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PhD Candidate in Neuroinformatics

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    Radboud University
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    13/02/2021 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › Nijmegen


A PhD candidate for a project which provides a great opportunity to gain expertise in both experimental and computational neuroscience. You will study Reinforcement Learning (RL) processes in animal models using experimental and computational approaches. They will establish a mathematical model for RL behaviour in mice, identify neural correlates for value-related parameters in the model using in vivo high-density electrophysiology, manipulate the neural correlates, and measure corresponding changes in RL-guided behaviour. The overall aim of the project is to investigate the neural mechanism by which value signals guide decision making. This will inform state-of-the-art deep learning approaches and shed light on novel interventions for psychiatric diseases. Guided and supported by our supervisory team, you will design and perform experiments in mice, analyse data, conduct computational modelling, and prepare manuscripts. You will also have the opportunity to write grants, peer-review journal articles, and contribute to teaching and event organization.

More Information


  • Employment: 0.8 FTE (5 year contract) - 1.0 FTE (4 year contract).
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,395 per month based on a 38-hour working week, and will increase to €3,061 from the fourth year onwards (salary scale P).
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: 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 (4 year contract) or 3.5 years (5 year contract).
  • Your education task may be up to 10% of your appointment.
  • The intended start date is 1 April 2021.
  • 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.
  • Have a look at our excellent employment conditions. They include a good work-life balance (among other things because of the excellent leave arrangements), opportunities for development and a great pension scheme.

Selection process

Please address your application to prof. dr. Paul Tiesinga and submit it, using the application button, no later than 12 February 2021, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.

Your application should include the following attachments:

  • Letter of motivation.
  • CV.

Interviews are planned on Tuesday 23 February and Wednesday 24 February.

Candidates who meet our expectations will be invited to an interview.

Additional comments

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Prof. dr. Paul Tiesinga, Professor
Email: p.tiesinga@science.ru.nl

Dr. Liya Ma, Assistant Professor
Email: l.ma@donders.ru.nl

Web site for additional job details

Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

  • A dedicated, reliable, detail-oriented, and well-organised team player.
  • Experience in animal behaviour preferred.
  • Experience in electrophysiology preferred.
  • Experience with MATLAB or Python preferred.
  • Good communication and writing skills in English.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Radboud University
6525 XZ
Houtlaan 4

EURAXESS offer ID: 592973
Posting organisation offer ID: 296962


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