The School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham is a top class 5* department with strong expertise in Cognitive Neuroscience. It provides state-of-the art equipment for behavioural neuroscience, neuropsychology and imaging with a state-of-the-art Imaging Centre (3T scanner) as well as access to a large group of screened neuropsychological patients, EEG/ERP systems, TMS delivery systems, robot systems for haptic research, and several systems for eye movement tracking and kinematic analysis.

If you are interested in research in behavioural neuroscience combining psychophysical and neuroimaging techniques please contact Zoe Kourtzi

Current vacancies

Positions in neuroscience of learning and brain plasticity

Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher post in Adaptive Brain Computations

A Research Fellow (PhD or early postdoc) position is available to work in the field of brain imaging and brain plasticity. This Early Stage Researcher position is funded by the European Union as part of the ABC Marie Curie Initial Training Network in adaptive brain computations.

“Adaptive Brain Computations” (ABC) is a multi-disciplinary research and training programme which aims to integrate the study of learning and brain plasticity to promote wellbeing and advance healthcare interventions. The network takes a multidisciplinary approach, synthesising methods from brain imaging, behavioural science, physiology, and computational modelling to understand brain plasticity. Involvement in the network provides exciting opportunities for high-level research training, international travel and exchange between labs. For more information on ABC, please check:

Eligibility criteria:
1. You should have a background in subjects related to the research including neuroscience, cognitive psychology, computer science, engineering or physics.
2. You should be in the first 4 years of your research career and should not yet have been awarded a PhD.
3. You must not have lived in the same country as the institution to which you are applying for >12 months during the past 3 years.

To apply please contact Prof. Zoe Kourtzi (
Please send CV, personal statement of research background and interests and the names of 3 referees.

Post-doc and PhD positions in understanding the learning mechanisms for visual recognition in the human and primate brain.

Post-doctoral and PhD student positions are available to work with Zoe Kourtzi in collaboration with colleagues (P Janssen, R Vogels, W Vanduffel) at the Lab of Neurophysiology, University of Leuven. Our research aims to understand the neural circuits and learning mechanisms that support visual recognition functions in the primate brain. Projects will involve comparative work in human and non-human primates using brain imaging and interventional approaches. The work will combine visual psychophysics, advanced computational analysis methods (i.e. machine learning), brain imaging (fMRI, EEG, TMS) and neurophysiology.

Research will be conducted within well-equipped labs that incorporate a range of bespoke equipment. The Lab of Neurophysiology provides an excellent working environment with a pronounced research focus and international expertise in Vision Science, Neurophysiology and Neuroimaging. Facilities include, an Imaging Centre with integrated equipment for the study of human and non-human primates (3T scanners, EEG, TMS). Our research group further benefits from regular interactions with a wide network of international collaborators.

Candidates should have a strong background in Neuroscience, Computer Science, Psychology, Physics, Mathematics or a related field. Programming skills (e.g. Matlab, C) are essential and experience with brain imaging or physiology is desirable.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to
Applications should include a CV, brief statement of research interests, and the names of 3 referees.