PhD Position in (Cognitive) Neuroscience

University of Amsterdam Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences


PhD Position (Cognitive) Neuroscience

Faculty/Services:  Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Educational level:  Master
Function type:  PhD position
Closing date:  26 February 2023
Vacancy number:  11050

Are you looking for a PhD position with a strong interdisciplinary focus, and do you have a strong interest in (cognitive) neuroscience? The Integrative Model-based Cognitive Neuroscience (IMCN) Research Group in the Psychology Department is looking for a PhD candidate that will combine MRI, microscopy and image processing to create 3D reconstructions of the human Alzheimer brain.

The IMCN Research Group is a group of world-leading cognitive neuroscientists who

aim to bridge the gap between neuroscience and cognition. Members of the IMCN

have a set of skills ranging from neuroanatomy and neurochemistry via neuroimaging

to mathematical cognitive modelling.

What are you going to do

As part of the PhD trajectory, you will carry out microscopy processing of whole human-brain specimens, digitization of the microscopy slices, subsequent image processing, and statistical modeling of the neuropathological profiles. Prior to microscopy processing ultra-high field MRI images will be acquired, and quantitative comparisons will be made across imaging modalities. You will work together with other researchers within the group, and other universities to map whole-brain neuropathology in brain donors with Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

You will be hired via the University of Amsterdam and collaborate with researchers at the VU University, Utrecht University, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (Amsterdam), Leiden University, Erasmus MC and the Max Planck Institute for Cognition and Brain sciences in Leipzig (GE).

Your experience and profile:

You have:

  • A MSc in neuroscience or similar;
  • Affinity with histological techniques;
  • A strong interest in image processing;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Strong social skills and professional flexibility to work within a team of interdisciplinary researchers.

What can we offer you

The position concerns temporary employment of 38 hours per week for a period of 4 year. The initial employment is for one year. Following a positive assessment and barring altered circumstances, this term will be extended by a maximum of 36 months, which should result in the conferral of a doctorate. We will put together a curriculum which will also include the opportunity to attend training courses and both national and international events. You will also be tasked with teaching Bachelor's students.

Your salary will be €2541 gross per month in the first year and will increase to €3247 in the final year, based on full-time employment and in keeping with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities. We additionally offer an extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.

The UvA offers excellent possibilities for further professional development and education.

What else do we offer

  • a position in which initiative and input are highly valued;
  • an enthusiastic and warm team that is open to new colleagues;
  • an inspiring academic and international working environment in the heart of Amsterdam.

About us

The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of degree programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 39,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquiring minds.

About the faculty

A challenging work environment with a variety of duties and ample scope for individual initiative and development within an inspiring organization. The social and behavioral sciences play a leading role in addressing the major societal challenges faced by the world, the Netherlands and Amsterdam, now and in the future.

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Job application

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 26 February 2023. You may apply online by using the link below.

Applications in 1 bundled .pdf should include:

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a letter of motivation;
  • (contact details for) two references.

You can upload the PDF file on the next page in the ‘Resume/CV’ box.

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.

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