Four-year PhD Position at the CO3 lab at ULB, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

The ERC project EXPERIENCE will address the “why” question of consciousness by pursuing a rich interdisciplinary program rooted in integrative philosophy of mind and in innovative cognitive neuroscience methods applied to the interactions between affect and consciousness in perception and action. The project is articulated over four work packages, each addressing a specific claim: (1) Subjective experience has intrinsic value, (2) The phenomenal field is valenced, (3) All intentional action is motivated by subjective experience & (4) Subjective experience has functional effects.  The PhD position will involve developing the empirical aspects of EXPERIENCE with the PI and in coordination with the existing EXPERIENCE team, currently consisting of two post-docs and two Ph.D. students. The successful applicant will primarily be involved in managing Work Package 3, which is dedicated to testing the hypothesis that motivation requires conscious awareness, and involves designing and conducting relevant behavioural experiments. Successful applicants will hold a master’s degree or equivalent in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science or a related field.

The candidate will have excellent knowledge of English. Basic knowledge of French is a plus.

Applications will continue to be examined until the positions are filled. Starting dates can range from January 2024 to February 2024, but preference will be given to qualified applicants who can begin on January 2nd, 2024.

Informal enquiries accompanied by a CV and a short statement of interest may be sent to Axel Cleeremans with the following subject: ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?

Application deadline: until position is filled

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