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  PhD Candidate in Computational Cognitive Neuroscience, Multisensory Perception, Learning and Attention

   Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour

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About the Project

  • Employment: 1.0 FTE
  • Gross monthly salary: € 2,434 - € 3,111
  • Faculty of Science
  • Required background: Research University Degree
  • Application deadline: 20 January 2022

Adaptive behaviour in a complex, dynamic and multisensory world poses some of the most fundamental computational challenges for the brain, notably perceptual inference, decision making, learning, binding, attention and probabilistic/statistical computations. As a PhD candidate, you will design, plan, conduct, analyse and write up psychophysics, fMRI (3T or laminar analyses at 7T) and/or MEG/EEG experiments in multisensory perception, learning and attention. Additional responsibilities optionally involve helping to mentor and supervise student projects (up to 10% of the appointment), participation in scientific conferences and international collaborations.


  • You hold an MSc or BSc in neuroscience, psychology, cognitive science, computer science, physics, engineering or a related field.
  • You have excellent analytical skills and a strong quantitative background.
  • You have good data analysis and statistics skills.
  • You have good programming skills (e.g. Matlab). Prior experience with psychophysics, fMRI, MEG/EEG or computational modelling (e.g. Bayesian, neural network) is advantageous.
  • Prior experience in research in perception, attention, statistical learning or related fields would be a plus.
  • You should be able to work independently and troubleshoot.
  • Good communication skills and a capacity for team work and promoting an open and collaborative lab culture are essential.

We are

The PhD position is based in the Multisensory Perception, Learning and Attention Lab headed by Prof. Uta Noppeney at the Donders Centres for Cognitive Neuroimaging and Neuroscience. The overall goal of the lab is to understand how the brain enables us to perceive, understand and interact effectively with the multisensory world around us. To define the underlying computations and neural mechanisms we combine psychophysics, computational modelling (Bayesian, neural network) and neuroimaging (fMRI, MEG, EEG, TMS).

The Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour is a world-class interfaculty research centre that houses more than 700 researchers devoted to understanding the mechanistic underpinnings of the human mind. Excellent, state-of-the-art research facilities are available for the broad range of neuroscience research that is being conducted at the Donders Institute. The Cognitive Neuroimaging Centre is equipped with four MRI scanners (7T, 3x 3T), a 275-channel MEG system, an EEG-TMS laboratory, several MR-compatible EEG systems, and high-performance computational facilities. The Donders Institute fosters a collaborative, multidisciplinary, supportive research environment with diverse international staff. English is the lingua franca at the Institute.

The Donders Institute is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and as such encourages applications from women and minorities.

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!

We offer

  • Employment for 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,434 per month based on a 38-hour working week, and will increase to €3,111 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 29 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.

Would you like more information?

For questions about the position, please contact Uta Noppeney, Professor of Systems Neuroscience, at [Email Address Removed].

Practical information and applications

You can apply until 20 January 2022, exclusively using the application button. Kindly address your application to Uta Noppeney. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:

  • A letter of motivation.
  • Your CV including the contact details of two referees.

The first round of interviews will take place on Wednesday 26 January. The second round will take place on 17 February. You would preferably begin employment on 1 June but the starting state is flexible.

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