Research Assistant position at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain)

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  • Position: Research Assistant
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1- up to the point of PhD)
  • Number of vacancies: 1
  • Project: Behavioural and electrophysiological correlates of the bilingual advantage in executive functions in healthy elderly subjects
  • Location:  Spain > San Sebastian
  • Research Field: Neuroscience > Cognition and Language
  • Type of contract/Duration of Contract : Temporary >  4 years
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Hours per week: 35
  • Starting date: 01/03/2021
  • Application deadline: 08/01/2021
  • Information about the project: The research will investigate the possible existence of a bilingual advantage in executive functions in elderly bilinguals compared to monolinguals. We will manipulate a set of subjects characteristics (Cognitive reserve) and tasks parameters -e.g., specific executive functions and processes demanded by the performed tasks, levels of difficulty and modality (visual vs. auditory) of the executed tasks- in order to unravel the experimental conditions that need to be met to observe the bilingual advantage in executive functions.
  • Job description: The selected candidate will collaborate in running experiments (EEG sessions and neuropsychological testing in healthy elderly subjects) and analyzing EEG/ERP data.
  • PI and research group: PI of the project: Jesús Cespón; Research group: Neurobiology of language (Group Leader: Manuel Carreiras).

Required skills: The ideal candidate must be highly motivated in the topic related to the project and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience, or in a related area. Good English and Spanish skills are required.

Desirable skills: Programming skills (e.g., Presentation software, Matlab) and / or previous experience in EEG data collection and / or analyses will be very positively assessed.


Salary: 16.000 Euros per year (gross salary)

Entitlements and other benefits:

Training opportunities and Career development plan:

Researchers at any stage of their career, regardless of their contractual situation, are given an opportunity for professional development and for improving their employability through access to a Personal Career Development Plan which includes

(1) Training through individually personalized research projects under senior supervision

(2) Exchanging knowledge with the scientific community and the general public

(3) Network-wide training in theory and methods

(4) Complementary training courses

(5) Involvement in proposal writing, task coordination

(6) Development of skills for the organization of training and scientific events


Language policy

  • The interview will be conducted entirely in English
  • The center provides initial level Spanish and Basque lessons to all the international staff members

Submission of the application and documentation:

To submit your application, please follow this link:  applying for “BILINGUALAGE” and attach the following documentation:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A statement outlining research interests and motivation to apply for the position
  • Two letters of recommendation

Application process timetable:

  1. Deadline for application: 08/01/2021
  2. Evaluation by committee: 11/01/2021-15/01/2021
  3. Interviews: 18/01/2021-22/01/2021
  4. Final decision: 27/01/2021
  5. Feedback to all applicants: 28/01/2021-29/01/2021
  6. Work contract start date: 01/03/2021

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