PhD Position in Psychology
University of Basel

PhD Position in Psychology: Animal-Assisted Interventions in Neurorehabilitation

We are seeking applicants for a four-years PhD position within the division of Clinical Psychology and Animal-Assisted Interventions at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Basel. You will work with Prof. Dr. Karin Hediger and an interdisciplinary team to conduct research on predictors and effects of animal-assisted interventions in neurorehabilitation as well as look into neurovascular and autonomic mechanisms.

Your position

  • Design experimental studies to examine effects and mechanisms of animal-assisted interventions in neurorehabilitation for patients with acquired brain injuries
  • Interact with an interdisciplinary team and exchange with international leaders in the field
  • Coordinate experimental studies in a neurorehabilitation clinic and use different neurophysiological measurement techniques such as EEG or fNIRS to collect data
  • Analyze complex experimental data
  • Write scientific articles in collaboration with international experts
  • Contribute to the supervision of bachelor and master students as well as teaching
  • Contribute to the development of the division of Clinical Psychology and Animal-Assisted Interventions

Your profile

  • An excellent master's degree in psychology (neuropsychology preferably)
  • Very good methodological and statistical skills (using R preferably)
  • Strong interest in neurorehabilitation and neuropsychology
  • Previous experience with methods such as EEG or fNIRS is advantageous
  • Distinct social competence and communicative skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Independent, precise and reliable way of working
  • Interest in pursuing a scientific career
  • Willingness to work in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Good oral and written skills in German and English

We offer you

The division of Clinical Psychology and Animal-Assisted Interventions is one of the leading groups investigating the potential and mechanisms of integrating animals into therapeutic approaches to enhance interventions for different clinical populations. We provide a familiar team environment as well as a stimulating interdisciplinary research environment.

The position will be embedded within the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Basel as well as the REHAB Basel, an international renowned clinic for neurorehabilitation (, and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health ( Further benefits include:

  • A large international network of scientist as well as insight into clinical practice at a neurorehabilitation clinic
  • Excellent working conditions including a competitive salary (starting at about CHF 47'000)
  • Comprehensive doctoral training programs
  • Additional funding for conference travel and education
  • The University of Basel is an equal opportunity and family friendly employer committed to excellence through diversity
Application / Contact

Please send your application via e-mail to ideally before June 12, 2022.
Interested applicants are asked to send one single pdf document containing :
  • Cover letter outlining the motivation to pursue a PhD in the context of this project
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Relevant certifications
  • A sample document of academic writing (e.g., master thesis)
  • One letter of recommendation
Review of applications will begin on June 13, 2022 and will continue until the position has been filled. The earliest starting date is September 1, 2022. Please don't hesitate to contact for further inquiries.
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