PhD Student

Last application date
Aug 18, 2019 23:59
PP02 - Department of Experimental psychology
Employment category
Doctoral fellow
Limited duration
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

We are seeking a motivated PhD student for a 4-year project at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Ghent, Belgium. The project focuses on response inhibition - a critical cognitive-control ability that is believed to be derailed in major clinical disturbances. Although response inhibition has been intensely studied in previous years, recent progress in theorizing and computational modeling has allowed for a significantly better characterization of the pertinent processes. These innovations raise important questions about the underlying process dynamics and the consistency with which response inhibition is triggered. In the present project, we will investigate response inhibition in a wider contextual and inter-individual context, exploring experimentally which factors affect the speed and consistency of response inhibition. We will furthermore characterize fluctuations within and across participants, and will apply the resulting insights to a clinical group with ADHD, in which response-inhibition deficits have been considered as particularly critical. The planned experiments mostly rely on systematic behavioral experimentation and detailed computational modelling of the resulting data, but extensions to cognitive-neuroscience techniques, in particular EEG, are possible.

The main supervisor is Prof. C. Nico Boehler, in close collaboration with the co-supervisors Prof. Frederick Verbruggen and Prof. Roeljan Wiersema. The position is for four years (provided positive periodic evaluation) with a salary according to standard Ghent University regulations for PhD students (starting at around €2000 per month net salary).

Profile of the candidate

Candidates should have a Master’s degree in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, or similar. Experience with behavioral experimentation and with analysis/modeling with Python or R are not required but would be a great asset.

How to apply

Please send a CV (including two email addresses of referees) and motivation letter to Nico Boehler (, whom you can also contact for further information about the project or details about the position and procedure. Interviews are planned for late August or early September. The provisional starting date is Oct-1, 2019, but can also be later.