Department of Economics
Zurich Center for Neuroeconomics (ZNE)
PhD Position 60 %
The Zurich Center for Neuroeconomics (ZNE) offers a PhD position in neuroeconomics in the research group of Prof. Alós-Ferrer (NOMIS Professorship for Decision and Neuroeconomic Theory). The position is available at the Marlene Porsche Graduate School of Neuroeconomics.
Neuroeconomics combines research from different fields such as neuroscience, behavioral economics but also cognitive and social psychology. Neuroeconomics therefore is a very interdisciplinary science. The neoclassical approach to economic decision making is insufficient to account for and organize empirical findings on actual economic decision making for several reasons (e.g. decisions often arise from the interaction and even conflict between different behavioral tendencies or decision processes with fundamentally different characteristics (e.g., deliberative vs. intuitive).
The objective of the project is to develop and test a model architecture for economic decision making, integrating received and new insights from neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics. One methodological research line of the project concentrates on neural correlates of decision making, specifically those measured with the electroencephalograph (EEG). The corresponding experiments will rely on well-established event-related potentials (ERPs) which index e.g. conflict between behavioral tendencies or decision processes. Crucially, these neural correlates deliver information which cannot be deduced from pure choice data or response times, and hence are invaluable for model development.
The position is within the SNF Project "The Neuroeconomics of Conflict and Preference Strength in Decision Making." The goal of this interdisciplinary project is to develop and test a model architecture for economic decision making, integrating received and new insights from neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics. The successful candidate will participate in a series of studies using EEG and eye-tracking.
- Master degree completed by end of September 2019
- Willingness to work in a highly interdisciplinary environment
- High enthusiasm and motivation for doing research in the field of neuroeconomics
- Proven experience with collecting and analyzing EEG data
- Working experience with statistical analysis of data (Stata, R, and/or Matlab)
- Experience with computer programming (e.g., Python, Java, NBS-Presentation, E-Prime)
- Experience conducting eye-tracking studies
- Excellent communication and writing skills in the English language
- Good analytical skills (mathematics/statistics)
What we offer
We offer an exciting position in a stimulating and challenging environment, a dynamic and interdisciplinary team and the opportunity to utilize state-of-the-art equipment and facilities (SNS Lab).
Place of work Bluemlisalpstr. 10, 8006 Zurich
Start of employment
The position is available from October 1, 2019, and is funded for three years at standard SNSF rates.
We are seeking to fill this PhD position within the Marlene Porsche Graduate School of Neuroeconomics at the University of Zurich. Those interested in applying should note that we are filling this opening outside the standard biannual application review process, so you should follow the application procedure listed below rather than the instructions listed on the program website.
For full consideration, please submit the following to alexander.jaudas(at)econ.uzh.ch with "PhD application" in the subject line.
1) your CV
2) a cover letter detailing your research experience and technical expertise
3) your recent university transcripts
4) the names and contact data of at least two references
Further information Dr. Alexander Jaudas alexander.jaudas(at)econ.uzh.ch
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