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Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
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. Research at the Donders Institute is focused around four themes: 1. Language and communication, 2. Perception, action and control, 3. Plasticity and memory, 4. Neural computation and neurotechnology. 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 Donders Institute has been assessed by an international evaluation committee as excellent and recognized as a ‘very stimulating environment for top researchers, as well as for young talent’. The Donders Institute fosters a collaborative, multidisciplinary, supportive research environment with a diverse international staff. English is the lingua franca at the Institute.

The mission of the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging (DCCN) is to conduct cutting-edge fundamental research in cognitive neuroscience. Much of the rapid progress in this field is being driven by the development of complex neuroimaging techniques for measuring activity in the human brain - an area in which the Centre plays a leading role. The research themes cover central cognitive functions, such as perception, action, control, emotion, decision-making, attention, memory, language, learning and plasticity. The Centre also aims to establish how the different brain areas coordinate their activity with very high temporal precision to enable human and animal cognition. Our internationally renowned centre currently hosts more than 100 PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers from more than 25 countries, offering a stimulating and multidisciplinary research environment. The 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.

1. Introduction

A PhD position is available in Dr Janneke Jehee's lab at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. You will work on studies of visual decision-making, sensory uncertainty, and decision confidence. Research methods include computational modelling, brain imaging (fMRI, MEG), machine learning, behavioural methods, and other techniques.

2. Job description

Virtually every decision we make comes with a sense of confidence – a subjective estimate of decision accuracy. Confidence enables us to monitor and judge the quality of our own decisions and adapt our behaviour accordingly. For example, we reduce speed when driving in bad weather because we are less confident about our estimates of the distance to surrounding traffic. But what makes us feel less confident in these conditions? What brain mechanisms underlie this ability? This project will address these and other questions regarding the neural basis of sensory uncertainty and visual decision confidence. 

The positions will be affiliated with an international network of nine research labs located throughout Europe. You will receive interdisciplinary training in theories and methods for the study of visual perception, decision-making and confidence. This includes many network-wide events and other international training opportunities.

See this website for more information on the lab’s research questions, style and approach; and see this website for more information about overarching research themes and questions within the wider network.

3. Profile

  • You have a Master's degree (or equivalent) in Psychology, Computer Science, Neuroscience, Physics, Math, or another related field.
  • You must comply with the Marie Curie Actions mobility rule: the researcher must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the beneficiary (in this case: the Netherlands) for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before their appointment.
  • Prior experience in cognitive neuroscience is strongly preferred.
  • Previous experience with computer programming, or other quantitative experience, is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with visual psychophysics, neuroimaging, computational modelling, and data analysis is advantageous.

Women and other underrepresented groups are explicitly encouraged to apply. Additional financial support for researchers with families is available. Relocation expenses for moving to the Netherlands will be covered.

4. We are

The Donders Institute in Nijmegen, Netherlands, is a friendly, collaborative environment, and home to many outstanding researchers from all over the world. The internationally renowned institute currently hosts more than 600 PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers from more than 45 countries, offering a stimulating, multidisciplinary and highly international research environment. Facilities include high-field 3T and 7T research-dedicated MRI scanners, a 275-channel MEG system, several (MR-compatible) EEG systems, fully equipped behavioural labs, and high-performance computational facilities. The working language of the Donders Institute is English.

5. We offer

  • We will give you a temporary employment contract (1.0 FTE) of 1,5 years, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, your contract will be extended by 2.5 years (4-year contract).     
  • You will receive a starting salary of €2,770 gross per month based on a 38-hour working week, which will increase to €3,539 in the fourth year (salary scale P).
  • You will receive an 8% holiday allowance and an 8,3% end-of-year bonus. 
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Support Service. The Dual Career Programme assists your partner via support, tools, and resources to improve their chances of independently finding employment in the Netherlands. Our Family Support Service helps you and your partner feel welcome and at home by providing customised assistance in navigating local facilities, schools, and amenities. Also take a look at our support for international staff page to discover all our services for international employees.
  • You will receive extra days off. With full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the statutory 20. 

6. Practical information and applying

Address your letter of application to Dr Janneke Jehee. To apply, send a letter of motivation, CV, academic transcripts and three letters of recommendation, as further detailed in the application form.

There will be several rounds of interviews. Interview dates will be determined in consultation with shortlisted candidates. You will preferably start your employment as soon as possible.

We can imagine you're curious about our application procedure. It describes what you can expect during the application procedure and how we handle your personal data and internal and external candidates. Relocation expenses for moving to the Netherlands will be covered.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full-time/Part-time
First day of employment 01-10-2024
Salary Promovendus
  • € 2770 - € 3539
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 1,0
City Nijmegen
County Gelderland
Country Netherlands
Reference number 30.004.24
  • Janneke Jehee, janneke.jehee@donders.ru.nl
Published 17.Apr.2024
Last application date 15.May.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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