Postdoctoral Program

Topic_teachingprogram.pngThe goal of the Postdoctoral Program (PP) is to promote research excellence among postdoctoral fellows in the affective sciences. The program offers a number of training opportunities to develop their interdisciplinary skills and general academic competences. One of the major advantages of the program is the possibility to work in a multidisciplinary setting and engage in collaborative research with colleagues from different domains.

Eligibility criteria

The Postdoctoral Program in Affective Sciences is open to all researchers with a postdoctoral contract at a Swiss university who are conducting research on affective phenomena and would like to expand their interdisciplinary competences in the broad domain of the affective sciences.

General structure

The Postdoctoral Program is one of the activities organized by the Education and Training Program of the NCCR. The main purpose of the Postdoctoral Program is to provide a solid basis of interdisciplinary competences to postdoctoral scholars who are conducting research on affective phenomena at a Swiss institution. The typical duration of the Postdoctoral Program is 2 years (and up to 4). The official language of the Postdoctoral Program is English, but some seminars, mainly those at the home institution (University of Geneva), may be in French. Most of the activities will take place in Geneva, but some activities may be occasionally held in Bern, Fribourg, Neuchâtel and Zurich.


The members of the Postdoctoral Program enjoy three main benefits: a varied program of training opportunities, financial support for their academic travel, and a large academic network.

Training activities
Most of the training activities organized by the E&T Program are designed to fit the needs of the Graduate School and Postdoctoral Program. Except for a couple of them, these activities are voluntary for the members of the PP, although they are recommended.

Travel grants
The members of the PP can be funded to attend summer schools, to present their work at international conferences, to visit another lab, or to take part in any scientific activity relevant for their career. These activities need to be previously notified to the Education and Training committee. The amount available for this purpose is (up to) 2000.- per year.

Academic networking
All members of the PP are part of the mailing lists of the NCCR, where academic activities are advertised. These provide regular opportunities to meet with the other postdocs and members of the NCCR. The Intranet affords the possibility of creating working groups and, once a year, the whole NCCR meets on the occasion of the Annual Research Forum (ARF) for a day of academic exchange. Additionally, the members of the GS and PP located in Geneva meet regularly at “Peers”, an informal lunch meeting self-managed by the members, who get together to discuss work and to support each other in all matters relevant to academic life.

Commitments of the members

Each member of the Postdoctoral Program is expected to

  • attend with reasonable regularity the CISA Seminars and other training activities organized by the E&T Program
  • be available to the fellow postdocs and graduate students for consultation and to share his/her expertise
  • be available for some knowledge transfer activities
  • attend the Annual Research Forum (compulsory for all NCCR members)
  • be available, if necessary, for collaboration in activities organized by the Center, like the summer school and the CISA Seminar Series (for example, chairing a session with a speaker in his/her field).


Successful participants will receive the Postdoctoral Program in Affective Sciences Certificate, delivered by the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) Affective Sciences. The Certificate will officially acknowledge that the postdoctoral researchers have successfully participated in the interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Program in Affective Sciences. For those who request it, a list of activities carried out during the program will be provided as well.

Application procedure

To apply, please send the following documents to the director of the program, Dr. Cristina Soriano:

  • a curriculum vitae,
  • a letter of motivation,
  • a letter of recommendation from your supervisor


Dr. Cristina Soriano
Head of Education & Training
Swiss Center for Affective Sciences

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