PhD Position in Neuroeconomics

University of Antwerp Faculty of Business and Economics


PhD position, Neuroeconomics

The Research group ACED Faculty of Business and Economics is seeking to fill a full-time (100%) vacancy for a

Doctoral student in the area of neuroeconomics


What are the roots of fairness and how does it restrain selfishness and sustain cooperation? While equality may be a guiding benchmark to decide on appropriate distributions, in reality, the fairness norm is a social construct, highly influenced by culture, feelings of attachment, values, and bargaining position. With behavioural- and neuro-imaging studies we investigate how different people decide what is fair or not, and how their fairness preferences are affected by power asymmetry and conflict. Relying on functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) techniques, the project aims to uncover the drivers of the person*context interaction and identify the different motivations behind fairness judgments and decisions. By gaining insights into this biological mechanism we contribute to a more solid foundation of social science predictions of how different people develop fairness preferences in different environments.

PI’s of project

The project is sponsored by the Research Foundation Flanders, FWO.

Job description

  • You prepare a doctoral thesis in the field of Economics on a topic related to the project described above.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold a master degree that is relevant to the field of neuroeconomics (e.g., Economic- , Psychological- , Biological- or Biomedical Sciences).
  • You can submit outstanding academic results.
  • Also students in the final year of their degree can apply.
  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.
  • A research master or experience with behavioural- and/or fMRI experiments is considered an additional strength.

We offer

  • a doctoral scholarship for a period of two years, with the possibility of renewal for a further two-year period after positive evaluation (hence a total of four years);
  • the starting date of scholarship is possible from September 1, 2020 on;
  • a gross monthly grant ranging from € 2.447,20 - € 2.596,27
  • a dynamic and stimulating work environment.

How to apply?

  • Applications may only be submitted online, until the closing date 20 April 2020.
  • A pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications and those candidates will be invited for a personal interview.
  • More information about the online application form can be obtained through
  • For questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact Prof. Carolyn H. Declerck,

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