Tenure Track Assistant Professor position available within the Brain Stimulation and Cognition group (headed by Prof. Dr. Alexander Sack), at the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience (CN), Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University

Tenure Track Assistant Professor position available within the Brain Stimulation and Cognition group (headed by Prof. Dr. Alexander Sack), at the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience (CN), Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University

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20 Sep 10 Oct Maastricht

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The Brain Stimulation and Cognition Group at Maastricht University is seeking a new team member. We offer a tenure track position as Assistant Professor with the perspective of becoming a permanent faculty member in our group.

Job description

Who we are and What we do.
We are a renowned research lab in the field of noninvasive brain stimulation and applied cognitive neuroscience. Headed by Prof. Dr Alexander Sack, the team includes Associate Professor Teresa Schuhmann and Assistant Professors Inge Leunissen and Felix Duecker, several PostDocs and PhD students. We work in the spirit of team science, in a very cooperative, collegial, and interdisciplinary work climate.  

With our research we aim to contribute to unravelling the psychological and neural mechanisms of human cognition and behavior. We use functional neuroimaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG) combined with noninvasive brain stimulation (magnetic and electric neuromodulation) to deliver fundamental insights into neurobiological mechanisms of attention, working memory, and cognitive control in healthy participants, and to derive new brain-system-based personalised interventions for clinical applications in psychiatry, neurology, and clinical psychology.

What we hope to find in you.
We are looking for a passionate and pleasant new team member. Roughly speaking, you will be able to devote at least 50% of your time to conducting research within the Brain Stimulation and Cognition (BSC) group. Your research interest should fit well within the research spectrum of the BSC group at Maastricht University. You are more than welcome to join and support our ongoing research projects but also to develop your own research line, contribute to methods development within the group, and strengthening our international network. 

The remaining 50% of your work will be devoted to educational activities in the psychology and cognitive neuroscience courses and trainings of the bachelor or (research) master curricula of the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience and Faculty of Heatlh, Medicine and Life Sciences. Guiding students in writing their bachelor or master thesis is also an important part of your educational work.

You are expected to be a team player with an open, effective management style and should be ready to fulfil an administrative role in the faculty. 


Maastricht University (UM)


  • You need a PhD in a relevant discipline such as Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Biomedical Sciences, Sciences, Engineering, etc.;
  • You should have several years of experience as a PostDoc with a competitive track record;
  • You display outstanding quality in research and are open to an interdisciplinary approach;
  • You have a clear connection to cognitive neuroscience methods, such as fMRI, EEG and/or NIBS and a track record or potential for grant acquisition. International peer reviewed academic publications are imperative;
  • You are an experienced and enthusiastic teacher and have demonstrated ability in thesis supervision and teaching coordination roles. Experience with course development is an asset. You are able to stimulate student learning and to maximize student participation in our system of small-scale problem-based learning (PBL). Experience with teaching international classrooms is preferable;
  • You are expected to be a team player. Have an open, effective management style and are ready to fulfil an administrative role in the faculty.  

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: Tenure Track Assistent Professor Position.

You will initially be employed on a fixed term contract as an 0,8 fte assistant professor (level 2) according to the new terms of the collective labour law agreement for Dutch Universities. This 0,8 fte will be increased to a 1,0 fte appointment after the first year of employment. Jointly we will put together a development plan with specific goals to meet. Five years into your appointment, we will evaluate those goals and promote you to assistant professor (level 1) on a permanent contract if the goals have been met. The evaluation can be brought forward if the goals are met earlier, or deferred at your request in case of personal circumstances such as pregnancy leave, parental leave or chronic illness. Potential candidates can view the Maastricht University policy and the Tenure Track Regulations, the assessment procedure, the assessment criteria and the consequences of a positive or negative assessment on the Maastricht University website at any time prior to or during the procedure (https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/file/1regelingtenuretracken20-01-210pdf).

The salary will be set in salary scale 11 of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (from € 3.807,- to € 5.211,- gross per month depending on experience and qualifications, based on a full-time appointment). On top of this, there is a 8% holiday allowance and a 8.3% year-end allowance.

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 www.maastrichtuniversity.nl > About UM > Working at UM.


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 20,000 students and 4,700 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. For more information, visit www.maastrichtuniversity.nl.


  • Assistant professor
  • 30.4—32 hours per week
  • €3807—€5211 per month
  • Doctorate
  • AT2021.369


Maastricht University (UM)

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