Doctoral scholarship holder neuromodulation by electroconvulsive therapy in clinical psychiatry

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Department: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Regime Full-time

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The Department of CAPRI (Collaborative Antwerp Psychiatric Research Institute) in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is looking for a full-time (100%) doctoral scholarship holder in the field of neuromodulation by electroconvulsive therapy in clinical psychiatry.


  • You will work actively on the preparation and defence of a PhD thesis on electroconvulsive therapy for patients with depressive disorders.
  • About the project:
    Project title: “Changing Tactics? Optimizing ECT in difficult-to-treat depression”).
    Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) remains the most efficient clinical intervention for difficult to treat, severe and sometimes life-threatening depressive episodes. This project aims to unravel whether switching from unilateral to bilateral electrode placement after four treatment sessions improves depressive symptomatology in treatment non-responders. Your role as clinical doctoral student will entail i) conducting the study in cooperation with the clinical ECT and scientific research teams, ii) managing the project as study coordinator, iii) analyzing and disseminating the data via 3 to 4 scientific manuscripts in A1 peer-reviewed journals and 4) Writing and defending your PhD thesis.
  • You will mainly operate from SINAPS (Scientific Initiative for Neuropsychiatric and Psychopharmacologic Studies), a collaboration between the Collaborative Antwerp Psychiatric Research Institute (CAPRI) of the University of Antwerp and the University Psychiatric Centre Duffel and as such be located at the psychiatric hospital in Duffel and the hospital’s clinical ECT ward.
  • As a SINAPS team member, you will collegially contribute to other projects of our research group when opportune and carry out a number of limited teaching and research support tasks for CAPRI.


  • You hold a master’s degree in Medicine or clinical psychology or you will have obtained it by the time you start work.
  • As manager of your project and thesis, you are a sufficiently independent researcher that functions optimally as a team player in both clinical and research-oriented close-knit teams.
  • You are socially apt to interact with severely ill psychiatric patients with care and integrate fluently in a non-hierarchical operational team
  • You demonstrate good knowledge in statistics and writing skills.
  • Experience with psychiatric patients and clinical trial management is advantageous.
  • You speak and write fluently in Dutch and English.
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision .
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies .
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.

What we offer

  • We offer a doctoral scholarship for a period of two years, funded by the FWO (TBM project). Following a positive evaluation, the scholarship can be renewed once for another two-year period.
  • The planned start date is the 1st of October 2022 or as soon as possible after that date.
  • Your monthly scholarship amount is calculated according to the scholarship amounts for doctoral scholarship holders on the pay scales for Contract Research Staff (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
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Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including September 8th, 2022 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments: a motivation letter, your academic CV.
  • The selection committee will review all of the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, you will be informed about the next steps in the selection procedure. Application interviews will be held between September 12th and September 23d 2022.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to . If you have any questions about the job content in itself, please contact Violette Coppens, , +32 15 30 39 88.

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