PhD candidate in systems neuroscience (nr. 2)

Faculty of Science – Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences

26 juni 2018
Master's degree
€2,222 to €2,840 gross per month
15 juli 2018
38 hours per week

The Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS)  is one of the largest institutes of the Faculty of Science. Our approximately 240 scientists and staff members work in 16 research groups that perform excellent research centered on three themes:

  1. Cell & Systems Biology
  2. Neurosciences, and
  3. Molecular Life Sciences.

The research group Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience is looking for a PhD candidate in the field of systems neuroscience, bridging the gap between neurophysiology and human cognition. This is a collaborative project between SILS and the Psychology Research Institute at the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Project description

Project 'Sensory processing during sleep: a key to memory manipulation'

The PhD student will be employed on a collaborative project between Dr Lucia Talamini (Sleep and Memory Lab, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, UvA) and Dr Umberto Olcese (Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience Group, Faculty of Science, UvA). During sleep the brain retains a lingering receptiveness to sensory stimuli, which can influence sleep-related information processing. However, not much is known about the underlying processes. This project will investigate, using in vivo multi-area electrophysiology, how sensory stimuli are processed across wakefulness and sleep. In parallel experiments in humans, we will develop new strategies to actively manipulate sleep-dependent memory processing and consolidation.


You should have a Master's degree in experimental neuroscience or a related field. Affinity and/or experience in experimental methods for systems neuroscience are a prerequisite. Preferably you have strong programming skills (especially in MATLAB) and experience in developing and applying methods for signal processing and neural data analysis. Experience with human EEG is a plus. A certificate for working with laboratory animals (under Dutch legislation) will be an important asset for this position. You will also participate in educational activities at the bachelor and/or master levels.

Further information

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The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of 4 years (initial appointment will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it can be extended to a total duration of 4 years) and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan, including attendance of courses and (international) meetings. You are also expected to assist in teaching of undergraduate students.

Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from €2,222 in the first year to €2,840- in the last year. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable. There are also secondary benefits, such as an 8% holiday allowance per year and an end of year allowance of 8.3%.

Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

Applications may only be submitted by using the link below.

Your application must include a curriculum vitae including contact addresses of 2 academic references and a  letter of motivation. Please combine these documents in one single attachment.

We will accept applications until 15 July 2018.

Interviews will take place from the second half of August. #LI-DNP

No agencies please

Gepubliceerd door  Universiteit van Amsterdam