PhD or Postdoc to work on the role of feedback connections in the gating of plasticity - NIN-KNAW - Amsterdam Zuidoost

PhD or Postdoc to work on the role of feedback connections in the gating of plasticity - NIN-KNAW - Amsterdam Zuidoost

Published Deadline Location
11 Mar 31 May Amsterdam Zuid-Oost

Job description

The Vision & cognition group has an exciting opportunity for a PhD student position or a Postdoctoral researcher position to work on the role of feedback connections in the gating of plasticity. 

Project description
Role of feedback connections in plasticity in the mouse visual cortex

Biologically plausible theories of learning in the brain suggested that feedback connections should gate synaptic plasticity. In this project we will test this hypothesis by studying the learning of visual stimuli in the visual cortex while varying the feedback effects, testing stimuli that attract attention and by optogenetic manipulations.

Specifications

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

Requirements

We expect from you:
You are highly motivated, self-driven with a degree in neuroscience, (neuro)psychology, biomedical sciences, natural sciences, material science, mathematics, physics, etc. A high level of written and spoken English and good programming skills are required. You will have experience with neurophysiological techniques, the analysis of neuronal activity in alert animals, and a background in neuroscience.

You should expect from us:

  • Mentoring, supervision and training
  • Access to state-of-the art infrastructure
  • A stimulating international research environment

Conditions of employment

Appointment
We offer an exciting job at a dynamic research institute and an attractive package of fringe benefits.

The position is for a period of 3 or 4 years in total for a postdoctoral researcher or PhD-student, respectively. The first appointment is for one year with an extension for the remaining period pending on an evaluation.  

Salary
The salary will be commensurate with experience and institutional guidelines based on the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities; CAO NU). Full time monthly salary for a PhD student is € 2.325,- in the 1st year to € 2.979,-  in the 4th year before taxes. The starting salary for a postdoctoral researcher depends on experience and ranges from € 3.123,- to € 4.274,-.- before taxes.  A 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% year-end bonus are excluded. A 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% year-end bonus are excluded. We offer travel expenses, paid parental leave, flexible working hours, 30 days paid leave per year and help by finding a house.

Employer

Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience

The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience is an Academy research institute. It conducts basic and strategic research in the neurosciences. It examines how the human brain makes awareness, perception, movement, learning, social interaction and other cognitive functions possible. It also studies how brain disorders can disrupt these functions.

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We will not respond to any supplier enquiries based on this job advertisement.

Specifications

  • PhD; Postdoc
  • Natural sciences; Behaviour and society
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • AT2020-037

Employer

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

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Location

Meibergdreef 47, 1105 BA, Amsterdam Zuid-Oost

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Please, send your application including:

  1. A Curriculum Vitae
  2. An application letter
  3. Two (for PhD applicants) or three (for postdoctoral applicants) reference letters

Evaluation of candidates will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. We aim to fill the position mid-April 2020.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, etc.

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Application procedure

Please, send your application including:

  1. A Curriculum Vitae
  2. An application letter
  3. Two (for PhD applicants) or three (for postdoctoral applicants) reference letters

Evaluation of candidates will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. We aim to fill the position mid-April 2020.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, etc.

Make sure to apply no later than 31 May 2020 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).