[Comp-neuro] PhD position in computational neuroscience at the University of Amsterdam (deadline June 6)

Jorge Mejias jorge.f.mejias at gmail.com
Mon May 20 21:55:14 CEST 2019

Dear all,

A PhD position in computational neuroscience is available at the Cognitive
and Systems Neuroscience Group at the Swammerdam Institute for Life
Sciences, University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands).

The main objective of the project is to investigate the neural mechanisms
of multisensory perception and sensory predictions, within the context of a
novel theoretical framework of perception and consciousness that is being
developed in the Group. These neural mechanisms will be investigated using
theoretical and computational approaches based on both biophysically
detailed models of corticothalamic circuits and neural network models
trained with deep learning strategies. The research is partially funded by
the Human Brain Project and will benefit from collaborations with local
experimental teams and with other European research groups. The project
will be supervised by Jorge Mejias (leader of the Computational
Neuroscience Team) and Cyriel Pennartz (head of the Cognitive and Systems
Neuroscience Group).

We are seeking a highly qualified and motivated candidate with a Master's
degree in neuroscience (with strongly developed quantitative skills) or in
a related field, including physics, mathematics, computer science, or
biomedical engineering. The candidate is expected to have a solid
mathematical background (calculus, differential equations, dynamical
systems) and strong programming skills (MATLAB, Python). Knowledge in
methods of computational neuroscience and deep learning is a plus. English
is the official language of the lab, therefore good English communication
skills are expected.

We offer a full-time appointment for a maximum period of four years (18
months plus a further 30 months after a positive performance evaluation)
and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). An educational plan will be
drafted that includes attendance to courses and (international) meetings.
The gross monthly salary will range from €2,325 in the first year to €2,972
in the final year, according to the Dutch salary scale for PhD candidates.
Additional benefits include a holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus
(8% and 8.3% of the gross annual salary, respectively) and generous
vacation, pension and social security conditions in accordance with the
Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities. Candidates coming from
abroad might also be eligible for highly attractive tax benefits.

The lab is located in the state-of-the art facilities of the Science Park
at the University of Amsterdam, with good communications with other
academic facilities and research centers in the city. The University of
Amsterdam is one of the top research universities in Europe, with a strong
focus on the research area of brain and cognition. Amsterdam is one of the
most vibrant cities in Europe, with a rich historical and cultural heritage
that includes the UNESCO World Heritage city center and canals, dozens of
world-class museums and restaurants, and an exciting nightlife. The city
promotes a healthy lifestyle with plenty of outdoor life, parks and
recreational areas, an excellent bicycle path network, and an
expat-friendly environment.

The deadline for applications is June 6th, 2019. Applications may only be
submitted online by following the link below (where additional information
is also provided):


Your application must include a CV (including contact details of two
academic references) and a letter of motivation. Please combine these
documents in one single attachment and also mention the months (not just
years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience. To
enable us to process your application immediately, please quote vacancy
number 19-292 and the position you are applying for.

For informal inquiries, you may contact Dr. Jorge Mejias (j.f.mejias at
uva.nl) of Prof. Cyriel Pennartz (C.M.A.Pennartz at uva.nl).

Kind regards,

Jorge F. Mejias, PhD
Assistant Professor of Computational Neuroscience
Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience Group
Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences
Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Jorge F. Mejias, PhD
Assistant Professor
Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience
Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences
University of Amsterdam, 1098XH Amsterdam
The Netherlands
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