Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
About the department, institute, project
Autism is a heterogeneous neurodevelopmental condition, characterized by social and communication problems, repetitive and stereotyped behaviours, sensory sensitivities, and high rates of co-occurring problems. There is no cure
for autism, but adequate care can improve functioning, enhance quality of life, and reduce societal costs. One of the open questions in autism research is why males are more often diagnosed with autism than females. Currently, we do not know to what extent this is due to different biological mechanisms , or to bias in the diagnostic process. SCANNER
is a large multidisciplinary study that aims to close the knowledge gap underlying sex differences in autistic traits occurrence and diagnosis, and ultimately translate this knowledge into sex-sensitive diagnostic eHealth tools. The VU will contribute with two projects to the aims of SCANNER, for which we seek two excellent PhD candidates.
The VU part of SCANNER will be a close collaboration between genetic experts of the Netherlands Twin Register (NTR) and autism experts of the Netherlands Autism Register (NAR). The NTR is a national register in which twins, multiples and their parents, siblings, spouses and other family members participate https://www.tweelingenregister.vu.nl/
. Since the 1980s the NTR has enrolled around 120,000 twins and their relatives, who take part in research studies of development, health and behaviour. The NAR is a unique and diverse clinical longitudinal cohort, including >3300 autistic individuals (aged 2 to 84 years) and over 700 controls. Since 2013, the NAR has included yearly measurements (see https://www.nederlandsautismeregister.nl/onderzoek/onderzoek/
). The NAR is well-known for its close collaboration with and dissemination to individuals with autism. Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences
Developing knowledge for an active, healthy and meaningful life: that is our mission at the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences at VU Amsterdam. We maintain a broad focus on the fields of behaviour and health. Our teaching and research programmes are devoted to current developments in society. From healthy aging to e-health, and from training top athletes to social media as a teaching tool. We combine three academic disciplines: psychology, movement sciences and education. A multidisciplinary approach allows us to arrive at a better understanding of human behaviour and movement. Our aims are to help people live healthier lives, learn better and function better.
Are you interested in joining Behavioural and Movement Sciences? You are the kind of person who feels at home working in an ambitious faculty, with an informal atmosphere and short lines of communication. We offer you all the space you need for personal development. Together with your 630 colleagues, you will take care of about 4,200 students. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam stands for values-driven education and research. We are open-minded experts with the ability to think freely. - a broader mind. Maintaining an entrepreneurial perspective and concentrating on diversity, significance and humanity, we work on sustainable solutions with social impact. By joining forces, across the boundaries of disciplines, we work towards a better world for people and planet. Together we create a safe and respectful working and study climate, and an inspiring environment for education and research. Learn more about our codes of conduct
We are located on one physical campus, in the heart of Amsterdam's Zuidas business district, with excellent location and accessibility. Over 5,500 staff work at the VU and over 30,000 students attend academic education. Diversity
Diversity is the driving force of the VU. The VU wants to be accessible and receptive to diversity in disciplines, cultures, ideas, nationalities, beliefs, preferences and worldviews. We believe that trust, respect, interest and differences lead to new insights and innovation, to sharpness and clarity, to excellence and a broader understanding.
We stand for an inclusive community and believe that diversity and internationalisation contribute to the quality of education, research and our services.
Therefore, we are always searching for people whose backgrounds and experience contribute to the diversity of the VU community.