Assistant Professor at the Donders Centre for Cognition and School of Psychology

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 25 Jun 2023

0.8 - 1.0 FTE

Gross monthly salary
€ 3,974 - € 5,439

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Organizational unit
Faculty of Social Sciences

Application deadline
25 June 2023

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Do you hold a PhD in cognitive neuroscience or cognitive neuropsychology? And do you want to delve into how impairments in neurobiological and psychological functioning underpin antisocial and maladaptive behaviors? As an Assistant Professor in the field of forensic cognitive neuropsychiatry you will combine approaches from experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience and statistical modeling in your research, and inspire students with your teaching.
The Department of Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology (School of Psychology and Donders Centre for Cognition) has a position for an Assistant Professor in the field of forensic cognitive neuropsychiatry. This position encompasses both teaching (50%) and research (50%) activities.
You will be teaching in the areas of cognitive neuropsychiatry, cognitive neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience, and will supervise Bachelor's and Master's thesis projects on topics relevant to forensic psychiatry (e.g. aggression). Your teaching will be part of the Bachelor's programme in psychology, the clinically-oriented Master's programme and the Research Master's programme in Cognitive Neuroscience (CNS) (the Bachelor's and CNS programme are English-language programmes, the clinical Master's programme is taught in Dutch). Your scientific research will be embedded in Dr Inti Brazil's SAMBA research group at the Donders Centre for Cognition, which is part of the Donders Institute. The research programme of this group mainly focuses on combining approaches from experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience (e.g. neuroimaging) and statistical modelling methods in order to study how impairments in neurobiological and psychological functioning underpin antisocial and maladaptive behaviours. The research is conducted in individuals from the general community, psychiatric patient populations, incarcerated offenders, and forensic psychiatric populations. The research conducted by the SAMBA group is primarily embedded in Theme 2 (Perception, Action and Decision-making), but there are also extensive collaborations with researchers from Theme 3 (Development and Lifelong Plasticity). You will be expected to actively apply for grant-based and contract funding that will align with the research agenda of the Donders Institute in general and that of the Department of Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology in particular. The position offers excellent possibilities for career development.

  • You should have a doctoral degree (PhD) in cognitive neuroscience or cognitive neuropsychology (or a related discipline).
  • You have experience with conceiving and conducting multidisciplinary research on topics related to disturbances in behavioural adaptation, cognitive neuropsychiatry, forensic psychiatry and cognitive neuropsychology.
  • You have experience with analyses of neuroimaging data (EEG, MRI) and latent variable modelling (e.g. computational modelling, Structural Equation Modelling).
  • You have a demonstrable and consistent track record in publishing high-quality multidisciplinary research in international peer-reviewed journals.
  • You are successful at obtaining funding.
  • You are an enthusiastic teacher, with demonstrable experience with teaching and supervising undergraduate students and/or PhD candidates (preferably also in coordinating courses).
  • You have an affinity with teaching on topics related to psychopathology across psychiatric patient populations.
  • You have excellent organisational, social and collaborative skills.
  • A university teaching qualification (BKO) is recommended.
  • Fluency in Dutch is a hard requirement for teaching in the Dutch clinical Master's programme.
  • You have an excellent command of written and spoken English (C1 level).

We are
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 . Your research will be part of Theme 2 (Perception, Action and Decision-making). 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, supportive research environment with a diverse international staff. English is the lingua franca at the Institute.
The research conducted by the Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology section is embedded in the Donders Centre for Cognition, one of the centres of the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (which is part of Radboud University's Faculty of Social Sciences). Conducting neuroscientific research in clinical populations is a key topic at our university, with strong collaborations among groups across the Donders Institute, the Behavioural Science Institute, the Radboud university medical center (notably the departments of medical psychology, geriatrics, neurology and psychiatry), the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Vincent van Gogh Institute for Psychiatry, and the Klimmendaal Rehabilitation Centre. The Donders Centre for Cognition offers excellent research facilities, such as advanced EEG and eye movement registration, lab space, excellent access to fMRI and other neuroimaging facilities and an internal technical support group. The Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology section is part of the School of Psychology within the Faculty of Social Sciences. The School of Psychology offers excellent degree programmes for approximately 2,000 students. The Bachelor's programme has a yearly inflow of 600 new students. The Master's programme in Psychology has three specialisation tracks, including the clinical specialisation in Health Care Psychology (in Dutch). Finally, we offer two international Research Master's programmes, including the Research Master's programme in in Cognitive Neuroscience provided in collaboration with the Donders Institute for Cognition, Brain and Behaviour.
Radboud University
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We offer
  • It concerns an employment for 0.8 - 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €3,974 and a maximum of €5,439 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 1 year with the possibility of a permanent employment.
  • 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 Inti Brazil, Associate professor/Principal Investigator SAMBA group at +31 24 361 13 87 or . Alternatively, you can contact Joukje Oosterman, Associate professor/head of the department of Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology at +31 24 361 19 51 or .
Practical information and applying
You can apply until 25 June 2023, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Inti Brazil. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:
  • A letter of motivation.
  • Your CV.
The first round of interview will take place on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 July. You would preferably begin employment on 1 September 2023.
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