2 Full-time PhD positions
at the Lab of Prof. Louisa Bogaerts, Ghent University

The lab’s core research areas include human learning and language skills. We want to understand how people learn and why some of us learn with much greater ease than others. You can read more about our research here


The two PhD positions are part of the project ‘Readers as statistical learners: an individual differences approach’, funded by an Odysseus starting grant. In this project, we will develop and test a novel approach to individual differences in learning regularities from print. It considers variability in (i) initial learning but also in (ii) the retention of learned patterns over longer time periods and (iii) individual’s adaptability to changing environments, aiming to explain and predict the reading behaviour of adult and child readers. In general, the project will make use of behavioural experimentation and eye-tracking. One research line has a strong focus on neuroimaging.


We are a new lab at the Department of Experimental Psychology, which houses a large number of labs that study human cognition, with many international PhD candidates and postdocs. The lab is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive research environment. The lab has long-term collaborators in North America, Europe and The Middle East, so a research stay abroad is certainly a possibility. 


More information on doing a PhD at Ghent University can be found here.


We are seeking 2 strong candidates for a funded PhD position

Each PhD appointment (full-time) is for 4 years, preferably with a start date between February 2022 and April 2022. Will you obtain your master this academic year? Then starting during or after summer is also possible.


Job profile

  • You have a passion for scientific research, and the topics of learning/language have a special appeal to you.

  • You are a curious team player with good problem-solving skills.

  • You already have some research experience (e.g., Master thesis, research internship) and can demonstrate basic programming and data analyses skills.

  • You have a good mastery of English (e.g., you are able to communicate with test subjects in English, you are comfortable writing a research proposal in English).


Candidates should have a relevant Master’s degree in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Educational Sciences, Linguistics or a similar field. 

For one position Dutch/Flemish fluency is required as there will be communication with children as part of the research.


How to apply

Interested candidates should submit the following using this form

  • a short motivation statement (max. 400 words)

  • names and contact details of two academic references 

Subsequently, send the following documents by email, to louisa.bogaerts@ugent.be:

  • a Curriculum Vitae

  • a transcript of grades (at minimum from the Masters)


Application deadline: December 17th, 2021


Further information of the application process

The second stage of the application process will involve writing your reflections on a scientific article, the final stage is an interview.