Research trainee/PhD candidate in EEG signal processing (neuroscience)

Research trainee/PhD candidate in EEG signal processing (neuroscience)

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28 Aug 21 Sep Nijmegen

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We are seeking a motivated and talented PhD candidate to assist us in further developing the signal processing of EEG (electroencephalography). The goal? Enhancing its application in psychiatric clinical practice. Does this excite you? Then read on!

Job description

In our clinical mental health care facilities, technical research is conducted with the aim of improving the efficiency and applicability of our current EEG acquisitions, using methods based on modern cognitive neuroscience. Our innovative application of EEG is currently in use at several of our locations, aiding our colleagues in making treatment decisions for patients with depressive disorders, to offer the right treatment more quickly (known as stratified psychiatry). We aim to make the EEG assessment process more efficient, less invasive, and time-consuming for both patients and practitioners. We are considering various innovative possibilities, including technical modifications to the EEG setup, improved signal processing, and the use of questionnaires.

Synaeda is located in Friesland, with our headquarters in Leeuwarden. Part of the research department, specialized in EEG signal processing, is located in Nijmegen. As a PhD candidate, you will work at both locations, but primarily in Nijmegen.

Your responsibilities:

  • Conducting research to identify and implement new techniques to enhance the efficiency of EEG assessments in practical applications.
  • Collaborating with a multidisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians to develop innovative solutions.
  • Designing and conducting experiments to evaluate the effectiveness of new approaches. 
  • Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting EEG data from patients treated at our clinics.
  • Publishing research results in reputable scientific journals and presenting them at conferences.


Synaeda Psychomedisch Centrum Drachten


  • A master's degree in a relevant field (e.g., neuroscience, biomedical engineering, psychology).
  • A strong background in EEG signal processing and analysis or other neuroscientific data.
  • Proficiency in programming languages (Python, possibly Matlab), experience with working in virtual environments (e.g., Anaconda or Pyenv) is a plus, as is experience with Linux OS.
  • Experience with statistical analysis software (e.g., SPSS, R).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work empathetically with patients.
  • Background in EEG acquisition is a plus.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Experience with large datasets is a plus.
  • Experience and/or affinity with psychiatric and/or applied research is a plus.
  • Proficiency in the Dutch language is required, or there is a willingness to learn.

Conditions of employment

  • A technical role in clinical practice.
  • A professional, small-scale, and pleasant working environment.
  • Training in various areas, including programming, EEG acquisition, signal processing (AI is possible), communication skills, patient skills, scientific writing.
  • A traineeship for 32 hours, which can be converted into a 32-hour PhD contract upon suitability.
  • Compensation according to the GGZ-CAO (mental healthcare collective labor agreement).


Synaeda Psycho Medisch Centrum is a growing mental health care organization that provides outpatient mental healthcare to adults. Due to the small scale of our locations, we are accessible and easily reachable for patients. With increasing experience in (neuro)scientific applications in the clinical field since 7 seven years, there is an ambition to build a special team of clinicians and researchers that will work together on improving health care for better treatment outcomes.


  • Research, development, innovation; PhD
  • Health; Behaviour and society
  • max. 32 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • AT SY 20230828


Synaeda Psychomedisch Centrum Drachten

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