Donders CityLab Officer

Donders CityLab Officer

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27 Feb 26 Mar Nijmegen

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Job description

Would you like to make a difference by bringing research and society together in an entertaining, educational, and interactive environment? Then you have a part to play! As a project manager for the recently established Donders Citylab @muZIEum, you will build and expand on the bridges of this collaboration between the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and the muZIEum.

The Donders Citylab Officer will be responsible for the implementation and functioning of the DI research experiments at the Citylab. You will be responsible for communicating with the researchers involved and muZIEum staff and management, ensuring that the experiments conducted at CityLab  will optimise the outcome of  muZIEum visitors, and for developing new research possibilities. You will work directly with the Donders Citylab Project Manager to be appointed.

You will be directly responsible for implementing the procedure for new experiments at the Citylab, ensuring a  common look-and-feel of the experiments and exhibits, and the day-to-day running of the experiments. 

You will have a presence both at muZIEum and the Donders Institute at the campus of Radboud University, and you will make sure that your visibility within both organisations is optimal. You will assist the Donders Citylab Project Manager in the acquisition of new funding to maintain and expand the CityLab, and to meet the deliverables of the NeurotechEU project.


Radboud University


  • You have experience in performing academic research in a relevant field (e.g. neuroscience, neurotechnology).
  • You have proven experience with conducting behavioural experiments with humans.
  • Experience with working with visually impaired people is a plus.
  • You have excellent communication skills for both internal and external communication purposes.
  • Experience in the museum industry is also plus.
  • You are highly motivated, independent, critical, and creative.
  • You understand the importance of strategic relationships for scientific research within society.
  • You value and understand the importance of societal impact for research purposes.
  • You have a keen eye for detail and understand the importance of look-and-feel in public research projects.
  • You are proficient in both the Dutch and English language.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 year, with the possibility for an extension when funding allows.

  • It concerns an employment for 0.8 - 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €2,960 and a maximum of €4,670 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 10).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for 1 year, with the possibility for an extension when funding allows.
  • 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 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.
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.


We offer a challenging multidisciplinary project environment with interesting research and researchers as well as muZIEum as a partner.

The Donders Institute is a research institute devoted to understanding the brain, human cognition and behaviour in health and disease. It is located at the campus of Radboud University. In 2022, the Donders Institute muZIEum jointly opened the Donders Citylab at muZIEum in Nijmegen. The Citylab aims to bring science effectively to the general public by combining research, entertainment and education. The Citylab offers the Donders Institute the opportunity to showcase its research, and to collect data from people from all walks of life. For muZIEum, the Citylab broadens the experience and education of its visitors. Visitors will become participants in ongoing scientific experiments, will collect data on their own brain and behaviour, and will learn how the brain and technology shape the world. They will become aware of all their senses and can explore their brains in action.

The Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour is a world-class interfaculty research centre that houses more than 900 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 and 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 recognised as a 'very stimulating environment for top researchers, as well as for 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.

muZIEum is an 'experience museum' focusing on visual impairment. muZIEum promotes awareness of those living with visual impairments and provides paid employment and participation in society for this group. Visitors experience the life of a blind person in the Dark Experience or through a tour in the city of Nijmegen with VR glasses that simulate low vision. Tours are given by guides who themselves have a visual impairment. 

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Behaviour and society
  • €2960—€4670 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1206006



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