PhD Candidate for Gas-phase Contamination Detection in Real-life Applications: Combining Spectroscopy and Spectrometry

Updated: 30 days ago
Deadline: 01 Feb 2024

1.0 FTE

Gross monthly salary
€ 2,770 - € 3,539

Required background
Research University Degree

Organizational unit
Faculty of Science

Application deadline
01 February 2024

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Are you fascinated about the brain mechanisms of perceptual decision making, inference, learning and attention? How the brain makes sense of the senses in our complex dynamic world? How it flexibly adapts to changes in its environment? We are looking for enthusiastic postdoctoral researchers with interests in computational cognitive neuroscience to address these questions!
Adaptive behaviour in a complex, dynamic and multisensory world poses some of the most fundamental computational challenges for the brain: perceptual decision making, inference, learning, attention and probabilistic or statistical computation. You will combine computational modelling, such as Bayesian and neural network, psychophysics and /or neuroimaging (fMRI, including ultra-high-field (7T) fMRI and MEG/EEG) to study these processes. Additional responsibilities involve helping to mentor and supervise student projects, participation in scientific conferences and international collaborations.
  • You are a highly motivated, enthusiastic, critical, communicative, creative and team-oriented young scientist with a particular interest in laser-based spectroscopy, spectrometry and laboratory work.
  • You take initiative and are eager to learn.
  • You can work independently, but you also enjoy interacting within a group.
  • You have a Master's degree in physics, engineering, photonics or a related discipline, and an interest in learning how to operate laboratory instruments and analyse data.
  • Ideally, you have some experience in developing laser-based spectroscopy systems and in programming (especially Matlab, LabView and Python), but if not you are at least eager to learn.
  • You are fluent in English (written and spoken) and have good communication skills.
  • You demonstrate integrity and positivity and motivate others to do the same.

We are
Our research team is a diverse team of international scientists interested in trace detection for different applications. We use a combination of spectroscopy and spectrometry instruments for this purpose. We also develop methodologies for novel applications of spectrometry as well as novel laser-based spectroscopy techniques and instruments. We have a large list of national and international collaborating groups, universities, institutes and companies in several national and European projects. This provides us with a very active and open environment, and exposes us to new challenges in trace detection for which we can provide solutions.
The TDLab is embedded within the Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM), at the Faculty of Science of Radboud University (Nijmegen, Netherlands). IMM is a dynamic interdisciplinary research institute that brings together the fields of chemistry and physics, to unravel the mysteries of atomic, molecular and solid state environments. With a focus on fundamental research, IMM strive to make a positive impact on society by exploring practical applications and educating the future leaders in science and innovation.

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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We offer
  • It concerns an employment for 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,770 per month based on a 38-hour working week, and will increase to €3,539 in the fourth year (salary scale P ).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • You will be employed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4 year contract).
  • 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 Dr. Simona Cristescu, PI of the project, at [email protected] .  Alternatively, you can contact Amir Khodabakhsh, Postdoctoral researcher at [email protected] .
Practical information and applying
You can apply until 1 February 2024, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Dr. Simona Cristescu. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:
  • A letter of motivation.
  • Your CV, including the contact details of two references.
The first round of interviews will take place in the week of 5 February. The second round of interviews will take place in the week of 26 February.
You would preferably begin employment as soon as possible.
We can imagine you're curious about our application procedure . It offers a rough outline of what you can expect during the application process, how we handle your personal data and how we deal with internal and external candidates. If you wish to apply for this vacancy with a non-EU nationality, please take notice of the following information .
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We would like to recruit our new colleague ourselves. Acquisition in response to this vacancy will not be appreciated.

Dr S.M. Cristescu (Simona)
PI of the project
[email protected] +31 24 365 22 77
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