PhD studentship: A cognitive neuroscience approach to understanding the self in autism, Ghent University, Belgium

We are seeking a highly motivated full‐time PhD student for a project aimed at understanding the self in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The research will be under the supervision of prof. dr. Roeljan Wiersema and in collaboration with prof. dr. Marcel Brass. Behavioural and neuroscience (EEG and/or fNIRS) techniques will be applied. 

Project: Individuals with ASD have persistent difficulties with social interaction. Social interaction requires interaction between oneself and others, reflected in the brain as a complex interplay between representations of self and other. Most cognitive neuroscience research on ASD has focused on difficulties understanding others mental states  (beliefs, intentions, emotions). There is growing evidence that ASD is also associated with impairments in processing of self-related information (e.g., orienting to own name, recognition own face, autobiographical memory). Research on the neural correlates of self in ASD is however surprisingly scarce. Therefore this will be the focus of the current project. 

Qualifications: The successful candidate must have a Master’s degree in Psychology (clinical, experimental or neuropsychological) and/or (cognitive) neurosciences. Previous expertise or training in (cognitive) neuroscience is preferred but not mandatory. Active knowledge of Dutch is an advantage but not required. The position will preferably start September 1 and latest October 1, 2019. Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

Environment: Ghent offers an exciting environment and high standards of living. Our research group offers access to fNIRS facilities and several high‐density scalp EEG systems.

Scholarship: starting approx. €2000,- per month after taxes. 

How to apply: Required application materials to be sent electronically (preferably PDF): cover letter, CV, and contact details of 2 academic referents.

Informal enquiries and applications can be addressed to Roeljan Wiersema via email. For more info, see also and

Application deadline: 12 August 2019 or until filled

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