Post-doctoral research positions in The Social Mind and Body Group (Somby)

Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

The Social Mind and Body Group (Somby) at Central European University (CEU), Budapest, invites applications for post-doctoral research positions. The positions are funded through three different ERC grants (ERC Consolidator grant on “Joint action expertise: behavioral, cognitive, and neural mechanisms for joint action learning” led by Prof. Natalie Sebanz; ERC Synergy grant on “Constructing social minds: coordination, communication, and cultural transmission”, led by Prof. Günther Knoblich; ERC Starting Grant on “The Sense of Commitment: An Integrative Framework for Modeling the Sense of Commitment“, led by Asst. Prof. John Michael).

The Social Mind and Body Group is an international, English speaking team of scientists and staff from eight different countries, currently comprising five postdocs, three lab managers, eight PhD students, and three senior faculty. Our common research interest is to study the role of perceptual, motor, and cognitive processes in social interaction, with a special focus on joint action. The Social Mind and Body Group is part of the Department of Cognitive Science at Central European University which offers an advanced study program (PhD only) and has a specialization in the social nature of human cognition and action.

Prospective candidates should hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive (neuro-) science, Social Cognition, Music Cognition or a related field. Programming skills (Matlab, Python, E-Prime, Presentation etc.) are highly desirable. Experience with running and analyzing eye tracking and motion tracking experiments, EEG experiments, and studies of music performance is also desirable.
The positions are available for 2 years with the possibility of extension. Compensation will be commensurate with experience. We offer a competitive salary (comparable to salaries for post-doc positions in the US or UK), and a dynamic environment with state of the art facilities, international collaborations, and innovative research.

Central European University (CEU) is a graduate research-intensive university specializing primarily in the social sciences and the humanities, as well as law, business and public policy. It is located in Budapest, and accredited in the United States and Hungary. CEU’s mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, and civic engagement. CEU offers both Master’s and doctoral programs, and enrolls about 1400 students from 100 countries. The teaching staff consists of more than 180 resident faculty members from over 40 countries, and a large number of prominent visiting scholars from around the world. The language of instruction is English.

CEU is an equal opportunity employer.

How to apply:
Potential applicants are asked to submit a full CV, contact information for 2 references, and a cover letter. Please send your complete application package - including the following relevant job codes in subject line: 2016/030. Informal inquiries about the position can be addressed to Günther Knoblich (, John Michael (, and Natalie Sebanz (