Department of Economics Zurich Center for Neuroeconomics (ZNE)
PhD Position 60 %
The Zurich Center for Neuroeconomics offers a PhD position in neuroeconomics in the research group of Prof. Philippe Tobler. The position is available at the Marlene Porsche Graduate School of Neuroeconomics.
The project "Determinants of financial decision making" is a large-scale collaboration with Professors Rui Mata and Jörg Rieskamp from the University of Basel, and Professor Thorsten Hens from the University of Zurich's Department of Banking and Finance. Demographic change has resulted in many aging Western societies facing major financial challenges, including the question of whether social security and pension systems are well funded for the future. The increasing responsibility for financial well-being across the life cycle raises the question of how more successful investors differ from less successful ones.
The goal of the project is to explore the factors that lead to individual variation in financial decision making and, ultimately, successful financial outcomes. We aim to adopt an interdisciplinary approach by linking insights from cognitive psychology, decision neuroscience, behavioral finance, and developmental psychology. Our project in this larger collaboration is an fMRI study that will contribute to decomposing the sources of variation in decision making through cognitive modeling and neuroimaging techniques designed to uncover basic cognitive and motivational processes.
completed Master's degree
excellent English skills (both written and oral)
strong skills in scientific data analysis and writing
demonstrated experience with fMRI data analysis (e.g. already analyzed an fMRI dataset under supervision)
demonstrated programming experience
familiarity with or ability to pick up quickly on high-performance computing pipelines
Desirable skills Further experience with any elements of the existing acquisition and analysis pipeline will be very helpful:
programming experiments in Psychtoolbox (or Cogent)
data analysis in Matlab and/or R (particularly multilevel modeling),
MRI data analysis using SPM (in batch-mode)
running analyses on a high-performance computing cluster (working knowledge of bash/shell)
experience with conducting laboratory experiments in cognitive psychology or behavioral economics
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). The position is funded for 4 years (salary is approximately 49,000 CHF gross per year).
Place of work
Blümlisalpstr. 10, 8006 Zurich
Start of employment
Employment start date to be mutually agreed upon. The position can start immediately, but no later than December 2019. Please submit your application by 31/07/2019.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with "FinDec PhD application" in the subject line: 1) a CV or resume 2) a cover letter detailing research experience and technical expertise