2 PhD Positions - Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging-KNAW - Amsterdam Zuidoost

2 PhD Positions - Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging-KNAW - Amsterdam Zuidoost

Published Deadline Location
16 Jul 14 Aug Amsterdam

Job description

The Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging in Amsterdam has 2 positions available for a PhD student to investigate population receptive field dynamics in the human brain using ultra-high field MRI and other neuroimaging methods.

Our world is dynamic and change is the only constant in life. Changes in environment and current goals change which information is available and relevant. Thus, our brain must strike an enormously difficult balance: it must be plastic to adjust to ever-changing demands yet it must also be stable enough to let neural circuits function throughout our lifetime. We aim to find out how the brain achieves this feat. Join us!

Vision is the dominant sense in humans. A fundamental property of brain cells is that they process a limited region of the visual scene, known as their receptive field. With non-invasive neuro-imaging techniques, we can measure the aggregated receptive fields of populations of neurons. The plasticity of the neural circuitry underlying these ‘population receptive fields (PRFs) is controversial. The controversy surrounds observations that under certain conditions pRFs can dynamically change in healthy adults.

We are currently hiring 2 PhD students for related positions. The projects aim to investigate how neural circuitry underlying pRF allows dynamic pRF changes and how these changes influences visual perception. One PhD student will focus on attentional mechanisms and how they may change pRF properties over time. The other PhD student will extend current pRF techniques to MEG, a recording technique with a high temporal resolution, in order to enable more precise measurements of changes in pRF properties over time. Affinity with data analysis is required, as data analysis will form a substantial part of both projects.

Specifications

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

Requirements

  • Ideal candidates will hold an MSc or equivalent degree in neuroscience, psychology biomedical imaging or a related field.
  • Skills in scientific computing and programming are important (Python and/or Matlab).
  • Good collaborative and communication skills to work in a larger team.

Conditions of employment

Appointment
You will be appointed by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). The appointment is in total for 4 year. Initially, the candidate will be appointed for 12 months followed by an evaluation after which the contracted is extended. Starting dates are flexible.

Salary
Gross monthly salaries are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU), increasing from € 2395,- per month initially, to € 3061,- in the fourth year) excluding 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% year-end bonus. We offer an extensive package of fringe benefits.

 

Employer

Spinoza Centre

The Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging is an Academy research institute. It facilitates and stimulates neuroscientific research in the Netherlands. The institute’s aim is to connect the disparate elements of the Amsterdam neuroscience research community by making cutting-edge neuroimaging equipment available.

Additional information

See www.spinozacentre.nl for more information on the research of the Spinoza Centre.

Inquiries about this position can be obtained from s.dumoulin@spinozacentre.nl.

Any acquisition further to this advertisement will not be appreciated.

Specifications

  • PhD
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2395—€3061 per month
  • University graduate
  • AT2020-086

Employer

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

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Meibergdreef 75, 1105 BK, Amsterdam

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Applications should be attn. to Leonie Warlo.

In the application, please include a curriculum vitae, names and contact information of two references and a statement that summarizes experience, accomplishment and research interests.

We will start evaluating applications from August 15, 2020, until suitable candidates have been identified. 

We strive for a diverse workforce and welcome letters from candidates who might widen the diversity of our team.

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Application procedure

Applications should be attn. to Leonie Warlo.

In the application, please include a curriculum vitae, names and contact information of two references and a statement that summarizes experience, accomplishment and research interests.

We will start evaluating applications from August 15, 2020, until suitable candidates have been identified. 

We strive for a diverse workforce and welcome letters from candidates who might widen the diversity of our team.

Make sure to apply no later than 14 Aug 2020 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).