Researcher in Social Educational Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence at the Donders Center for Cognition

Researcher in Social Educational Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence at the Donders Center for Cognition

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29 Nov 15 Dec Nijmegen

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Job description

We live in a digital society in which every aspect of our lives is profoundly affected by the digitalisation of data. It affects how we communicate and socialise, and how we work, learn, stay healthy and participate in politics and the economy. In the Digital Society programme, leading researchers from the fourteen universities in the Netherlands are working together to address the many pressing questions raised by the emergence of a digital society. Within the context of this programme, the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at Radboud University concentrates on the topic of learning and education.

We are looking for a researcher at the PhD or postdoctoral level to join a multidisciplinary team of AI and cognitive scientists at the Donders Institute embedded in the Social Educational Neuroscience & AI research group. The project will benefit society, for example through products of spin-off companies to foster learning based on scientific knowledge about cognition and AI relating to underlying learning principles. The project has close links with the Living Lab's Learning for the Future programme in which multiple stakeholders from society and knowledge institutes aim to facilitate lifelong learning in terms of personal development and creating innovative learning contexts.

You will be responsible for managing and supervising projects where industry and academia are brought together. You will work together with other members of the Donders departments of AI and Cognitive Psychology, but you will also have a personal responsibility for daily operations in the lab and be the main contact for all stakeholders involved (companies and organisations).


Radboud University


  • You have a Master's or PhD degree in AI, cognitive science, or a related field, and hands-on experience in machine learning / computational modelling of large data sets.
  • You are a researcher with a broad interest in societal impact within the domain of learning and education.
  • You are fluent in written and spoken English and preferably also proficient in Dutch.
  • Because of the interdisciplinary and rich setting of the Living Lab, you should have a collaborative attitude and a proven ability to work in a team.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: It concerns a temporary employment for 2 years with the possibility of extension.

  • Employment for 0.6 - 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €2,836 (scale 10) and a maximum of €5,211 (scale 11) based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 10 or 11).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for two years with the possibility of extension.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment  and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 29 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.
Additional employment conditions Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.


The Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour is a world-class interfaculty research centre that houses more than 700 researchers devoted to understanding the mechanistic underpinnings of the human mind. Research at the Donders Institute is focused around four themes: 1. Language and communication, 2. Perception, action and decision-making, 3. Development and lifelong plasticity, 4. Natural Computing & neurotechnology. Excellent, state-of-the-art research facilities are available for the broad range of neuroscience research that is being conducted at the Donders Institute. The Donders Institute has been assessed by an international evaluation committee as 'excellent' and 'a very stimulating environment for top researchers and young talent'. The Donders Institute fosters a collaborative, multidisciplinary, supportive research environment with a diverse international staff. English is the lingua franca at the Institute.


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Behaviour and society; Natural sciences
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €2836—€5211 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1179346



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