PhD Student position at the Dept. of Cognitive Neuroscience, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 26 Jul 2020

PhD Student position at the Dept. of Cognitive Neuroscience, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
PhD Student position at the Dept. of Cognitive Neuroscience, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Published Deadline Location
10 Jul 26 Jul Maastricht

The ERC-Synergy project RELEVANCE aims to understand how the brain evolved special structures to process highly relevant social stimuli like bodies and to reveal how social vision sustains adaptive behavior. Methods include psychophysics and high-field functional imaging in combination with virtual reality and neural stimulation in humans; electrophysiology with optogenetics and laminar recordings in monkeys.
Job description

The positions are part of an ERC-Synergy grant RELEVANCE jointly awarded to prof. de Gelder (Maastricht), Giese (Tübingen), Vogels (KU Leuven)

The project RELEVANCE aims to understand how the brain evolved special structures to process highly relevant social stimuli like bodies and to reveal how social vision sustains adaptive behavior. The project will develop a mechanistic and computational understanding of the visual processing of bodies and interactions through integrating advanced methods from multiple disciplines: psychophysics, Ecog and high-field functional imaging in combination with computer animation, virtual reality and neural stimulation in humans; single unit electrophysiology with  causal techniques in monkeys, and development of biologically-Informed deep neural network models that unify the data. 

For Maastricht University (http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/ ):

The student will be integrated in the research that takes place at the Department for Cognitive Neuroscience and the Maastricht Brain Imaging Center at Maastricht University, which has access to a new MR-lab with 3 Tesla, 7 Tesla and 9.4 Tesla human MRI systems (www.scannexus.nl ). 

The primary responsibilities of the PhD student will be:

  • to actively participate in the experimental design, analysis (and acquisition) of 7 Tesla functional MRI data;
  • collaborate to the other parts of the research program and
  • writing and publishing of articles.

Preferred starting date: September 2020.


Specifications
  • 36—40 hours per week
  • €2395—€3061 per month
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Maastricht University (UM)


Requirements

Candidates should have a (research) master degree in one of the following disciplines:

  • (Cognitive) Neuroscience
  • (Biomedical) Engineering
  • Computer Science or Mathematics.

In addition to these requirements, candidates should preferably have a:

  • Theoretical interest in the area of visual perception and experience with scientific programming (Matlab, Python or any other language).
  • Research experience (during the master thesis or research internships) in one or more of the following topics/techniques will be strongly valued: functional MRI acquisition/analysis, machine learning, multivariate pattern recognition. 

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 4 years.

  • 38 hours per week;
  • Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels for PhD candidates starting with a salary of € 2.395,- with a yearly growth to € 3.061,- gross a month, based on a full-time appointment (38 hours/week). An 8% holiday and an 8.3% year-end allowance is also provided;
  • We offer a 4 year full-time appointment as PhD candidate. The first year will be a probation period, after a positive assessment the position will be extended for another 3 years, which happens in the vast majority of cases;
  • We offer an attractive package of fringe benefits such as, reduction on collective health insurance, substantial leave arrangements, selection model for designing a personalised benefits package, use of UM Sport facilities against reduced rate, and application for attractive fiscal arrangements for employees from abroad;
  • We offer a rewarding career at a young university in the heart of Europe, with a distinct global perspective and a strong focus on innovative research and education;
  • We provide a stimulating, collaborative and interdisciplinary work environment with excellent opportunities for professional and personal development;
  • Maastricht University has an excellent international reputation, and Maastricht itself is a beautiful, open-minded city located in the center of Western Europe.
  • The appointment will be at the The Maastricht Brain Imaging Centre (M-BIC)

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl > Support > UM employees .


Employer
Maastricht University

http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/

Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 18,000 students and 4,400 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience


Department
Department of Cognitive Neuroscience

Department of Cognitive Neuroscience, Faculty of Psychology & Neuroscience, Maastricht University, The Netherlands; Brain and Emotion group, Maastricht Brain Imaging Centre (MBIC).

Maastricht Brain Imaging Centre
The Maastricht Brain Imaging Centre (M-BIC) is a research center founded by the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience of Maastricht University. It offers research facilities that were newly established within the Brains Unlimited project, including high (3 Tesla) and ultra-high (7 and 9.4 Tesla) magnetic fields MR scanners. The research core of M-BIC is formed by the Cognitive Neuroscience field, one of the four departments through which the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience conducts its research

 

 


Additional information

Prof. dr. B. de Gelder
Email: b.degelder@maastrichtuniversity.nl
Tel:  +31-43-3881802
 



Application procedure

Interested candidates should send:

  •   A letter of motivation
  •   A detailed CV
  •   Contact info of at least two references

You can send your application by email to: hrm-rw-vacatures@maastrichtuniversity.nl .

Please mention also the vacancy number and/or the project name in your application.

Maastricht University is committed to nurturing an inclusive culture and a welcoming atmosphere. This inclusiveness strategy has resulted in a very diverse representation of nationalities and cultures. We strongly believe that diversity (including, but not limited to nationality, age and gender) of the staff and student population will increase the quality of UM education & research. Fostering diversity and inclusivity creates an academic community where individual talents thrive, and values and differences are cherished. We strongly encourage you to apply if you are qualified for this position.


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Apply via postal mail

hrm-rw-vacatures@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Don't forget to mention AcademicTransfer and the job number: AT2020.205 in your letter.


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