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Postdoctoral Researcher project respresentation of value

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30 januari 2024
20 februari 2024 Vacature gesloten

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Institute of Psychology, the Social, Economic and Organisational Psychology unit invites applicants for the position of

Postdoctoral Researcher (full-time, 2 years).

Project REPRESENTATION OF VALUE, funded by NWO Starter Grants, has openings for a postdoctoral fellow. The project is embedded in the Social, Economic and Organisational Psychology unit at Leiden University, and the Leiden Economic Decision-Making Laboratory. The project is directed by Dr. Marc-Lluis Vives.

Job Description
Our lab uses behavioral, neuroimaging and psychophysiological techniques to explore the cognitive and neural basis of decision-making. The post-doc will have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing research that spans multiple areas within the field of behavioral economics, psychology, and neuroscience. The ideal candidate will have experience in cognitive and affective neuroscience, strong quantitative and statistical training, and an interest in understanding representational learning for decision-making. The strongest applications will not only have a deep interest in how mental and neural representations drive decision-making, but will also be creative and independent, taking innovative approaches to the study of cognitive processes and the neural basis of decision-making.


  • Design and implement independent and collaborative research on the neurobiological and psychological mechanisms underlying value decision-making.
  • Analyze data using state-of-the art statistical techniques.
  • Present and disseminate research findings at (inter)national conferences and in peer-reviewed journal publications.
  • Co-supervise MSc students’ thesis research.
  • Integrate research findings in meta-analyses and reviews.

Job Requirements

  • PhD in Cognitive/Behavioural Neuroscience (Neuroeconomics, Cognitive Neuroscience).
  • Experience with computational modeling, neuroscience methods (fMRI) and behavioral experiments on decision-making.
  • Strong statistical and programming skills (e.g., R, Python, Matlab).
  • Strong skills in presenting research findings both orally and in writing.

Our faculty
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences comprises four institutes: Education and Child Studies, Political Science, Psychology and Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology. The Faculty also includes the Centre for Science and Technology Studies. The Faculty is home to 7,000 students and 1000 members of staff. Our teaching and research programmes cover diverse topics varying from adoption to political behaviour. For more information, please see https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/social-behavioural-sciences.

The Institute of Psychology comprises six units for teaching and research: Health, Medical and Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Social and Organizational Psychology, and Methodology and Statistics. The Institute of Psychology offers a stimulating environment that promotes collaboration within and between units. For more information, please see https://www.fsw.leidenuniv.nl/psychologie/

Terms and conditions

  • The employment is for 2 years.
  • The gross monthly salary is set on €4.332 in the first year (pay scale 11 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).
  • Starting date: between March 1 and 30 May 2024.

Excellent benefits
Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with an additional holiday bonus (8% of annual salary) and end-of-year bonus (8.3% of annual salary), training and career development. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More information can be found at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions

Diversity and inclusion are core values of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

Inquiries can be directed to Marc-Lluis Vives, Leiden University (m.l.vives.moya@fsw.leidenuniv.nl)

How to apply
Please submit online your application no later than February 20, 2024 via the blue button of our application system.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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