PhD Position to investigate circuit mechanisms of brain stimulation and its perception - NIN-KNAW - Amsterdam Zuidoost

PhD Position to investigate circuit mechanisms of brain stimulation and its perception - NIN-KNAW - Amsterdam Zuidoost

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21 Jul 30 Aug Amsterdam Zuid-Oost

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Job description

The Vision & cognition group (Roelfsema lab) has an exciting opportunity for a PhD student position to investigate circuit mechanisms of brain stimulation and its perception. 

Project description
Circuit mechanisms of brain stimulation and its perception
The rapidly emerging field of neurotechnology is bringing a surge of new technological possibilities for transferring information to the brain for patients with neurological disabilities. To successfully apply these technological advances to clinical applications, a deep understanding of stimulation-based information transfer and its processing at the level of neurons and neuronal circuits is essential. In this project, we will combine novel intracortical neural interfaces devices with electrical microstimulation, optical stimulation, 2-photon calcium imaging, electrophysiology, and behavior to investigate this in the mouse visual cortex. Ultimately, we aim to develop next-generation intracortical stimulation strategies for high-fidelity information transfer into the visual cortex for a visual prosthesis.


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)


We expect from you:
You are a highly motivated, self-driven candidate. You have an MSc degree (or equivalent) in neuroscience or a related discipline; or an MSc degree in a quantitative discipline (e.g. physics/biophysics, mathematics, engineering) with strong interest and experience in neuroscience. A high level of written and spoken English and good programming skills are essential. An ideal candidate would additionally possess practical experience in collecting and analyzing neurophysiological data from awake, behaving animals.

You should expect from us:

  • Mentoring, supervision and training
  • Access to state-of-the art infrastructure
  • A stimulating international research environment

Conditions of employment

We offer an exciting job at a dynamic research institute and an attractive package of fringe benefits. The position is for a period of 4 years in total for a PhD student. The first appointment is for one year with the option for an extension for the remaining period pending on an evaluation.  

The salary will be commensurate with experience and institutional guidelines based on the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities; CAO NU). Full-time monthly salary for a PhD student is € 2.395,- in the 1st year to € 3.061,-  in the 4th year before taxes. In addition, an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus are provided. We offer travel expenses, paid parental leave, flexible working hours, 30 days paid leave per year and assistance in finding an accommodation.


Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience

The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience is an Academy research institute. It conducts basic and strategic research in the neurosciences. It examines how the human brain makes awareness, perception, movement, learning, social interaction and other cognitive functions possible. It also studies how brain disorders can disrupt these functions.


  • PhD
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2395—€3061 per month
  • University graduate
  • AT2020-089


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

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