PhD at Neuroethology of Communication Lab

Upcoming scholarship deadlines:

For non EU-citizens: Stipendium Hungaricum Doctoral programme January 2021

For EU-citizens: ELTE Doctoral School of Biology May 2021

Why joining us: If you are interested in animal social, vocal and/or verbal abilities, language evolution, interspecific communication and comparative cognition, then your place is with us. In our work we strive to better understand how biology and culture shaped the evolution of communication and language. In particular, we aim at distinguishing common mammalian traits and human-specific traits in the processing of vocal and linguistic signals, using behavioural and neuroimaging methods.

What we expect from you: The ideal candidate has a MSc/MA degree in cognitive (neuro)science, psychology, biology, psycholinguistics or a related discipline, with a good academic track record. Furthermore, the applicant is expected to have advanced English skills, to be enthusiastic and dedicated to learn new skills and strive for scientific excellence, to be able to work independently, but also in a multidisciplinary team.

Your PhD project: Dependent on your expertise/interest, your PhD research project will focus on neuroscientific and/or behavioural investigations of social, vocal and/or verbal processing capacities of humans, dogs and/or pigs in a comparative ethological framework. You will be trained in all necessary skills to become an independent researcher of the field. During the 4-year doctoral programme you will have the unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge about state-of-the-art comparative neuroscientific and ethological research methods.

Doctoral Programme: If your application is successful, you will enroll in the Ethology Doctoral Programme of the ELTE Doctoral School in Biology, starting on 6 September 2020, and perform your doctoral research as a member of the Neuroethology of Communication Lab, under the supervision of Attila Andics. The full-time position(s) are initially for 2 years, with possible prolongation for up to 4 years. The amount of the national scholarship is net 140,000 HUF in the first 2 years, and 180,000 HUF in years 3-4 per month. Based on performance additional financial support might be provided. Information on the cost of living in Budapest is here.

How to apply: Please send your CV, a motivation letter and contact information of one reference to Attila Andics ( For a September 2021 starting date the upcoming scholarship deadline for non EU-citizens is January, 2021 (Stipendium Hungaricum scheme), and May, 2021 for EU-citizens (application sent directly to ELTE Doctoral School of Biology). Please note, that a detailed project plan has to be prepared in cooperation with your prospective supervisor prior to your application.