PhD position The Dark Side of Reward

PhD position The Dark Side of Reward

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22 Mar 3 May Amsterdam

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Job description

The PhD project will be supervised by prof. dr. Jeroen Smeets and dr. Katinka van der Kooij of the sensorimotor control group of the department of Human Movement Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The research group studies the brain mechanisms of motor control using a combination of behavioral experiments, psychophysics and computational modelling. The department of Human Movement Sciences is a very stimulating and cross-disciplinary research environment where different groups focus on the fundamental science of sensorimotor control as well as its applications in sport and rehabilitation. 
   
In this exciting PhD project, you will investigate the influence of reward and punishment on motor learning in balance and gait adaptability tasks. You will perform several types of behavioral experiments on healthy participants using virtual reality. These experiments will be performed in close collaboration with a postdoc who will develop computational models to analyze the behavior in one of the experimental paradigms. In the final stage of the project you will perform a study on patients in a rehabilitation setting. To facilitate application of the research findings, this NWO TTW-funded project involves collaboration with companies that develop games for rehabilitation (Motekforce Link, SilverFit, Roessingh R&D) and serious games (&ranj).

Specifications

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

Requirements

• A master degree in psychology, biology, human movement science or related field.
• Strong programming skill, needed for developing experiments and analyzing data.
• Analytical and conscientious mindset.
• Experience with Unity3D and/or with working in a rehabilitation setting is a pre. 
  

Conditions of employment

The initial appointment will be for a period of 1 year. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, it will be extended for another 3 years (total duration of 4 years).
 
You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment via https://www.vu.nl/en/employment/ like:
• remuneration of 8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance;
• a minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment;
• generous contribution commuting allowance based on public transport;
• a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge.

Employer

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) is a leading, innovative and growing university that is at the heart of society and actively contributes to new developments in teaching and research. Our university has ten faculties, and provides work for over 4,500 staff and scientific education for more than 23,000 students.

http://www.vu.nl/en/index.asp

Department

The Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences (FBM) at VU University Amsterdam is unique in the wide field of behavioural and health sciences for combining the disciplines of psychology, education theory and human movement sciences. The faculty contributes to a better understanding of the way behaviour and movement are caused and can be influenced so as to promote physical and mental health and improve performance.

Specifications

  • PhD
  • Health; Behaviour and society
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €2222—€2840 per month
  • University graduate
  • 18102

Employer

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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Location

De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV, Amsterdam

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