Postdoctoral Researcher in Computational Neuroscience

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The Computational Neuroscience Lab, recently established within the Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience Group at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), is seeking a highly qualified and motivated candidate for a postdoctoral position in computational neuroscience, under the project 'Translational biomarkers for compulsivity across large-scale brain networks'. The aim of this project is to understand the neurobiological roots of compulsivity, by identifying the neural signatures of compulsive behavior in cortical and subcortical brain regions. A combination of experimental and computational work will be used, with the presently advertised position being associated with the computational modeling part. You will develop and analyze computational models of large-scale brain networks of rodents and humans, following previous work in macaques (Mejias et al., Science Advances 2016). These new models will explicitly replicate neural dynamics underlying compulsive behavior, and will be constrained by existing anatomical, electrophysiological and clinical data from the experimental partners of the project. You will be supervised by Dr. Jorge Mejias, head of the Computational Neuroscience Lab, and the work will be carried out in close collaboration with Drs. Ingo Willuhn and Tara Arbab, from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience. You will also closely collaborate with other computational neuroscientists, experimental neuroscientists, clinicians, theoreticians, and machine learning experts at the UvA.

What are you going to do

You are expected:

  • to perform research on computational neuroscience;
  • to review relevant literature and acquire knowledge on neurobiology, compulsivity and computational neuroscience;
  • to build biologically realistic multi-area computational models of cortical circuits, and compare their predictions with experimental findings;
  • to collaborate and discuss regularly with other researchers in the project;
  • to take part in teaching efforts of the Computational Neuroscience Lab, including supervision of bachelor and Master students;
  • to write scientific manuscripts and present your results at meetings and conferences.

We will base our selection on your scientific track record, as well as on your academic achievements, qualifications, and vision.

What do we require
  • a PhD in computational neuroscience with a focus on modeling biological neural systems;
  • a background (BSc or MSc) in physics or mathematics is preferred;
  • strong quantitative and analytical skills, including experience with dynamical systems, stochastic processes, and/or complex systems;
  • strong programming skills (preferably with Python or Matlab), including numerical methods for differential equations, stochastic processes, and machine learning ;
  • experience with the use of high-performance computers is a plus;
  • experience or demonstrable affinity with neuroscience research. Familiarity with topics of compulsivity and/or computational psychiatry is a plus;
  • ability to read and understand relevant neuroscientific literature and use experimental data to build models;
  • ability to communicate effectively in English, within a multidisciplinary team and in an international context;
  • a passionate interest to understand how the brain works and to use this understanding to improve clinical practice.

Our offer

A temporary contract for 38 hours a week, preferably starting on 1 November 2021. The duration of the contract is 18 months (with a two months probation period). An extension of the contract is possible provided a positive performance of the candidate and further availability of funds.

The salary, depending on relevant work experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,836 to €4,474 (scale 10)  gross per month, based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look here .


Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact:

  • dr. Jorge Mejias , assistant professor of computational neuroscience

About us

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) is one of the Faculty of Science’s largest institutes. Its approximately 240 scientists and staff members work in 17 research groups and several expertise centers that perform excellent research centered on four themes: 1) Cell and Systems Biology, 2) Neurosciences 3) Microbiology and 4) Green Life Sciences.

More information about the Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience group can be found here.


The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 30 September 2021. You can apply online by using the link below. 

Applications in .pdf should include:

  • a motivation letter and CV, including a list of publications;
  • names and email information of two academic references.

Please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience.

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