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Tenure Track Position “Neuropsychology of Language and Language Disorders” (Nijmegen)

Tenure Track Position “Neuropsychology of Language and Language Disorders”

Application deadline: 17 May 2015

Responsibilities

The research consortium Language in Interaction invites applications for a tenure track position, offered with a view to long-term embedding of neuropsychological research in a clinical setting, and enhancement of collaborative research in the field of language-related disorders.

The specific focus of the position is on the neuropsychology of language, bridging gaps at the clinical /non-clinical intersection (e.g. language-related disorders). This integration can be achieved using a varied set of methods, such as behavioural experimentation, functional neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG, MEG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and formal computational modelling of language processes.

You will head an independent research group to be established to promote the interaction between clinical and pre-clinical researchers. You will be expected to conduct research in one or more research areas relevant to the position. Supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD projects will be part of your responsibilities. Administrative duties will include local and/or national committee memberships. With a view to continuation, the position may be expanded to include teaching and clinical work. You will be provided with budgetary resources, a PhD student or technician, materials and consumables.

Work environment

The Netherlands has an outstanding track record in the language sciences. The Language in Interaction consortium, sponsored by a Gravitation grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific research (NWO), brings together many of the excellent research groups in the Netherlands in a research programme on the foundations of language. Excellence in the domain of language and related relevant fields of cognition is combined with state-of-the-art research facilities and a research team with ample experience in complex research methods and utilization.

This position is equally shared by two research centres within Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University and RadboudUMC. The Donders Institute is a world-class research centre devoted to understanding the mechanistic underpinnings of human cognition and behaviour. The institute conducts research in an international setting with more than 600 researchers from 35 countries. English is the lingua franca. In 2013, the Donders Institute was assessed by an international evaluation committee as excellent and recognized as a ‘very stimulating environment for top researchers, as well as for young talent’.

What we expect from you

You should be a creative and talented researcher, a strong experimenter in the neuropsychology of language, and have a clinical background and experience with patient studies.

Other requirements are:

− a PhD degree in a field relevant to the position concerned;
− an established international reputation;
− strong track record of peer-reviewed international publications;
− experience with successfully applying for external funding;
− experience with (co-)supervision of PhD students;
− management skills required for academic leadership.

 What we have to offer

– full time position
– a maximum gross monthly salary of € 5,171 based on a 38-hour working week; starting salary depends on qualifications and experience;
– you will be appointed for a period of 48 months;  after 4 years, a permanent position will be offered if your performance is evaluated positively.

 Are you interested?

Check this link for more information on this job offer and how to apply:

http://www.ru.nl/newstaff/vacaturebeschrijving?recid=554020

Two PhD positions: “Computational and Neurobiological Foundations of Interval Timing” (Groningen)

Two PhD positions: “Computational and Neurobiological Foundations of Interval Timing” (Groningen)

Applications are invited from highly motivated candidates for two fully funded/salaried PhD positions to participate in a newly funded multi-partner European project. TIMESTORM promotes time perception as a fundamental capacity of autonomous biological and computational systems. The project aims to explore time as a fundamental and integral dimension of the mind, and to design and develop artificial computational systems that implement the fundamental temporal nature of cognition and behavior. The available positions, in the group of dr. Van Rijn at the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Groningen, will involve cognitive neuroscience research and computational modeling on the neurobiological basis of time perception.

The ideal candidates for these positions will have a strong interest in the neuroscience of temporal cognition, and have the ambition to unravel how the sense of time is instantiated in the brain and to explain how time influences behavior by means of computational models. The successful applicants will have acquired the skills to independently run studies in human cognitive neuroscience, and have experience in the analysis (preferably in MATLAB and/or R) and presentation of experimental research. Applicants must have (or obtain in the near future) a Master degree in a relevant neuroscience- or artificial-intelligence related discipline. Excellent proficiency in English, especially in writing, is required. The project team at the University of Groningen that supports the PhD candidate consists of scientists from different departments (dr. Van Rijn, Experimental Psychology; prof. dr. Niels Taatgen, Artificial Intelligence; prof. dr. Ritske de Jong, Experimental Psychology), with additional support provided by the international TIMESTORM partners (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology; Imperial College London; Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science at the University of Sussex; Université Blaise Pascal Clermont-Ferrand; FORTH, Crete). English is the working language within the research group.

For more information, see https://www.academictransfer.com/employer/RUG/vacancy/26747/lang/en/ or contact dr. Hedderik van Rijn: d.h.van.rijn@rug.nl

 

PhD position “Staying Mobile with Reduced Capabilities” (University of Groningen)

Background
 This PhD project focuses on a topic of high societal relevance; staying mobile in the aged population. With increasing age, the integrity of cognitive functions is not self-evident because of biological and functional alterations in the ageing brain. Also pathologies affecting the brain and/or brain functions occur more frequently in the elderly population. These changes can have major consequences for maintaining mobility in the older individuals. The PhD position is concerned with different facets of psychology, both at theoretical and applied level, as this project is part of a research collaboration between the department of Experimental Psychology and the department of Clinical Neuropsychology and Traffic Psychology. These departments have a tradition of investigating the nature of cognitive processes, and this research is applied to assess and enhance task performance in normal and special populations. Moreover, the core aspects of this PhD project are connected to Healthy Ageing and Sustainable Society, two research spearheads of the University of Groningen.
Requirements
We are looking for a highly motivated, creative and enthusiastic researcher, holding a diploma equivalent to the (Dutch) master diploma in neuropsychology, neurobiology, experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience or a related discipline. The candidate designs experiments, analyses data and prepares results for publication. He/she stays abreast of developments in his/her scientific discipline by keeping up with the scientific literature in the field and visiting scientific meetings. Prior experience in scientific research is therefore a requirement, as is a strong affinity with healthy ageing and sustainability of society. Excellent knowledge of research design and statistical skills is essential. The candidate writes in English at a standard required for scientific publication and has a fluency in spoken Dutch. The candidate has the ability to work in a diverse research team and has a willingness to take initiative.
For more information, see AcademicTransfer or contact dr. Dick de Waard (d.de.waard@rug.nl) or prof. dr. Monicque Lorist (m.m.lorist@rug.nl)

PhD position in the Dutch Research Consortium ‘Language in Interaction’ (1 FTE)

Maximum salary: € 2,664 gross/month
Application deadline: 1 February 2015
For more information click here 

The NWO Gravitation consortium ‘Language in Interaction’ invites applications for a PhD position on “Processing Vague Expressions: The Interplay between Semantics, Pragmatics and Cognition”.

A vague term like ‘big’ can be easily used and processed when there is a clear gap between bigger and smaller objects. We will test the hypothesis that a gap in distribution is the default criterion used in the processing of vague words in classificatory tasks, but that other criteria might also come into play. We will also test whether a similar default exists for the processing of quantity expressions such as ‘most’ (use the approximate number system if there is a gap, and precise counting otherwise). The ultimate goal is a unified theory of the processing of vague expressions.

The Netherlands has an outstanding track record in the language sciences. The research consortium ‘Language in Interaction’, sponsored by a large grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific research (NWO) brings together many of the excellent research groups in the Netherlands with a research programme on the foundations of language. The consortium includes representatives from seven universities and one research institute in the Netherlands. These are: Radboud University (RU), University of Amsterdam (UvA), University of Maastricht (UM), Leiden University (LU), Utrecht University (UU), Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Tilburg University (TiU), and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI). Excellence in the domain of language and related relevant fields of cognition is combined with state-of-the-art research facilities and a research team with ample experience in complex research methods and utilization. This consortium achieves both quality and critical mass for studying human language at a scale not easily found anywhere else in the world.

This project will involve collaborative work to be carried out at the Institute of Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam (Prof. Van Rooij) and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at Radboud University (Prof. H. Schriefers). The position will be embedded in the ILLC.
Both institutes conduct research in an international setting. English is the lingua franca.

Click here for more information on the Junior PI position and how to apply.

 

Junior PI Position ‘Neuroanatomy of Language’ in Dutch Research Consortium ‘Language in Interaction’ (1 FTE)

Maximum salary: € 5,070 gross/month
Closing date: 01 February 2015
Click here for more information.

The NWO Gravitation consortium ‘Language in Interaction’ invites applications for a junior PI position.
We are looking for a highly motivated, creative and talented researcher who is able to establish a junior PI group on ‘the neuroanatomy of language’. The junior PI and his/her group will enrich a unique consortium of researchers that aims to unravel the neurocognitive mechanisms of language at multiple levels. The goal is to understand both the universality and the variability of the human language faculty from genes to behaviour.
You will be given the opportunity to establish your own independent research group, and you will have free access to the Donders Institute’s scanning facilities. You will be expected to conduct research in one or more research areas relevant to the position applied for. Supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD projects will be part of your responsibilities. Administrative duties will include local and/or national and international committee memberships. You will be provided with budgetary resources for a PhD candidate or technician, materials and consumables.

The Netherlands has an outstanding track record in the language sciences. The research consortium ‘Language in Interaction’, sponsored by a large grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific research (NWO) brings together many of the excellent research groups in the Netherlands with a research programme on the foundations of language. The consortium includes representatives from seven universities and one research institute in the Netherlands. These are Radboud University (RU), University of Amsterdam (UvA), University of Maastricht (UM), Leiden University (LU), Utrecht University (UU), Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Tilburg University (TiU), and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI). Excellence in the domain of language and related relevant fields of cognition is combined with state-of-the-art research facilities and a research team with ample experience in complex research methods and utilization. This consortium achieves both quality and critical mass for studying human language at a scale not easily found anywhere else in the world.

The position will be embedded in the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at Radboud University and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. Both institutes conduct research in an international setting. English is the lingua franca.

Click here for more information on the Junior PI position and how to apply.

Postdoc position in Cognitive Neuroscience (Leiden University)

Postdoc position in Cognitive Neuroscience Closing date: 24 November 2014

For more information: http://www.sandernieuwenhuis.nl/pdfs/JobAdPostdocPosition.pdf

Research Project “Arousal, neural gain and cognitive function” Arousal has a wide variety of effects on human attention and performance, as documented in a rich empirical literature that was developed mainly before the 1980s. The computational and neural mechanisms underlying these effects, however, are still poorly understood. The goal of the present project is to revisit this literature and try to understand the relationships between arousal and cognition by applying recent computational models and insights about the role of neuromodulator systems in cognitive function (e.g., models of the noradrenergic modulation of neural gain). The newly developed ideas can then be tested using various methods, including EEG, genetics, psychopharmacology, and pupillometry. Although much of the research will be focused on the brain, the main goal is to understand the basic mechanisms underlying the influence of arousal on cognitive function.

Seven PhD Positions in the Dutch Research Consortium ‘Language in Interaction’

Maximum salary: € 2,664 gross/month
Closing date: 30 September 2014
For more information:
http://www.languageininteraction.nl/jobs/id-2nd-phd-call-general.html

We are looking for highly motivated PhD candidates to enrich a unique consortium of researchers that aims to unravel the neurocognitive mechanisms of language at multiple levels. The goal is to understand both the universality and the variability of the human language faculty from genes to behaviour.

The Netherlands has an outstanding track record in the language sciences. This research consortium sponsored by a large grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific research (NWO) brings together many of the excellent research groups in the Netherlands with a research programme on the foundations of language. The research team consists of 43 Principal Investigators. In addition to the excellence in the domain of language and related relevant fields of cognition, our consortium provides state-of-the-art research facilities and a research team with ample experience in the complex research methods that will be invoked to address the scientific questions at the highest level of methodological sophistication. These include methods from genetics, neuroimaging, computational modelling, and patient-related research. This consortium realizes both quality and critical mass for studying human language at a scale not easily found anywhere else.

Currently, the consortium advertises seven PhD positions for a period of 4 years. Depending on the PhD position applied for, candidates will be appointed at one of the home institutions of the consortium. These positions provide the opportunity for conducting world-class research as a member of an interdisciplinary team.

Click here for more information on the PhD positions and how to apply.

Three Tenure Track Positions – Dutch Research Consortium “Language in Interaction”

For more information click here.

The Dutch NWO Gravitation consortium “Language in Interaction” invites applications for three tenure track positions. These positions are offered with a view to long-term embedding of interdisciplinary language research.
Successful candidates will be given the opportunity to establish their own independent research group. You will be expected to conduct research in one or more research areas relevant to the position applied for. Supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD projects will be part of your responsibilities. Administrative duties will include local and/or national committee memberships. Some contribution to teaching will be appreciated. You will be provided with budgetary resources, a PhD student or technician, materials and consumables.

The Netherlands has an outstanding track record in the language sciences. The Language in Interaction consortium brings together many of the excellent research groups in the Netherlands in a research programme on the foundations of language.

Depending on the tenure track position applied for, the successful candidate will be appointed at one of the following partner institutes:

1) Radboud University Nijmegen & RadboudUMC – Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour

2) Radboud University Nijmegen – Centre for Language Studies

3) University of Amsterdam – Institute for Logic, Language and Computation.
All these institutions conduct research in an international setting. English is the lingua franca.

We are looking for highly motivated, creative and talented researchers with a strong research profile. Each tenure track position has its own requirements and profile.

General requirements for the tenure track positions are:
− a PhD degree in a field relevant to the position concerned;
− an established international reputation;
− strong track record of peer-reviewed international publications;
− experience with successfully applying for external funding;
− experience with (co-)supervision of PhD students;
− management skills required for academic leadership;
– outstanding teaching skills, teaching experience, and a clear vision on teaching.

More information on the three tenure track positions offered and how to apply can be found here.

Job offer, PhD position Healthy Ageing at Work (Groningen)

Promovendus Healthy ageing at work (1,0 fte) (214116)

Organisatie

De Faculteit Gedrags- en Maatschappijwetenschappen doet onderzoek dat de mens centraal stelt. De vragen betreffen de mens als individu, de onderlinge relaties van mensen en de samenleving als geheel. Er is zowel aandacht voor het normale functioneren van mensen als voor problemen van mensen of groepen en de wijze waarop deze problemen kunnen worden opgelost of voorkomen.

De RUG en het UMCG zijn samen met een aantal noordelijke bedrijven en andere kennisinstellingen gestart met het onderzoeksprogramma SPRINT@Work. Binnen dit programma worden producten ontwikkeld en getest met als doel om de arbeidspopulatie, en met name de oudere werknemer, in Noord-Nederland langer, gezonder en productiever te laten (door)werken. Hierbij wordt gebruik gemaakt van de aanwezige kennis op het gebied van biomedische technologie, zorg- en fitnesstechnologie, multi-media toepassingen, gaming, sensortechnologie en monitoring. Deze combinatie opent een wereld aan nieuwe mogelijkheden om innovatieve technieken te ontwikkelen en bovenal deze technieken succesvol toe te passen om zo een gezonde werkplek te realiseren voor oudere werknemers. SPRINT@Work zal ook leiden tot economische ontwikkeling omdat bedrijven die de innovatieve technieken leveren hun positie op de Europese en mondiale groeimarkt aanzienlijk zullen versterken.

Functieomschrijving

Het programma biedt in totaal plaats aan vier promovendi, waarvan een promovendus wordt aangesteld bij de afdeling Experimentele Psychologie van de RUG. Uw taken als onderzoeker zijn o.a. het voorbereiden en uitvoeren van wetenschappelijk onderzoek, en het analyseren van de gegevens, het schrijven van wetenschappelijke tijdschriftartikelen met een academisch proefschrift als einddoel.

Functie-eisen

U hebt aantoonbare ervaring met experimenteel onderzoek en het meten van psychofysiologische maten (o.a. EEG/EMG). U kunt programmeren in MATLAB of bent bereid en in staat u zich dit in korte tijd eigen te maken. U bezit bovendien een sterke motivatie om wetenschappelijk onderzoek te doen, een zelfstandige onderzoeksinstelling en u kunt goed samenwerken. U heeft een masterdiploma (Experimentele/Cognitieve) Psychologie of een gelijkwaardige, en voor dit project relevante, wetenschappelijke opleiding. U heeft goede studieprestaties, blijkend uit uw studiepakket en cijferlijst. U kunt zowel mondeling als schriftelijk gemakkelijk communiceren in het Nederlands en in het Engels. In dit project moet veel overlegd en afgestemd worden met cliënten, praktijkmensen, onderzoekers en studenten. Het is daarom belangrijk dat u ook goed kunt plannen en samenwerken.

Arbeidsvoorwaarden

De Rijksuniversiteit Groningen biedt een salaris van minimaal € 2083,- bruto per maand in het eerste jaar tot maximaal € 2664,- bruto per maand in het laatste aanstellingsjaar bij volledige werktijd. Het betreft een tijdelijke aanstelling voor een periode van in totaal vier jaar die dient te worden afgesloten met een individuele dissertatie. U krijgt eerst een tijdelijke aanstelling van 18 maanden. Na een beoordeling en bij gebleken geschiktheid wordt de aanstelling verlengd voor het resterende deel van het project.

Sollicitatie
U kunt solliciteren door middel van uw sollicitatiebrief voorzien van curriculum vitae en cijferlijst te sturen voor 18.04.2014 uitsluitend aan de hand van het sollicitatieformulier.

De sollicitatiegesprekken vinden plaats op 6 mei 2014.

Acquisitie wordt niet op prijs gesteld.

Informatie

Voor informatie kunt u contact opnemen met:

Prof.dr. M. M. (Monicque) Lorist, 050-3636376,  M.M.Lorist@rug.nl