PhD Candidate the Role of Photoperiod (daylength) in the Perinatal Phase on Sleep and the Circadian Clock in Adulthood

PhD Candidate the Role of Photoperiod (daylength) in the Perinatal Phase on Sleep and the Circadian Clock in Adulthood

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21 Jan 16 Feb Leiden

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Have you obtained a master’s degree in neuroscience and are you looking for a challenging PhD project in a medical setting? In addition, are you specifically interested in research aimed at sleep and the circadian clock? Then this is the position for you.

Job description

As a PhD candidate, you conduct research on the influence of being exposed to different photoperiods (daylengths) during the prenatal phase on sleep and the functioning of the circadian clock in adulthood in mice. To this end, you will use EEG/EMG measurements and electrophysiological measurements. You will closely collaborate with other research groups to analyse the epigenetic changes. You will finish your research with a doctoral thesis.


Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC)


We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic candidate who holds a master’s degree in neuroscience or similar. You are qualified to work with experimental animals and possess an ‘article 9’ or ‘article 12’ qualification. Furthermore, you are able to work both independently and in a multidisciplinary team. Are you interested in this project and do you meet the described profile criteria? Then we look forward to receiving you application.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 4 years.

You will be employed on the basis of 36 hours per week. Appointment is for a maximum of four years, to be completed with a doctoral thesis. Your salary will start with € 2,422 gross per month in the first year, amounting to a maximum of € 3,103 gross per month in the fourth year based on a fulltime position (scale for PhD students in the Collective Labour Agreement for University Hospitals).


References may be requested as part of the procedure. You may be asked to give a presentation.


Department of Cell and Chemical Biology (CCB)

You will work in a multidisciplinary team that focusses on sleep and circadian rhythm and you will be part of the Neurophysiological group of the Department of Cell and Chemical Biology (CCB). CCB is equipped with state of the art facilities for research. We believe that curiosity driven and experimental research by talented researchers is at the heart of progress in medical biology.


  • PhD; PhD scholarship; Research, development, innovation; Education; Patient care: other
  • Health
  • max. 36 hours per week
  • €2422—€3103 per month
  • University graduate
  • D.20.MH.CV.02


Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC)

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