PhD position in brain development & addiction (1fte)

PhD position in brain development & addiction (1fte)

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3 Jun 26 Jun Rotterdam

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Job description

Adolescence marks rapid surges in alcohol and cannabis addiction, but also remarkable recovery rates, as most adolescent addictions naturally resolve over time. Brain development holds an important key to understanding the brain’s recovery potential. Within an ERC-funded project, you will conduct a series of rodent studies that aim to unravel addiction risk and resilience in adolescents and adults. What makes this position unique, is the work within a multidisciplinary team. You will conduct the rodent studies at Utrecht University and will closely collaborate with two other PhD students working on a longitudinal study in humans. Under the supervision of Janna Cousijn (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Heidi Lesscher (Utrecht University), you will combine several behavioral paradigms with an innovative neuroimaging approach to align the rodent and human studies, and proteomics to evaluate the underlying molecular mechanisms. We are looking for a team player, with strong interests in rodent-human translational neuroscience. We aim to start the project in September 2022.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


  • You hold a MSc degree in neuroscience, psychobiology, or a related field;
  • You have strong analytical skills, experience with animal studies, an interest in the neuroscience of addiction;
  • You have a good command of written and spoken English are prerequisite;
  • You have affinity with programming (e.g., R, Matlab, Python, Presentation), experience with neuroimaging and a laboratory animal science qualification (FELASA type C-like) are considered an advantag;
  • Moreover, good communication skills, team spirit and a flexible work attitude are important assets.


Conditions of employment

An internationally oriented and varied job in an enthusiastic team, with good working conditions in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU).

The start date of this position is 1 September 2022 and you will be based at ESSB. The position is for 1 FTE. Your salary will be based on scale P of the CAO-NU, the salary of a first year PhD will be €2443,- gross per month on a fulltime basis. In addition, we offer an 8% holiday allowance, an end-of-year payment of 8.3%, and a very generous paid leave scheme. Furthermore, EUR is affiliated with ABP for the pension provision, and we offer partially paid parental leave, fully paid extended birth leave for partners, a personal career budget, work-life balance coaches, discounted collective health insurance, and more. As an employee, you can also use EUR facilities such as the University library and receive a discount on subscriptions for the Erasmus sports center.


Erasmus University Rotterdam offers a Dual Career Programme (DCP) to assist the life partners of new academic staff (on payroll) in finding employment in The Netherlands. The programme is offered in close cooperation with the nearby universities of Delft and Leiden.

Erasmus University Rotterdam aspires to be an equitable and inclusive community. We nurture an open culture, where everyone is supported to fulfill their full potential. We see inclusivity of talent as the basis of our successes, and the diversity of perspectives and people as a highly valued outcome. EUR provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants regardless of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, neurodiversity, functional impairment, citizenship, or any other aspect which makes them unique. We look forward to welcoming you to our community.


Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented university with a strong social orientation in its education and research, as expressed in our mission ‘Creating positive societal impact’. EUR is home to 3.700 academics and professionals and almost 33.000 students from more than 140 countries. Everything we do, we do under the credo The Erasmian Way – Making Minds Matter. We’re global citizens, connecting, entrepreneurial, open-minded, and socially involved. These Erasmian Values function as our internal compass and create EUR’s distinctive and recognizable profile. From these values, with a broad perspective and with an eye for diversity, different backgrounds and opinions, our employees work closely together to solve societal challenges from the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam. Thanks to the high quality and positive societal impact of our research and education, EUR can compete with the top European universities.


Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

The Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB) is home to a vast diversity of scientific disciplines: public administration, pedagogical sciences, psychology and sociology. In addition, the Erasmus University College, IHS, and two research institutes RISBO and DRIFT are linked to the faculty. This also reflects in the content of the (international) bachelor's and master's programs and in research.  Our activities are always focused on people and society. At the ESSB fundamental, internationally oriented research is of paramount importance. In addition, social research for professionals, policy makers, and the society is part of our research activities. ESSB offers a stimulating research environment where major national and international research grants are received. Appealing guest researchers and ambitious PhD candidates come along to conduct their research. Our education is small-scale and works with innovative forms of education such as Problem-Based Learning (PBL). Both the Dutch and English programs are highly ranked by students and alumni. ESSB is home to over 4000 students and more than 400 staff-members. The different disciplines are supported by the Faculty Office (for more information, please visit

Department of Psychology, Education & Child Studies (DPECS)

The Department of Psychology, Education & Child Studies provides education and research in the area of pedagogical and psychological sciences and is embedded within the Faculty of Social Science. The education is characterized by a successful and innovative didactical approach: problem based learning in combination with extensive professional and academic skills training. Our bachelor and master tracks receive top rankings each year.


  • PhD; PhD scholarship
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €2443—€3122 per month
  • ESSB/DPECS/03062022


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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