New PhD position available in developmental neuroimaging – Neurolab NL

New PhD position in developmental neuroimaging – Neurolab NL

The project is financed by an OCW-Startimpuls grant and is part of the new NWA program NeurolabNL: Optimal conditions for learning and safety of youth. The goal of this program is to utilize knowledge on behavior and neurology to understand how youth obtain knowledge, learn skills, deal with challenges in society, and how they can develop optimally. In total, 8 post doc positions and 3 PhD students will be recruited for this program. The program is based on a collaboration between 10 universities and scientific partners, to create optimal conditions to answer these questions.

Project description PhD position

In this PhD project you will investigate how the willingness to invest effort affects reinforcement learning. You will do so in a set of behavioural and fMRI studies in which you investigate the effects of 1) age (children, adolescents, adults) and educational level; 2) state, e.g. the amount of sleep; and 3) motivation, e.g. by inducing a growth instead of fixed mindset or by inducing a sense of autonomy. An important aim of the project is to generate knowledge and tools that can be applied in educational practice.

Additional information:

  • The project is a cooperation between the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Lydia Krabbendam), Leiden University (Anna van Duijvenvoorde) and the University of Amsterdam (Hilde Huizenga);
  • The project is embedded in the psychology research institute of the University of Amsterdam. The Department of Psychologyis internationally renowned for its high quality research, with #11 in the QS psychology world ranking, the highest of continental Europe;
  • The project consists of .875 fte research and .125 fte teaching. Teaching activities include supervision of bachelor and (research) master theses, which might yield publishable data;
  • We also have to offer a competitive pay and excellent benefits; a very friendly, interactive and international working environment and an office located in the city centre of one of Europe’s most beautiful and lively cities.

Requirements

The candidate should:

  • Have completed a research master (or expected graduation within 3 months) with a focus on neuroimaging, developmental or educational research;
  • Have excellent writing skills;
  • Be very well able to work in a team;
  • Have acquired sufficient Dutch oral proficiency by June 2018.

The following will count in favour of the candidate: experience with FSL; experience with effort discounting and/or reinforcement learning; experience with developmental populations.

Further information

Appointment

The full-time appointment will be for a period of 12 months plus a further 36 months contingent on a satisfactory performance during the first year.

The gross monthly salary will range from €2,222 in the first year to €2,840 in the final year, based on a full-time position of 38 hours per week. The annual salary will be increased by 8 % holiday allowance and a 8,3 % end-of-year bonus, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Job application

Applicants should submit a letter of interest that addresses qualifications, a current resume and a list of grades. You may send your application (with job number 17-598) to opsecretariaat-fmg@uva.nl. #LI-DNP

The first round of interviews will be held on Thursday 21 December 2017.
The preferred starting date is 1 January 2018

No agencies please

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