FUNDED POSTDOCTORAL POSITION – Neurolinguistics and Aphasia Group

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

  • Position: Post-doctoral researcher
  • Researcher Profile: R2, Recognised Researcher (PhD holders or equivalent who are not yet fully independent) / R3, Established Researcher (Researchers who have developed a level of independence)
  • Number of vacancies: 1
  • Project: Language and cognitive recovery after stroke, within the Neurolinguistics and Aphasia group
  • Location:  Spain > Donostia-San Sebastián
  • Research Field: Cognitive Neuroscience 
  • Type of contract/Duration of Contract: 2 years
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Hours per week: 35
  • Starting date: July 2023

The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (BCBL) in San Sebastián (Basque Country, Spain) is offering a 2-year funded post-doctoral opportunity. The post-doctoral researcher will work on a research project within the Neurolinguistics and Aphasia research group (PI: Dr. Simona Mancini) focusing on the role of blood-brain barrier and molecular biomarkers in predicting language and cognitive recovery after stroke, in collaboration with University Hospital Cruces/Biocruces (Dr. María del Mar Freijo Guerrero), Achucarro - Basque Center for Neuroscience (Dr. Abraham Martín Muñoz) and CIC biomaGUNE (Prof. Pedro Ramos Cabrer).

The project is part of the main research lines developed within a national network (RICORS-ICTUS) funded by the Carlos III Health Institute for the study of clinical aspects of stroke and its prognosis.

Job description: The selected candidate will be involved in the neuroanatomical mapping of the blood-brain barrier disruption following clinical stroke using CT imaging.

The selected candidate must have excellent programming skills using Python, R, Java, Matlab, C++ or similar languages. Experience in the field of MRI will be a plus.

The researcher will have the opportunity to be involved in a translational research project where clinical research, neuroimaging and basic research groups collaborate, and will have access to cutting-edge research facilities at BCBL, including MEG, EEG, fMRI, eye-tracking and psychophysics laboratories.

Excellent organization and communication skills are required to contribute towards the dissemination of the results at international scientific conferences (presentations/posters) and peer-reviewed journals.

PI and research group: the selected candidate will be integrated in the Neurolinguistics and Aphasia Group ( led by Dr. Simona Mancini ( and will work closely with Dr. A. Martín Muñoz (Laboratory of Neuroimaging and Biomarkers of Inflammation, Achucarro Basque Center for Neuroscience, Bilbao) and Prof. P. Ramos Cabrer (Molecular Imaging Unit, CICbiomaGUNE, Donostia-San Sebastián).



Required skills:

  • Applicants should have a Master and a PhD (or nearly completed) degree in Cognitive Neuroscience, Computer Science, Biotechnology, Engineering and/or related areas.
  • The applicants must demonstrate excellent communication skills in English.
  • Programming skills using Python, R, Java, Mathlab, C++ or similar languages

Desirable skills:

  • Neuroimaging experience (CT and MRI)



Salary: Gross salary € 28.000 - € 30.000 

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 working language at the center is English.
  • The center offers initial level Spanish and Basque lessons to all new staff members.
  • The interview will be conducted in English



Submission of the application and documentation:

To submit your application, please follow this link:  applying for “Postdoc_IKUR_Postdoc2023_NLA” and attach the following documentation:

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

The application deadline is March 1st 2023. Interviews with selected candidates are expected to take place between the 6 and the 10 of March.


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