Netherlands: PhD Candidate in Visual Computation at Radboud University Nijmegen (RU Nijmegen)

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The Visual Computation group at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour has funding available for a PhD candidate to work on studies of visual perception.
Our group is interested in the neural basis of visual perception, perceptual learning and top-down attention. Research methods include functional brain imaging (fMRI), pattern-based techniques for analysing fMRI data, computational neural network modelling, and other techniques.

Requirements:

As a candidate for this position you should have a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in neuroscience, computer science, psychology, math, or related fields. Previous experience with computer programming, or other quantitative experience, is highly preferred. Experience with visual psychophysics, fMRI, cognitive research, eye-tracking, and/or data analysis is a plus.
Proficiency in oral and written English is required for this position. Candidates must comply with the Marie Curie Actions rule for mobility, which holds that they spent no more than 12 months of the past 3 years in the Netherlands.

Conditions of employment:

– you will be appointed 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;
– you will be classified as PhD student (promovendus) in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO).
– the starting salary is €2,083 per month and will increase to €2,664 per month in the fourth year;
Please submit an application letter defining your research interests, a CV, transcripts, and the names of three persons who can provide references. Starting date: to be agreed with the candidate.

Contract type: Temporary,

OrganisationRadboud University Nijmegen

Strategically located in Europe, Radboud University Nijmegen is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. A place with a personal touch, where top-flight education and research take place on a beautiful green campus in modern buildings with state-of-art facilities.
DepartmentDonders Institute, Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging

The Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour consists of the Centre for Cognition, the Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging and the Centre for Neuroscience.

The mission of the Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging 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 working brain – an area in which the centre plays a leading role. The research themes cover central cognitive functions, such as perception, action, control, 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. The internationally renowned centre currently hosts more than 100 PhD students and post-docs from more than 20 countries, offering a stimulating and multidisciplinary research environment. The centre is equipped with four MRI scanners (7T, 3T, 3T, 1.5T), a 275-channel MEG system, an EEG-TMS laboratory, several (MR-compatible) EEG systems, and high-performance computational facilities. English is the lingua franca at the centre. The successful candidate will work within the Visual Computation group.
No commercial propositions please.

Additional information:

Dr. Janneke Jehee
+31 243610879
janneke.jehee(at)donders.ru.nl

www.ru.nl/donders;www.ru.nl/donders/research/theme-2-perception/visual-computation/

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