Vacant PhD or Postdoc position in computational social neuroscience!


The Social Brain Lab, at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, has an exciting opportunity for a Post-doc researcher or PhD student to investigate the link between embodied processes and of conflictual social decision making in humans


Project: You will use both pre- and newly acquired fMRI, EEG and EcoG data in combination with reinforcement learning computational modelling to reveal the circuits and processes linking embodied perception and other regarding choices, in particular when cost and benefits for self are in conflict with costs and benefits for others. This project will require a combination of advanced analytical and modelling skills together with creative social neuroscience experimentation. We therefore expect you to be comparatively independent regarding the computational aspects of the project, leveraging our close collaborations with computation neuroscience groups as appropriate, while we guarantee our direct support in developing the necessary social neuroscience competences. By working within the SBL you will have the unique opportunity to collaborate with other members of the lab working with rodent’s model to bridge and integrate results from the two species.


Duration: 3 years

Starting date: as soon as possible

Application deadline: February 20, 2021

Working language: English

Location: Social Brain Lab (;, at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN) (, Amsterdam, NL


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The SBLThe Social Brain Lab, is the results of the joint venture of the research groups of Christian Keysers and Valeria Gazzola, aiming at shedding light on the neural mechanisms of empathy by combining studies in humans and rodents. The SBL is funded by multiple European (ERC, Marie Curie) and Dutch (VIDI, VICI) grants, and is characterized by an unusually diverse environment, with members from all over the world, backgrounds ranging from philosophy to engineering with an emphasis on biology and psychology, and neuroscientific techniques spamming from high field fMRI in humans to ultrasound imaging in rodents. 

The NINThe Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience ( is the country’s leading fundamental neuroscience research institute, and is in close collaboration with the SPINOZA imaging center, which hosts both 3T and 7T scanners and relevant expertise. Both the PIs have an additional position at the University of Amsterdam, one of the top psychology departments in Europe. Together this provides a critical mass of experts in the most advanced neuroscience techniques, together with a dynamic multi-cultural environment.