Research assistant in Department of Psychology
University of Copenhagen, Department of Psychology

Research assistant, Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen

Investigating developmental social cognition with EEG, fNIRS and eye tracking  


A research assistant position is available in the Centre for Early Childhood Cognition in the Psychology Department at the University of Copenhagen. We are looking for a highly motivated individual who will support the research in the lab by providing expertise in Matlab programming of experiments, and solutions for collecting and analyzing EEG, fNIRS and eye-tracking data.  


The post-holder will be expected to carry out research in the area of developmental social cognitive neuroscience, working closely with the PI and other lab members. Specifically, the post-holder will write Matlab scripts to implement different kinds of experimental designs, as needed. The post-holder will be responsible for designing solutions for co-recording and synchronization of data across different systems (e.g. EEG and eye-tracking). Furthermore, the post-holder will contribute to writing scripts for data analysis, as needed.  


The expected starting date is 1st February or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is available for one year, with the possibility of extension beyond that time.  


Personal Specification:  

  • MSc/Masters in Cognitive Neuroscience or a related area (or equivalent research experience)  

  • High proficiency with Matlab and, ideally, experience programming behavioural experiments in Matlab with e.g. Psychtoolbox  

  • Experience of independently creating new Matlab scripts to analyse complex datasets  

  • Knowledge of a range of techniques useful to social neuroscience  

  • Experience with EEG/fNIRS/eye-tracking  

  • Experience of signal processing (e.g. with EEGlab and/or SPM)  

  • Experience of working in a research environment  

  • Strong skills in Mathematics  

  • Experience of using appropriate statistics to analyze data in cognitive neuroscience

While a background in psychology is not necessary, the candidate should have a genuine interest in cognition.  


The candidate should have excellent collaborative skills, and a willingness to provide technical and programming support for other lab members. The candidate should have excellent time-management skills, be able to work independently and on different tasks in parallel, be highly organized and be motivated by the lab’s goal of doing cutting-edge research in early cognitive development.  


Our lab is international and the candidate must have an international outlook and an appreciation of other cultures. Danish language is not a requirement.  


Salary and conditions of employment  

Terms of appointment and salary will be in accordance with an agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). In addition to the salary paid directly to you, the University will also pay a monthly contribution to your pension fund corresponding to 17.1 % of your salary. Negotiation for additional supplements will be possible.  


The Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) have further agreed on a protocol that makes it possible for international researchers employed by the University to achieve a pension exemption, whereby the pension contribution will be paid out as salary. For more information about the different pension schemes, please see here 

A special tax scheme is offered to researchers recruited abroad here 

If you consider applying from abroad, you may find useful information on how it is to work in Denmark and at UCPH.  

Read more here, here  and here.

UCPH wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.  



The application shall be submitted in English and include a CV and a one-page motivation letter about your interest in the position, why you think this position would suit you and how it relates to your previous experience.  


Please note that applications will be assessed based on these mandatory enclosures. Applicants cannot expect any additional documentation to be taken into account in the assessment.  


Application procedure  

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether an expert assessment committee has passed their application for assessment. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at here 


The University of Copenhagen wishes to encourage everyone interested in this post to apply, regardless of personal background.  


For further information, please contact Professor Victoria Southgate, email:  


The closing date for applications is is 15 January 2019 (at midnight 23:59 Danish Time)  


Please note: Submit your application and documents online and Press “Apply now” and fill in the application form.  


Please note that it is only possible to upload one document per attachment category. If more than, one document has to be uploaded in the same category, please make sure that the documents are scanned and collected in one file.  


Applications received after deadline will not be taken into account.

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