PhD candidate in Systems Neuroscience

Faculty of Science – Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences

8 oktober 2018
Master's degree
€2,266 to €2,897 gross per month
24 oktober 2018
38 hours per week

The Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) is one of the Faculty of Science's largest institutes. Our approximately 240 scientists and staff members work in 16 research groups that perform excellent research centred on three themes: 1) Cell & Systems Biology, 2) Neurosciences, and 3) Molecular Life Sciences.

The research group Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience is looking for a PhD candidate in the field of systems neuroscience, bridging the gap between neurophysiology and human cognition. This is an interdisciplinary project which will be performed jointly with the department of Brain and Cognition at the Psychology Research Institute at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

Project description

Our project title is 'What do you expect to see? The neuronal correlates of interactions between perception and memory.'

This interdisciplinary project will be supervised by Dr Heleen Slagter (Brain and Cognition, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences) and Dr Carien Lansink (Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience Group, SILS-FNWI, UvA).

What determines how we perceive the outside world? An essential key to answering this question lies in understanding how perception is shaped by expectations about what is going to occur based on past experiences. This project aims to build a detailed mechanistic account of the neural and behavioural interactions between sensory and memory brain systems supporting perception. This will be achieved by using in vivo chronic, multi-area electrophysiology and human imaging (fMRI) in combination with behavioural tasks and advanced signal analysis methods.


You should have a Master's degree in experimental neuroscience or a related field. Affinity and/or experience in experimental methods for systems neuroscience are a prerequisite. You preferably have strong programming skills (especially in MATLAB) and experience in developing and applying methods for signal processing and neural data analysis. Experience with fMRI and human research is a plus. A certificate for working with laboratory animals (under Dutch legislation) will be an important asset for this position. As a PhD candidate you will also participate in educational activities at the bachelor and/or master levels.

Further information

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The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of 4 years (initial appointment will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it can be extended to a total duration of 4 years) and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan, including attendance of courses and (international) meetings. You are also expected to assist in teaching of undergraduate students.

Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from €2,266 in the first year to €2,897 in the last year. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable. 

Job application

The Faculty of Science plays a central role in our international and colorful society. Everyone is welcome regardless of origin, skin color, orientation and/or convictions.

Applications may only be submitted by using the link below.

Your application must include:

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a letter of motivation;
  • a grade list;
  • and an example of academic writing (thesis, research report) and the names and contact details of two academic referees.

Please combine all documents in one single attachment and also mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience.

To process your application immediately, please quote the vacancy number 18-597 and the position you are applying for in the subject-line.

Applications will be accepted until 24 October 2018. #LI-DNP

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