PhD position in developmental neuroimaging

Publication date
28 November 2017

Level of education
Master’s degree

Salary indication
€2,222 to €2,840 gross per month

Closing date
15 December 2017

38 hours per week

Vacancy number

Het programma NeurolabNL: Optimale condities voor leren en veiligheid van jongeren maakt gebruik van kennis over gedrag en hersenen om beter te begrijpen hoe jongeren nieuwe kennis en vaardigheden leren, omgaan met uitdagingen in de maatschappij en hoe ze zich optimaal kunnen ontwikkelen. Binnen dit programma werken onderzoekers van 10 universiteiten samen met maatschappelijk en kenniscoalitiepartners TNO, HBO en WODC, om deze vragen zo goed mogelijk te beantwoorden. Met de OCW-Startimpuls-subsidie financieren we 8 postdoc-posities en 3 AIO-posities aan de Universiteit Leiden, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, VUMC, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Universiteit Utrecht, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, de Open Universiteit, Tilburg University, Universiteit Groningen, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Universiteit Twente en Universiteit van Maastricht. De startdatum is 1 januari 2018.

Project description
In this project you will investigate how the willingness to invest effort affects reinforcement learning. You will do so in a set of behavioural and fMRI studies in which you investigate the effects of 1) age (children, adolescents, adults) and educational level; 2) state, e.g. the amount of sleep; and 3) motivation, e.g. by inducing a growth instead of fixed mindset or by inducing a sense of autonomy. An important aim of the project is to generate knowledge and tools that can be applied in educational practice.

Additional information:

  • The project is a cooperation between the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Lydia Krabbendam), Leiden University (Anna van Duijvenvoorde) and the University of Amsterdam (Hilde Huizenga);
  • the project is embedded in the psychology research institute. The Department of Psychology is internationally renowned for its high quality research, with #11 in the QS psychology world ranking, the highest of continental Europe;
  • the project consists of .875 fte research and .125 fte teaching. Teaching activities include supervision of bachelor and (research) master theses, which might yield publishable data;
  • we also have to offer a competitive pay and excellent benefits; a very friendly, interactive and international working environment and an office located in the city centre of one of Europe’s most beautiful and lively cities.

The candidate should:
• have completed a research master (or expected graduation within 3 months) with a focus on neuroimaging, developmental or educational research;
• have excellent writing skills;
• be very well able to work in a team;
• have acquired sufficient Dutch oral proficiency by June 2018.
The following will count in favour of the candidate: experience with FSL; experience with effort discounting and/or reinforcement learning; experience with developmental populations.

Further information
• Prof. Hilde Huizenga
T: +31 (0)20 525 6826
• Prof. Lydia Krabbendam
T: +31 (0)20 525 3606
• Dr Anna van Duijvenvoorde
T: +31 (0)71 527 3853

The full-time appointment will be for a period of 12 months plus a further 36 months contingent on a satisfactory performance during the first year.
The gross monthly salary will range from €2,222 in the first year to €2,840 in the final year, based on a full-time position of 38 hours per week. The annual salary will be increased by 8 % holiday allowance and a 8,3 % end-of-year bonus, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Job application
Applicants should submit a letter of interest that addresses qualifications, a current resume and a list of grades. You may send your application (with job number 17-598) to #LI-DNP
the first round of interviews will be held on Thursday 21 December 2017.

No agencies please

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