Would you like to be part of the Memory, Attention, & Cognitive Control Lab? Don't hesitate to get in touch with Dr. Günseli to volunteer as a research assistant, or to apply for an MA or a PhD position.

See below for more information on available PhD positions.

PhD positions in Psychology (Cognitive)

I am pleased to announce the opening of five PhD positions at the Psychology Department, Sabancı University, Istanbul (https://www.sabanciuniv.edu/en/) under the supervision of Dr. Eren Günseli https://www.gunselilab.com/), funded by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK). Projects aim to investigate the interactions between working memory and long-term memory using EEG.

The positions will start in Fall 2020, though other start dates can be negotiated. The psychology group at Sabancı University, Istanbul, is currently expanding and starting a new graduate program. There will be multiple EEG facilities and eye trackers on site. At later stages of the projects, collaborations using fMRI may be possible.


  • Applicants should hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, computational neuroscience, statistics, computer science, or a related field

Note: Applicants graduating from a Bachelor’s program should feel free to get in touch, as additional positions for a MA+PhD combined program is possible.

  • Strong skills in research methodology and statistics, demonstration of critical thinking abilities, and strong verbal and written communication skills in English are essential

  • Experience with EEG and strong programming/computational skills (e.g., MATLAB, Python) are desirable but not required

  • Speaking Turkish is not required

Responsibilities of PhD students will involve the following:

  • Designing and programming experiments (behavioral and EEG)

  • Collecting and analyzing data (event-related potentials, time-frequency power, forward encoding models)

  • Preparing manuscripts for publication and presenting findings at national and international conferences

  • Possible supervision of research assistants


  • A competitive salary

  • Health insurance contribution

  • Free campus housing (or commuter benefits for students who wish to rent on their own)

  • A laptop during the PhD program

  • Reimbursement for multiple national and international conferences.


Istanbul is a vibrant and multicultural city with world-famous food, bars, arts and culture, history, nightlife, etc. Sabancı University campus is 15 minutes away from Sabiha Gokcen Airport with flights to major European and Middle Eastern cities and gorgeous Mediterranean towns of Turkey.

How to apply:

Applicants are asked to send a CV, a brief statement of research interests, and the names and contact of at least two references to eren.gunseli@sabanciuniv.edu. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with questions.


Eren Günseli