Postdoctoral Researcher in Visual Cognitive Neuroscience

Country: Netherlands;

City: Nijmegen

Vacancy added: 03.09.2019

Employer: Radboud University



  • 40 hours per week
  • Maximum gross monthly salary: € 4,978
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Job level: PhD
  • Duration of the contract: 2 years
  • Application deadline: 23 September 2019

We are looking for

A brief glance at a natural scene is often sufficient for understanding the gist of the scene and to detect multiple task-relevant objects as well. This ERC-funded project examines the neural basis of factors that make naturalistic vision so effortless, including statistical learning, object grouping, context-based predictions, and top-down attentional guidance.

As a researcher, you will be expected to take the lead in developing and performing neuroimaging experiments (fMRI, EEG, MEG, or TMS) addressing one of these factors, measuring and analyzing responses in high-level visual cortex during naturalistic visual perception.

We ask

You should hold a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, or a related field, and have relevant experience in visual perception research and a strong motivation to pursue a scientific career. Experience with fMRI, EEG/MEG, and/or TMS is highly desirable, as is experience with scientific programming (e.g. MATLAB, Python). You will work in a highly collaborative lab environment and you will be expected to participate actively in lab events, discussions, and research collaborations.

We are

The Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour is a world-class interfaculty research centre, which houses more than 600 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. Brain networks and neuronal communication. 

Excellent, state-of-the-art research facilities are available for the broad range of neuroscience research conducted at the Donders Institute. Recently, the Donders Institute was assessed by an international evaluation committee as excellent and recognised as a very stimulating environment for top researchers, as well as for young talents. The Donders Institute fosters a collaborative, multidisciplinary, supportive research environment with a diverse international staff. English is the lingua franca at the Institute. 

The Peelen lab is a collaborative and interdisciplinary lab that uses fMRI, EEG, MEG, TMS, computational modelling, and behavioural methods to study high-level visual perception and attention.

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 22,000 students and 5,000 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent and collaboration. You have a part to play!

We offer

  • Employment: 40 hours per week.
  • A maximum gross monthly salary of € 4,978 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale 11).
  • The exact salary depends on the candidate's qualifications and amount of relevant professional experience.
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: 2 years.
  • Start date is flexible.
  • You will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service: our Dual Career Officer will assist with family-related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation.
  • Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?

Would you like more information?

For more information about this vacancy, please contact: 
Marius Peelen, Principal Investigator 
Tel.: +31 24 361 15 62 

Apply directly

Please address your application to Marius Peelen and submit it, using the application button, no later than 23 September 2019, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone. 

Your application should include the following attachments:

  • Letter of motivation.
  • CV.

The first round of interviews will take place on Friday 4 October 2019.

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