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PhD Candidate in Neuroscience, Netherlands


We are searching for a PhD Candidate to work on a project entitled Midfrontal Cortex Theta Oscillations: Causes and Consequences. This project is funded by the European Research Council and is hosted by the Donders Centre for Neuroscience.
Theta-band oscillations (~6 Hz) in the medial prefrontal cortex are a signature of several important cognitive functions, including behaviour monitoring, action adjustments and feedback-driven learning. Although this consistent finding has emerged in several species including humans, monkeys, and rats, little is known about the microcircuits in the medial prefrontal cortex that generate theta oscillations and the role of those oscillations in the neural computations underlying cognitive control functions. In this project, we aim to gain more insight into these processes by employing biophysically-informed computational models to simulate the genesis and significance of midfrontal theta for coordinating local and long-range network dynamics. Empirical experiments in humans and rodents may be incorporated into the research in order to test/refine the models.

Work environment

The Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour consists of three research centres: the Centre for Cognition, the Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging and the Centre for Neuroscience. The Donders Institute focuses on state-of-the-art cognitive neuroscience, in a multidisciplinary approach, and offers excellent lab and neuroimaging facilities. The Neuroinformatics department, which is part of the Faculty of Science of Radboud University, has four research themes. First, using models to understand processing of sensory information in the brain, and the modulation thereof by cognitive factors, at the level of networks of spiking neurons. Second, to develop methods to analyse multivariate data recorded from the brain in order to quantify communication between cortical networks. Third, to test theoretical hypotheses at the cortical microcircuit level by recording from cultures and brain networks in vivo and to determine the mechanism. Fourth, to use neuroimaging techniques to determine the mechanisms for cognitive processes such as memory and language and connect these to genetic analyses.
The Donders Institute is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and as such encourages applications from women and minorities. Radboud University offers a parental leave scheme and day care.

What we expect from you

  • MSc degree in computational neuroscience or a related area;
  • hands-on experience with computational models (e.g. in NEURON or Brain environments);
  • experience with programming and data analysis in Matlab;
  • experience with electrophysiology in small animals or humans is considered a plus;
  • a proactive attitude, good communication skills, and the ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team.

What we have to offer

  • employment: 1,0 fte;
  • in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • the gross starting salary amounts to €2,125 per month, and will increase to €2,717 in the fourth year;
  • duration of the contract: 4 years;
  • your performance will be evaluated after 18 months. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years;
  • you will be classified as a PhD Candidate (promovendus) in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO)

Further Information

Application Deadline : 31 August 2015

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