Postdoc on the Dynamics of Visual Working Memory and Visual Attention

Postdoc on the Dynamics of Visual Working Memory and Visual Attention

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19 mrt 14 apr Utrecht

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We are looking for a postdoc to work on the dynamics of visual working memory and visual attention at Utrecht University. This position is part of the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator project HOMEOSTASIS. You will work in the Attentionlab research group of Stefan Van der Stigchel.

Wat ga je doen?
The HOMEOSTASIS project is motivated by the idea that visual working memory (VWM) should be studied in interaction with the world that is still within view. The known limitation of VWM is not a problem in daily life, because the external world typically remains available and can be accessed relatively easily. It’s currently unknown how the brain balances between internal storage and external sampling of the world. In this project, we will focus on individual differences in attention and visual working memory.

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher for a one-year position (with the possibility of an extension). During this year, you will be responsible for managing the piloting, designing and analysis of experiments on individual differences in attention and visual working memory. In addition, you will co-supervise a PhD candidate working on related topics. There is a possibility of performing teaching activities in our Bachelor's and Master's programmes. In addition to individual work, you will contribute to regular project team meetings, joint conference presentations and academic publications.


Universiteit Utrecht


A high degree of independence and responsibility is expected. Because you work in a larger research project, teamwork and communication are also essential. Except for this, you:
  • hold a PhD degree in the cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology or neuropsychology;
  • have a track record appropriate to the stage of your career, and an obvious curiosity and enthusiasm for academic research;
  • are capable of conducting original research independently as well as working in a team;
  • are a strong conceptual thinker;
  • have excellent English writing skills;
  • have experience with Matlab or Python for experimental control and with Matlab, Python, or R for data analysis.


  • a position for one year with the possibilty of an extension;
  • a working week of 28-32 hours and a gross monthly salary between €3,226 and €5,090 in the case of full-time employment (salary scale 10 under the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU);
  • 8% holiday pay and 8.3% year-end bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave and flexible terms of employment based on the CAO NU.

In addition to the terms of employment laid down in the CAO NU, Utrecht University has a number of schemes and facilities of its own for employees. This includes schemes facilitating professional development, leave schemes and schemes for sports and cultural activities, as well as discounts on software and other IT products. We also offer access to additional employee benefits through our Terms of Employment Options Model. In this way, we encourage our employees to continue to invest in their growth. For more information, please visit Working at Utrecht University.


Universiteit Utrecht

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Pathways to Sustainability. Sharing science, shaping tomorrow.

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is one of the leading faculties in Europe providing research and academic teaching in cultural anthropology, educational sciences, interdisciplinary social science, pedagogical sciences, psychology, and sociology. Almost 7,000 students are enrolled in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programmes. The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has some 1,100 faculty and staff members, all providing their individual contribution to the training and education of young talent and to the research into and finding solutions for scientific and societal issues.

The faculty is located at Utrecht Science Park near the historical city centre of Utrecht.


  • Postdoc
  • Gedrag en maatschappij
  • 28—32 uur per week
  • €3226—€5090 per maand
  • Gepromoveerd
  • 3726


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