Postdoctoral Researcher in Computational Cognitive Neuroscience

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 08 Apr 2024

1.0 FTE

Gross monthly salary
€ 3,226 - € 5,090

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Organizational unit
Faculty of Science

Application deadline
08 April 2024

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Are you fascinated about the brain mechanisms of perceptual decision making, inference, learning and attention? How the brain makes sense of the senses in our complex dynamic world? How it flexibly adapts to changes in its environment? We are looking for an enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher with interest in computational cognitive neuroscience to address these questions!
Adaptive behaviour in a complex, dynamic and multisensory world poses some of the most fundamental computational challenges for the brain: perceptual decision making, inference, learning, attention and probabilistic or statistical computation. You will combine computational modelling, such as Bayesian and/or neural network modelling, psychophysics and /or neuroimaging (fMRI, including ultra-high-field (7T) fMRI and MEG/EEG) to study these processes. Additional responsibilities involve helping to mentor and supervise student projects, participation in scientific conferences and international collaborations.
  • You hold a PhD in Computational Cognitive Neuroscience or a related field.
  • You should be proficient in advanced data analysis and statistics.
  • You have good programming skills (e.g. Matlab).
  • You have prior experience with psychophysics, fMRI and MEG/EEG.
  • Experience with computational modelling (e.g. Bayesian, neural network) would be a plus.
  • Prior research in perception, attention, statistical learning or a related field would be advantageous.
  • You are able to work independently and troubleshoot.
  • You possess good communication skills and are able to work in a team and promote an open and collaborative lab culture.

We are
This postdoctoral position is based in the Multisensory Perception, Learning and Attention lab (link is external) , headed by Prof. Uta Noppeney, at the Donders Centres for Cognitive Neuroimaging and Neuroscience. The overall goal of the lab is to understand how the brain enables us to perceive, understand and interact effectively with the multisensory world around us. To define the underlying computations and neural mechanisms we combine psychophysics, computational modelling (Bayesian, neural network) and neuroimaging (fMRI, MEG, EEG, TMS).
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. 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 Cognitive Neuroimaging centre is equipped with four MRI scanners (7T, 3x 3T), a 275-channel MEG system, an EEG-TMS laboratory, several (MR-compatible) EEG systems, and high-performance computational facilities. The Donders Institute fosters a collaborative, multidisciplinary, supportive research environment with diverse international staff. English is the lingua franca at the Institute. The Donders Institute is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and as such encourages applications from women and minorities.

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!
We offer
  • It concerns an employment for 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €3,226 and a maximum of €5,090 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 10 ).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for 1 year, with the possibility of extension after positive evaluation.
  • 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.

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.

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For questions about the position, please contact Uta Noppeney, Professor of Systems Neuroscience, at [email protected].
Practical information and applying
You can apply until 8 April 2024, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Uta Noppeney. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:
  • A letter of motivation.
  • Your CV, including the contact details of two references.
The first round of interviews will take place on Tuesday, 23 April.
You would preferably begin employment as soon as possible.
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