Job Offer

Post-doctoral position available

Applications are invited for a full-time post-doctoral research position at the Faculty of Psychology of Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium. The position is covered by an Advanced Concerted Research Actions project (ACR) titled “The Socio-Cognitive Impact of Literacy”, coordinated by Régine Kolinsky (Research Unit in Cognitive Neurosciences, Center for Research in Cognition & Neurosciences, CRCN) and Olivier Klein (Center for Social and Cultural Psychology, CeSCuP).


We offer onsite laboratory facilities and a highly interdisciplinary and active research environment. The position will be funded and renewable on yearly basis for up to two years.


Starting date: February 2019 (at the latest). It is possible to start earlier.

Post-doctoral position available



Combining cognitive psychology, psycholinguistics and social psychology approaches, we aim at examining the impact of literacy learning on the socio-cognitive skills that are essential for exerting one’s citizenship, allowing critical and argumentative thinking as well as information validation endowing resistance to misinformation. For this purpose we will train people with poor reading skills (adolescents attending vocational education and functional illiterate adults). We will track their progress through behavioral measures, including eye-movement recording, in order to examine whether:

(i) literacy progress leads to increases in critical and argumentative thinking, greater skepticism and enhanced information validation capacities, including as regards fake news and conspiracy theories,

(ii) these developments are related to progress in supportive capacities such as reasoning, memory, executive and mindreading abilities, and

(iii) the effects of literacy on those skills are mediated by its effects on oral language proficiency.


Candidate requirements
We seek candidates with a strong background in psycholinguistics OR in the social cognitive processes involved in language comprehension and/or belief formation, and with a very good knowledge of French (for being involved in the testing of poorly literate adolescents and adults). Other aspects that will be taken into account are experience in eye movement recording, and in working with disadvantaged populations and/or in a school context.


Eligibility criteria
* Applicants of any age and of any nationality are eligible
* Eligible applicants are Experienced Researchers, i.e. holders of a PhD degree, with maximum 7 years postdoctoral experience at the date of 1 January 2019.
* Eligible applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Belgium for more than 12 months during the 3 years preceding the call deadline.
* Eligible applicants should not have benefited from another postdoctoral fellowship in Belgium for more than 6 months by the date of 1 January 2019.


* EU Citizens and citizens from countries that have a bilateral social security agreement with Belgium: social security coverage including medical insurance, unemployment benefit, retirement pension, maternity leave and child benefit
* Non-EU Citizens from countries that have NO bilateral social security agreement with Belgium: social security coverage including medical insurance, maternity leave and child benefit
* Insurance against accidents in the workplace
* Tax exemption
* Low-cost private hospitalization insurance
* On-site services at the ULB: medical centre, university hospital, sports centre, subsidized restaurants, cultural centre, crèche, activities for children…


How to apply
Applications should be sent by email to Régine Kolinsky and should include:
– a C.V. including a list of publications
– two letters of recommendation
– a short cover letter describing research interests


Please, mention that you are applying to the “POSTDOCTORAL position ACR” in the email subject.


Feel free to contact Régine Kolinsky or Olivier Klein should you have any questions.


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.