PhD candidate position in Categorization and Discrimination of emotions

Temporal aspect in emotional prosody decoding through Near-Infrared Spectroscopy in an evolutionary and comparative framework

We are pleased to announce the opening of a PhD position at Geneva University's Neurosciences of Emotion and Affective Dynamics (NEAD) lab in the Department of Psychology and Educational Sciences as part of a grant provided by the Swiss National Foundation.

The topics are related to emotional prosody categorization and discrimination and more specifically to the roles of the inferior frontal cortices in such phenomena. The applicant should have a master in Psychology, Neuroscience or Cognitive Sciences and should generally be interested in emotional processing research as well as comparative and developmental approaches. Experience with neuroimaging, signal processing and programming (MatLab), and statistics is expected. We also expect the candidate to demonstrate capacities to work autonomously within a team. Potential research projects include behavioral and functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) studies of emotional processing. The applicant should be fluent in English. Knowledge of French and/or German is a plus.

The University of Geneva together with the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences and the Brain and Behavior Laboratory (BBL) provide a unique interdisciplinary research environment for emotional processing studies and access to great research facilities including NIRS, MRI, virtual reality laboratory, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and electroencephalography (EEG).

Interested applicants should send their CV, a letter describing their interests and the name of two referees by email to Prof. Didier Grandjean ( and Dr. Thibaud Gruber ( Please submit applications by the end of November 2015 for consideration. Interviews will be held in beginning-mid December 2015. The position will start in February 2016 or later for a duration of 3 years and lead to a PhD in Psychology or Neurosciences; the salary corresponds to a SNSF candoc position.

Physicist for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) at the Brain and Behavior Laboratory (BBL), University of Geneva

We are seeking an MR physicist with technical training and extensive experience in magnetic resonance imaging, including but not limited to strong expertise in functional MRI. Knowledge in diffusion and other imaging modalities is also desirable. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing and supervising a 3T MRI facility fully dedicated to neuroscience research and particularly cognitive brain imaging. Responsibilities include oversight of technical operations and maintenance of the scanner to guarantee the smooth running of the MRI platform; ensuring interfaces with various equipments for use in neuroscience research and enforcing safety policies; bringing solutions for hardware compatibility or design  appropriate to research in the MR environment; support to researchers for scientific activities and student training; data management; as well as MRI protocol optimization, pulse sequence programming and development. The post-holder will directly supervise a radiology technician in charge of day-to-day acquisitions and planning, and have close interactions with other staff in the laboratory in charge of informatics and general lab management. The post-holder will be a core member of the BBL staff, affiliated with both the Center for Neuroscience and the Center for Affective Sciences, which are two interdisciplinary excellence centers of the University of Geneva.

The post-holder will have opportunities for independent scientific research depending on personal interest and competences, in addition to intense collaborations on various short-term or long-term projects with many research groups working in basic and clinical neuroscience, cognitive psychology, EEG, or computer sciences, from diverse institutions in Geneva. Close interactions are also expected with other imaging facilities including the Radiology Department of the University Hospital of Geneva (HUG), the Campus Biotech of Geneva where new neuroscience platforms are installed, as well as the Center of Bio-Medical Imaging (CIBM) where high-field MR platforms (human 7T and animal 9T-14T) are jointly established between Geneva and Lausanne Universities and EPFL.

Salary/rank will be commensurate with experience (PhD required). Starting date is January 1st 2016 (but negotiable if needed). Contract planned for unlimited duration after probationary period of one year. Geneva offers a thriving international scientific environment and high standards of living.

Applicants should send a CV, motivation statement, any representative publications, and at least 2 reference letters to:

Professor Patrik Vuilleumier, Department of Neuroscience (NEUFO),

University Medical Center, 1 rue Michel-Servet, 1211 Geneva 4, Switzerland

All documents should be sent by email to:

Reviews of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.

PhD position in computer science and affective computing

We are looking for a candidate with a solid background in signal processing for a fully-funded PhD position at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences and Computer Vision and Multimedia Laboratory (CVML), computer science department, University of Geneva. The research, to be undertaken by the student, focuses on analyzing the interactions between facial expressions and electroencephalogram (EEG) signals with the aim of reducing unwanted interferences and recognizing emotions. Research will involve recording and analyzing EEG signals and facial expressions using Bayesian estimation methods.

The position offers the opportunity to work in a diverse environment consisting of members of the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences and the CVML Laboratory spanning varied topics, such as affective computing, stochastic signal processing, neuropsychology , and machine learning. The PhD student is encouraged to publish in high profile venues, and to develop herself/himself as a researcher with other professional activities (doctoral or summer schools, working with bachelor and master level students).

The doctoral student will be supervised by Dr. Mohammad Soleymani (Swiss Center for Affective Sciences) and Prof. Thierry Pun (CVML Laboratory) and will have access to the resources provided by both the CVML Lab. and the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences.

This project is funded by the Swiss Hasler foundation and upon satisfactory progress its funding is secured for 3 years with the possibility for extension for the fourth year.


Required qualifications

  • An MSc in a field related to one or more of the following: electrical engineering, computer science, applied mathematics. (we also consider applicants who are about completing their MSc).
  • Strong knowledge of signal processing and statistics.  
  • Strong programming skills in Matlab or Python
  • Interest in performing experiments with humans including recording multimodal sensorial data from volunteer participants.
  • Ability to communicate and report research results in English.


Desired qualification

  • Knowledge and experience with Bayesian estimation methods such as Kalman filtering or particle filters.
  • Experience with open source Brain Computer Interface technologies including openVIBE
  • Experience with data collection and experimental design
  • Proficient in C++
  • Strong knowledge of stochastic signal processing
  • Experience publishing and presenting research results
  • Ability to communicate in French.


Information and application

The PhD student will be enrolled as a doctoral student at the computer science department, Faculty of Sciences, University of Geneva.

Starting date: as soon as possible (preferably by January 2016)

For more information about this position, please contact Mohammad Soleymani e-mail: To apply, please send your application package containing the following material to <> before September 15th 2015.


Application package should include the following documents in electronic format:

  1. A short motivation letter explaining your research background and why you are a suitable candidate for this project (max 1 page).
  2. A detailed CV
  3. The transcripts for bachelor and master degrees.
  4. The contact information for three references; please do not include the reference letters with your applications. We will only ask for the reference letters from the short-listed candidates.

The CV and motivation letter should be written in English; The transcripts can be submitted in English, French or Persian. The shortlisted candidates will be notified by October 15th.

The student will have access to excellent equipment and world-class training in computer and affective sciences.  The gross salary before tax and social charges starts around CHF52’000.


About Swiss Center for Affective Sciences

The Swiss Center for Affective Sciences is a world-leading research center dedicated to the research on emotions. This interdisciplinary center hosts researchers from different departments including, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy and computer science. It is located at the Biotech Campus ( hosting different research groups from the University of Geneva and EPFL in addition to a startup incubator, NGOs and other foundations.  


University of Geneva

The University of Geneva ( is a public research university of the Canton of Geneva. Founded in 1559 by Jean Calvin, the University of Geneva (UNIGE) is dedicated to thinking, teaching, dialogue and research. With 16’000 students of more than 140 different nationalities, it is Switzerland’s second largest university. It is also consistently within the best universities worldwide according to academic rankings.


About Geneva

Geneva is known as the “smallest of big cities” and the “city of peace”.  Located at the foot of the Alps, Geneva provides an excellent quality of life and hosts a diverse and international population. Among other things, Geneva is home to CERN and the European headquarters of United Nations. For more information, take a look at the following link:

The greater Geneva area is a world-renowned education and research hub, home to the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the IDIAP research institute. It offers considerable opportunities for training and exposure to academic activities.


PhD position in Psychology available within the Consumer Decision and Sustainable Behavior Lab at the University of Geneva

We are seeking applications for a 3-year PhD position within the newly established Consumer Decision and Sustainable Behavior Lab ( at the Department of Psychology, University of Geneva. The position is embedded in a large-scale research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The project team will investigate explicit and implicit psychological determinants of energy-related decisions. The overall goal is to develop theory-based interventions to increase energy efficiency and conservation behavior in multiple domains.

Content: The research project aims at developing a comprehensive model of determinants of energy-related decision making. The envisaged framework incorporates explicit self-reported scales as well as implicit measurements such as automatic responses, implicit associations, and emotional responses. Based on this framework, it is aimed to develop interventions to promote energy efficiency and conservation in several behavioral domains: i.e. frequently repeating decisions, purchase decisions, and political voting behavior. The successful candidate will take on an essential part in the project, which consists of a team of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers. The project is embedded within the Consumer Decision and Sustainable Behavior Lab (Director: Prof. Tobias Brosch).

Requirements: Applicants should have an excellent master’s degree in psychology, very good methodological and statistical skills as well as a strong interest in environmental and/or political topics as well as consumer behavior. Furthermore, applicants should have a strong dedication to a scientific career, the willingness to work in an interdisciplinary environment, excellent oral and written skills in English, and a good knowledge of French (or the willingness to learn French quickly).

Benefits: The successful candidates will profit from the rich interdisciplinary environment of the National Center of Competence in Research in Affective Sciences ( and the Competence Center for Research in Energy, Society and Transition ( Salary will start at about CHF 47’000 (before taxes and social charges). Additional resources to fund conference travel are available. Geneva is located between the Alps, the Jura, and Lake Geneva, and is noted for its international character and high quality of life.

Applications: Interested applicants are asked to send a cover letter outlining their interest in the project and their motivation to pursue a PhD, their CV, previous publications (if any) and two letters of recommendation to

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Earliest starting date is September 1, 2015. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for further inquiries (