PhD candidate Faculty of Health Medicine and Life Sciences School for Mental Health and Neuroscience

PhD candidate Faculty of Health Medicine and Life Sciences School for Mental Health and Neuroscience

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5 Sep 22 Sep Maastricht

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We invite applications for a PhD position in neuroscience/ neuroimaging / psychophysiology at the Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology of the Maastricht University Medical Centre, and the School for Mental Health and Neuroscience, Faculty for Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, in collaboration with the Dept. of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Faculty for Psychology and Neuroscience.

Job description

The position is embedded in our translational programme of research into mechanisms of anxiety and affective disorder and our cross-faculty research programme on clinical neurofeedback.

Project description

To harness multi-level physiological (psychophysiology, neuroimaging), behavioural and endocrine measurements to identify mechanisms of basic emotions and suitable targets for modulation through neuro-/biofeedback for anxiety disorders. There is room for project ideas from the candidate within this framework.


Maastricht University (UM)


You are a highly motivated creative innovator with a team spirit. You are able to work in the interactive field of technological innovation, clinical psychology and medicine, like complex problems, and have good skills in English. You have excellent communicative and organization competences. A M.Sc. degree is required in psychology, biomedical engineering, computer science, neurosciences, biomedical sciences or other related fields. Affinity with MR imaging, data analysis, and a strong background in computer programming (e.g. Matlab, Python) is desirable.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 4 years.

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website > Support > UM employees.



Maastricht University

Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 18,000 students and 4,300 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.


You will be working in a stimulating interdisciplinary biomedical team including clinicians and neuroscientists of the School for Mental Health and Neuroscience (MHeNs), the Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology and the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience (FPN). The project is embedded in the research programme in clinical neurofeedback of Professors Linden and Goebel, and the research programme in affective neuroscience and pathophysiology of anxiety disorders of Prof Schruers and Dr Leibold. MHeNs is one of the internationally leading institutes on neuroscience research, and aims at advancing our understanding of brain-behavior relationships by adopting an integrated approach between the various disciplines in neuro- and behavioral science, medicine and the life sciences. We collaborate closely with imaging experts in FPN/ Maastricht Brain Imaging Centre and Scannexus. The research is embedded in a very active programme in real-time imaging and neurofeedback. MHeNs and the Dept. of Cognitive Neuroscience at FPN are co-hosting the 4th International Conference on Real-time fMRI and neurofeedback ( in Maastricht and Aachen in December 2019. Further details about our previous work in clinical neurofeedback are available on

Maastricht Brain Imaging Centre

The Maastricht Brain Imaging Centre (M-BIC: ) is a research centre founded by the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience of Maastricht University. In collaboration with Scannexus it offers unique research facilities, including high (3 Tesla) and ultra-high (7 and 9.4 Tesla) magnetic fields MR scanners:


  • PhD; Research, development, innovation
  • Health
  • 36—40 hours per week
  • €2325—€2972 per month
  • University graduate
  • AT2019.300


Maastricht University (UM)

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