiring one or more than one language. The PhD candidate will have the opportunity to access the longitudinal sample and datas
et as well as to expand the scope of the longitudinal project.

Job description:
The successful candidate will be involved in developing and running behavioral and neuroimaging experiments with young infants, analyzing data, and disseminating the results in scientific conferences (presentations/posters) and peer-reviewed journals. The selected candidate will also have the opportunity to develop original experiments under the supervision and guidance of the PI and in collaboration with the ?Infant Language and Cognition? research team including postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.PI and research group:

The successful candidate will join the BCBL Infant Language and Cognition group ( led by Dr. Marina Kalashnikova (, who will also be their main supervisor.2.

Required skills:  * Applicants should have a Master?s (or equivalent) degree in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Linguistics, and/or related areas. Studies in progress should be completed before the specified start date for this project.
* Applicants should demonstrate a basic understanding of the field of early language development (e.g., completion of relevant coursework at the undergraduate or graduate levels).
* Applicants must demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills in English.Desirable skills:  * Knowledge of Spanish and/or Basque (or willingness to learn some during the program) is desirable.
* Experience with data collection and data analysis using neurophysiological and/or neuroimaging research methods, in particular electroencephalography (EEG), with infants and/or young children.
* Familiarity with statistical analyses.3. WORKING CONDITIONS
Salary: 17.222? gross/year (year 1); 18.452? gross/year (year 2); 23.065? gross/year (years 3 and 4)

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

BCBL seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support contact us.

4. OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION:Language policy  * The corporative language at the Center is English but the national language(s) will be an asset for this particular position
* The center provides initial level Spanish and Basque lessons to all the international staff members
* The interview will be conducted entirely in English

5. APPLICATION PROCESS:Submission of the application and documentation:
To submit your application, please follow this [ | link: ] applying for ? ILC_PhD2023″ and attach the following documentation:
* A curriculum vitae
* A statement outlining research interests and motivation to apply for the position
* Two letters of recommendationApplication process timetable:

1. Deadline for application: 20/11/2023
2. Evaluation by committee: 30/11/2023-10/12/2023
3. Interviews: 18/12/20230- 22/12/2023
4. Final decision: 08/01/2024
5. Feedback to all applicants: 10/01/2024-15/01/2024
6. Work contract start date: 01/03/2024Contact details for enquiries:


11 noviembre, 2023
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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