BeyondTheEdge PhD Position in higher-order statistics for neuroscience

BeyondTheEdge PhD Position in higher-order statistics for neuroscience

Published Deadline Location
22 Apr today Amsterdam
Do you have an inquisitive mind and a passion for mathematics and statistics? Please apply for a PhD position at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Job description

The Department of Mathematics of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam welcomes applications for a fully-funded, 4-year PhD position that is part of the EU-funded BeyondTheEdge Doctoral Network. The PhD research will focus on the development, evaluation, and application of statistical methods for assessing higher-order brain interactions in functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) data. The position includes prospective research secondments at the VU University Medical Center (AMC) and Kadir Has Universitesi (KHAS), Fatih, Turkey. We are an inclusive, interdisciplinary group, and diversity and internationalism is at the heart of our research principles, as well as our teaching practice.

The preferred starting date is a mutually agreed date on or before October 1, 2024.

This position is part of the project BeyondTheEdge; more information and eligibility criteria can be found on the project website

Applications from all groups currently under-represented in academic posts are especially encouraged. We particularly welcome applications from women and people with an ethnic minority background.

Your duties
  • doing research towards writing a PhD thesis at the department of Mathematics at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam with prospective secondments elsewhere (see above)
  • collaborate with PhD students, postdocs and staff members within the department and from national and international partners of the BeyondTheEdge Network
  • teaching tasks (roughly 15% of your time) for instance supervising exercise classes and correcting homework

There will be opportunity to take courses for professional and personal development.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


  • a (prospective) MSc. degree in Mathematics (or equivalent thereof)
  • good communication skills in English
  • not having resided or carried out main activity in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the recruitment date (this is a BeyondTheEdge specific eligibility criterium)

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 year.

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2770 (at the start) and a maximum €3539 per month (in the fourth year). The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 0.8-1.0 FTE.

The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a further 3 years. Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • good paid parental leave scheme
  • additional project-related allowances may apply


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The Department of Mathematics
The Department of Mathematics strives for excellence in research. The department balances pure mathematical research with mathematical research motivated by applications. Researchers in the department are on one hand active at a fundamental and theoretical level, and, on the other hand, work on applications with links to business, the sciences, and societal issues. The department has a strong international research staff with expertise in dynamical systems, topology, geometry and algebra, as well as in stochastics (statistics, data analytics, probability).

Faculty of Science
Researchers and students at VU Amsterdam’s Faculty of Science tackle fundamental and complex scientific problems to help pave the way for a sustainable and healthy future. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to malnutrition, and from molecules to the moon: we cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. Our teaching and research have a strong experimentally technical, computational and interdisciplinary nature. We work on new solutions guided by value-driven, interdisciplinary methodologies. We are committed to research, valorisation and training socially engaged citizens of the world who will make valuable contributions to a sustainable, healthy future.

Are you interested in joining the Faculty of Science? You will join undergraduate students, PhD candidates and researchers at the biggest sciences faculty in the Netherlands. You will combine a professional focus with a broad view of the world. We are proud of our collegial working climate, characterised by committed staff, a pragmatic attitude and engagement in the larger whole. The faculty is home to over 11,000 students enrolled in 40 study programmes. It employs over 1,600 professionals spread across 10 academic departments.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam stands for values-driven education and research. We are open-minded experts with the ability to think freely. - a broader mind. Maintaining an entrepreneurial perspective and concentrating on diversity, significance and humanity, we work on sustainable solutions with social impact. By joining forces, across the boundaries of disciplines, we work towards a better world for people and planet. Together we create a safe and respectful working and study climate, and an inspiring environment for education and research.

We are located on one physical campus, in the heart of Amsterdam's Zuidas business district, with excellent location and accessibility. Over 5,500 staff work at the VU and over 30,000 students attend academic education.

Diversity is the driving force of the VU. The VU wants to be accessible and receptive to diversity in disciplines, cultures, ideas, nationalities, beliefs, preferences and worldviews. We believe that trust, respect, interest and differences lead to new insights and innovation, to sharpness and clarity, to excellence and a broader understanding. We stand for an inclusive community and believe that diversity and internationalisation contribute to the quality of education, research and our services. Therefore, we are always searching for people whose backgrounds and experience contribute to the diversity of the VU community.

Additional information

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button by June 15th and upload: a cover letter, a CV, a list of courses and grades at the MSc level, a (draft) MSc thesis if available, and the names and e-mail addresses of two references.

Applications received by e-mail will not be considered.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Rikkert Hindriks
Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


  • PhD
  • Natural sciences; Engineering; Health
  • €2770—€3539 per month
  • University graduate
  • 3789


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Make sure to apply no later than 15 Jun 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).