Junior Lecturer / PhD Candidate in Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology at the Donders Centre for Cognition

Junior Lecturer / PhD Candidate in Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology at the Donders Centre for Cognition

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14 Dec 9 Jan Nijmegen

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Job description

The School of Psychology and the Donders Centre for Cognition (DCC) at Radboud University are looking for a Junior Lecturer/PhD Candidate for Neuropsychology. As a Junior Lecturer/PhD candidate you will have both research (60%) and teaching (40%) duties for a 6-year period.

Your teaching will involve various activities in the Bachelor's degree programme in Psychology and the specialisation in Healthcare Psychology of the Master's degree programme in Psychology, with a focus on neuropsychology. Most likely, it will involve 1) tutoring workgroups in the first year of the Bachelor's programme in Psychology, 2) supervision of third-year students in their Bachelor’s degree research project, which should align with the research within the PhD part of the position, 3) supervision of Master’s students' theses within the Master's specialisation in Healthcare Psychology, and 4) lecturing various courses. Whilst holding this position, you will be given the opportunity to obtain your University Teaching Qualification. You will be supervised and will gain a diverse range of teaching experience over the course of the project.

You will enrol in the PhD programme at the DCC and become a member of the Donders Institute Graduate School. The topic of your research will be in the domain of neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology. Because of the strong link between research and teaching in this Junior Lecturer/PhD Candidate position, the central topic of the research project will have to be of interest to our students as you will supervise many students during their Bachelor’s and/or Master’s thesis projects on the same topic. Specifically, the focus in this position will be on one of the following topics (depending on your specific interests):

  • Reinforcement learning mechanisms in pain placebo effects.
  • Learning capacity in individuals with alcohol-related cognitive impairments.
  • Neurocognitive stimulation in cognitive aging and/or clinical populations.


Radboud University


  • You hold a Master's degree in Neuropsychology, Behavioural Science or an equivalent discipline.
  • Candidates who have experience with patient groups (e.g. a BAPD/vLOGO certification) are also welcome to apply.
  • You have a strong motivation and experience in teaching and research.
  • Your academic achievement must be outstanding, as demonstrated by your grade transcripts and CV.
  • You have very good writing skills, as evidenced by a writing sample, such as a chapter from your Master's thesis or a forthcoming or published article or presented conference paper.
  • You are able to efficiently supervise neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology research that appeals to students.
  • You have good teaching skills in English. Moreover, we will expect you to master the Dutch language or show a willingness to learn this language within two years.
  • You are a pro-active, enthusiastic team member who is highly motivated to build strong links between education and research.
  • You possess excellent project management skills, show flexibility and have a proactive attitude.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 6 years.

  • Employment for 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €2,846 and a maximum of €3,821 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 10, grade 0-7). The starting salary will be scale 10, grade 0 (€2,846) or scale 10, grade 1 (€2,979), based on qualifications and relevant experience.
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for 6 years.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment  and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 29 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.
Additional employment conditions Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.


Strategically located in Europe, Radboud University is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. A place with a personal touch, where top-flight education and research take place on a beautiful green campus, in modern buildings with state-of-art facilities. You will be embedded in the School of Psychology and the Donders Centre for Cognition (DCC), both part of the Faculty of Social Sciences. 

The School of Psychology offers excellent educational programmes for approximately 1,800 students, including a Bachelor's programme with a yearly inflow of 500 new students. The Master's degree programme in Psychology has three specialisations that prepare students for an academic or professional career: Work, Organisation and Health; Behaviour Change; and Health Care Psychology. The School of Psychology offers two Research Master's programmes: Cognitive Neuroscience (in collaboration with the Donders Institute for Cognition, Brain and Behaviour) and Behavioural Science (in collaboration with the Behavioural Science Institute). We approach education as team science and aim to provide future lecturers with a strong basis in both teaching and research. This special Junior Lecturer/PhD Candidate position is part of this policy.

You will be appointed at the department of Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology (part of the School of Psychology and the DCC). Its research strongly focuses on the neurocognitive mechanisms of learning and memory, language, understanding and promoting healthy cognitive aging, rare genetic disorders, antisocial behaviour in psychopathy, pain, and epilepsy. The research methods employed combine behavioural studies in healthy individuals and patients with brain disorders with neuroimaging (structural/functional MRI) and neurophysiology (EEG).

Your research will be embedded within the DCC. DCC is one of the four centres of the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and offers excellent research facilities, such as EEG, TMS and motion tracking labs, robotic manipulanda, motion platforms, excellent access to fMRI and other neuroimaging facilities, an in-house technical workshop and close connections with clinical departments.


  • PhD; Education
  • Behaviour and society
  • University graduate
  • 1180484



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