Postdoctoral Researcher at the Donders Centre for Cognition

Postdoctoral Researcher at the Donders Centre for Cognition

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3 Nov 27 Nov Nijmegen

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Job description

Do you have a strong interest in developing and studying new tools to integrate neurobiological and/or psychological information to better capture individual differences? Do you have strong communication skills and do see yourself working at the intersection of psychology, cognitive neuroscience and computational science? If so, this postdoctoral researcher position at the SAMBA research group (Donders Centre for Cognition) may be for you!

The project is embedded in the SAMBA research group at the Donders Centre for Cognition, which is part of the Donders Institute. The research programme of this group led by Dr Inti Brazil focuses on combining approaches from experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience (e.g. neuroimaging), computational modelling, and statistical modelling methods to study how impairments in neurobiological and psychological functioning underpin antisocial and maladaptive behaviours. We target individuals from the general community, psychiatric patient populations, incarcerated offenders, and forensic psychiatric populations.

The position is multifaceted and offers excellent possibilities for career development. You will be involved in the development of a novel toolkit for fusing cognitive performance and neuroimaging measures to capture individual differences, using advanced Bayesian statistical methods.

One of your tasks will be to collaborate closely with international research partners to co-develop the methodology, and you will program a user-friendly graphical user interface for the toolkit, making it accessible to a broader audience.

You will than apply the toolkit to existing datasets containing various cognitive performance and/or neuroimaging variables from different populations to conduct empirical research, and publish the results in scientific journals.

This position also encompasses dissemination activities, in which you will play an important role in creating a bridge between scientists and national societal partners. You will also be given the opportunity to gain experience in providing training to other researchers in the application of the toolkit.


Radboud University


  • You have a doctoral degree (PhD) in cognitive neuroscience, psychological methods, computational biology, computational psychiatry, or a related discipline.
  • You have experience with conceiving and conducting multidisciplinary research.
  • You have experience with analyses of psychological (task performance) and neuroimaging data (EEG, MRI).
  • You have a deep understanding of Bayesian statistics and latent variable modelling (e.g. computational modelling, structural equation modelling).
  • You have excellent programming skills in Python, R and Matlab.
  • Experience with building/developing research software packages is an advantage.
  • You have a demonstrable and consistent track record in publishing high-quality multidisciplinary research in international peer-reviewed journals.
  • You have excellent communicational, organisational, social and collaborative skills.
  • You have an excellent command of written and spoken English (C1 level).
  • You have a good command of written and spoken Dutch, or the willingness to learn Dutch within a short period of time.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: It concerns a temporary employment for contract for 2.5 years.

  • It concerns an employment for 0.8 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €4,332 and a maximum of €5,929 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 11).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for 2.5 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 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.
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.


The Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour is a world-class interfaculty research centre that houses more than 700 researchers devoted to understanding the mechanistic underpinnings of the human mind. Research at the Donders Institute is focused around four themes: 1. Language and communication, 2. Perception, action and decision-making, 3. Development and lifelong plasticity, 4. Natural computing & neurotechnology. Excellent, state-of-the-art research facilities are available for the broad range of neuroscience research that is being conducted at the Donders Institute. The Donders Institute has been assessed by an international evaluation committee as ‘excellent’ and recognised as a ‘very stimulating environment for top researchers, as well as for young talent’. The Donders Institute fosters a collaborative, multidisciplinary and supportive research environment with a diverse international staff. English is the lingua franca at the Institute.

Radboud University

We are keen to meet critical thinkers who want to look closer at what really matters. People who, from their expertise, wish to contribute to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This ambition unites more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University and requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Behaviour and society
  • max. 32 hours per week
  • €4332—€5929 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1216331



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