Postdoc for the study of dreams

Postdoc for the study of dreams

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21 Sep 1 Dec Amsterdam

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Job description

The project combines a unique combination of cutting-edge experimental approaches, including 256-channel-high-density EEG sleep recordings combined with controlled sensory stimulations and serial awakening paradigms. The candidate will work in the newly created laboratory of Francesca Siclari, senior group leader, whose research focuses on the neurobiological mechanisms of dreams.

Main missions:
  • Organization of the experimental setup of the study, analysis and acquisition of night-time high-density sleep EEG recordings with controlled sensory stimulations and serial awakenings
  • Analysis and interpretation of data (evoked potentials)
  • Writing of high-impact publications and presentation of results at international meetings.
  • Transmission of knowledge and expertise to younger team members


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)


  • You have a PhD degree in Biology, Neurosciences, Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering or related fields
  • You ideally have experience with acquisition and analysis of (high-density) EEG data
  • You are familiar with sleep and dream research or are highly interested in the topic
  • You have excellent signal processing skills (mastery of neurophysiological analyses)
  • You have solid skills in statistics and programming (Python, Matlab or other similar languages)
  • You are fluent in written and spoken English
  • You are rigorous, committed, highly motivated and autonomous
  • You are a team player and enjoy transmitting your knowledge to other members of the team

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 2 years.

Terms of employment
Depending on education and experience the minimum salary is € 3,413.00 and the maximum salary is € 4,670.00 gross per month for a full-time appointment (scale 10, cao Nederlandse Universiteiten/KNAW). This is exclusive of 8% vacation allowance, 8.3% year-end bonus, travel allowance, internet allowance, home working allowance and pension accrual with ABP.

The KNAW offers its staff an excellent package of secondary benefits. A package that meets the different needs of employees depending on their stage of life, lifestyle or career ambitions. For example, by working an extra two hours a week, it is possible to increase the number of days off from 29 to 41 days a year (with full-time employment).

For a complete overview of the terms of employment, please refer to the web page: werken bij de KNAW.


  • Postdoc
  • Natural sciences
  • 30.4—38 hours per week
  • €3413—€4670 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1114


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

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