Post-doc position

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 15 Apr 2024

19 Mar 2024
Job Information

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
Research Field

Medical sciences
Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

15 Apr 2024 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an undeniable clinical success in the treatment of movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. Yet, DBS exhibits a large outcome variability in individual patients and patients might suffer from stimulation-induced side effects. The sophistication of DBS systems is far ahead of the present understanding and clinical exploitation of the available stimulation features offered by the technology. Finding the right frequency, amplitude, and pulse width settings for an individual patient can be a cumbersome process. Within our European research consortium (Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Uppsala, Berlin), we aim to optimize DBS treatment through biophysical and statistical modelling, with a strong focus on electrophysiology (local field potential recordings) in Amsterdam.

We are looking for a postdoc who could contribute to one or more of the following research aims: 1) localizing spatial origins of LFP oscillations through inverse source modelling; 2) biophysical modelling of the effect of stimulation on electrophysiological activity; 3) applying optimization algorithms for optimal navigation through the stimulation parameter landscape. You are expected to take initiative in conducting the work and to present the project’s outcomes in scientific papers and at international conferences. There is an opportunity to supervise student projects, participate in data collection, and to take part in working visits to partners in the consortium. The work in this project will be conducted in close collaboration with the DBS Neurology group at the Amsterdam University Medical Centers location AMC. You are expected to regularly visit the AMC hospital for attending research meetings and to conduct parts of your work, as appropriate. The project will be supervised by Dr. Bernadette van Wijk (VU University Amsterdam) and Dr. Martijn Beudel (Amsterdam University Medical Centers).

Specific Requirements


  • A PhD in human movement sciences or a related field such as biomedical, electrical, or control engineering, (computational) neuroscience, or artificial intelligence
  • Demonstrated affinity for the topic of deep brain stimulation and Parkinson’s disease
  • First authored articles in peer-reviewed international journals
  • Necessary theoretical and applied background to perform the work largely independently
  • Willingness and competences to work in a team

As a university, we strive for equal opportunities for all, recognising that diversity takes many forms. We believe that diversity in all its complexity is invaluable for the quality of our teaching, research and service. We are always looking for talent with diverse backgrounds and experiences. This also means that we are committed to creating an inclusive community so that we can use diversity as an asset.

We realise that each individual brings a unique set of skills, expertise and mindset. Therefore we are happy to invite anyone who recognises themselves in the profile to apply, even if you do not meet all the requirements.

Additional Information

A challenging position in a socially involved organisation. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of € 3.226 (scale 10-0) and a maximum € 5.929 (scale 11-11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system (researcher 4/researcher 3) and is vacant for 1,0 fte. The initial employment contract will affect a period of 1 year with the intention of extension for another year (12 months).

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • A full-time 38-hour working week comes with a holiday leave entitlement of 232 hours per year. If you choose to work 40 hours, you have 96 extra holiday leave hours on an annual basis. For part-timers, this is calculated pro rata.
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • space for personal development
  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge

Additional comments

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload a single PDF that includes (1) a short (motivation) letter (not longer than 1 page), (2) your curriculum vitae (which lists two references that we can contact). Materials must be submitted by 15/04/2024. Interviews will take place shortly after the submission deadline. Intended starting date is before 01/07/2024.

Applications received by e-mail will not be considered.

Acquisition in response to this advertisement is not appreciated.

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Work Location(s)
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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Postal Code
Van der Boechorststraat 7

Where to apply



De Boelelaan 1105
Postal Code

1081 HV


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