You will become part of the Genetic Epidemiology research group
which is embedded in the department of psychiatry. Our group consist of one Professor (Karin Verweij), four Assistant Professors, three post-doctoral researchers, and four PhD students. We conduct genetic research on a wide range of complex traits, including mental illness, substance use, brain structure and function, socio-economic outcomes, cardiovascular disease, and musicality. Within our group we have a very open and accessible culture and we encourage everyone to bring in their own ideas. We are also well connected with the larger genetics community, for instance through our organizing role in the Genetics Network Amsterdam (GENE Amsterdam; https://geneticsnetworkamsterdam.org/
In this PhD position you will work on a larger project (UNRAVEL-CAUSALITY) which is funded by an ERC Starting grant and led by dr. Jorien Treur
. The aim of the ERC project is to advance our understanding of the complex relation of mental illness with other health problems and thereby set the stage for more effective prevention and treatment.