Postdoctoral Researcher: Neurocognitive Mechanisms of Learning in Early Childhood at the Donders Centre for Cognition

Updated: 19 days ago
Deadline: 29 May 2024

0.8 - 1.0 FTE

Gross monthly salary
€ 4,332 - € 5,929

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Organizational unit
Faculty of Social Sciences

Application deadline
29 May 2024

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Do you want to contribute to cutting-edge research in developmental cognitive neuroscience? And do you aim to understand the mechanisms responsible for the remarkable development during the first years of life and why children differ in their developmental outcomes? Join our international research team as a postdoctoral researcher!

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join the BabyBRAIN  lab. In this position, you will conduct research on learning and curiosity in early development, using behavioural, neuroscientific and modelling approaches. You will work closely with Prof. Sabine Hunnius  and Dr Marlene Meyer  and will be involved in the supervision of ongoing PhD projects.

  • You hold a PhD in Developmental Cognitive Science or Developmental Psychology.
  • You have a strong motivation to conduct interdisciplinary empirical research at the intersection of developmental psychology and cognitive science.
  • You have experience with tools for quantitative data analysis such as Matlab or Python. Experience with computational modelling is a plus.
  • You possess proven problem-solving skills and an ability to take a strong, positive and proactive approach to work.
  • You have experience with experimental developmental psychology. Experience with mathematical modelling of behaviour is a plus.
  • You possess excellent collaborative and communication skills.
  • You are versatile, flexible and have the ability to work in a team as well as independently.

We are

You will work in an interdisciplinary team of developmental scientists, cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists at the Donders Institute . The Donders Institute is a state-of-the art cognitive neuroscience institute with a multidisciplinary approach. It offers excellent research facilities, including developmental research facilities, advanced neuroimaging, eye movement registration, and motion tracking labs. The Institute was assessed as 'excellent' by an international evaluation committee in the last research evaluation, and was recognised as a 'very stimulating environment for top researchers as well as for young talents'. 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 offers a parental leave scheme and day care on campus.

The Baby and Child Research Center (link is external) (BRC) at Radboud University is a leading cross-disciplinary research initiative on early development. We study children's social and cognitive development as well as their language acquisition and health during the first six years of life. BRC features state-of-the art facilities, such as eye-tracking, motion-tracking and neuroimaging techniques. It fosters a collaborative, multidisciplinary and supportive research environment with a diverse international staff. You will be an integral member of the lively BRC community. 

Radboud University

At Radboud University, we aim to make an impact through our work. We achieve this by conducting groundbreaking research, providing high-quality education, offering excellent support, and fostering collaborations within and outside the university. In doing so, we contribute indispensably to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. To accomplish this, we need even more colleagues who, based on their expertise, are willing to search for answers. We advocate for an inclusive community and welcome employees with diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives. Will you also contribute to making the world a little better? You have a part to play.

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Faculty of Social Sciences
At the Faculty of Social Sciences , humanity and society are our focus; we study how people behave, think and feel. Within this context, we look at themes such as human behaviour and the human psyche, education and upbringing, communication, society and culture. The faculty provides education to 6,000 students and employs 700 staff. Education is organised into six programme clusters: Psychology; Artificial Intelligence; Pedagogical Sciences and Educational Sciences; Communication Science; Sociology; and Cultural Anthropology and Developmental Sociology. Our research is carried out within three research institutes: the Donders Centre for Cognition, the Behavioural Science Institute, and Radboud Social Cultural Research.

We offer
  • We will give you a temporary employment contract of 2.5 years.
  • Your salary within salary scale 11 depends on your previous education and number of years of relevant work experience. The amounts in the scale are based on a 38-hour working week.
  • You will receive an 8% holiday allowance and an 8,3% end-of-year bonus. 
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Support Service . The Dual Career Programme assists your partner via support, tools, and resources to improve their chances of independently finding employment in the Netherlands. Our Family Support Service helps you and your partner feel welcome and at home by providing customised assistance in navigating local facilities, schools, and amenities. Also take a look at our support for international staff page to discover all our services for international employees.
  • You will receive extra days off. With full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the statutory 20. 

Additional employment conditions

Work and science require good employment practices. Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions reflect this. 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 membership. And, of course, we offer a good pension plan. We also give you 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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Practical information and applying

All applications must be made online using the button below. Hard copy or email applications will not be processed. Address your letter of application to Sabine Hunnius and Marlene Meyer. Please provide a brief cover letter, highlighting qualifications and motivation, and a current CV, listing relevant experience and providing the contact details of two referees.

The first interviews will take place on 7 June. You will preferably start your employment on 1 September.
We can imagine you're curious about our application procedure .

Apply now Application deadline 29 May 2024

We would like to recruit our new colleague ourselves. Acquisition in response to this vacancy will not be appreciated.

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Prof. S. Hunnius (Sabine)
Dr M. Meyer (Marlene)

Last modified: 13 May 2024
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