Postdoctoral Researcher in Sensorimotor Psychophysics
Radboud University Faculty of Science
Netherlands

Postdoctoral Researcher in Sensorimotor Psychophysics

  • 32 - 40 hours per week
  • Maximum gross monthly salary: € 4,274
  • Faculty of Science
  • Job level: PhD
  • Duration of the contract: 2 years
  • Application deadline: 31 May 2020

We are looking for

Your research will involve studying the eye-head gaze-orienting control system in complex multisensory re-orienting sensorimotor tasks in healthy volunteers and sensory deprived patients. Your work will particularly focus on eye-head smooth-pursuit control strategies in response to moving sound sources in the two-dimensional frontal hemifield. Key words: computational modelling, optimal control, multisensory integration, moving sounds, vestibular stimulation.

 You will perform advanced psychophysical studies (recordings of 3D eye-head motor responses) with top-notch unique experimental equipment, and report on your research results in regular group meetings, and in high-impact scientific publications.

We ask

  • You will be selected on the basis of excellence, computational background, willingness and enthusiasm to engage in multidisciplinary research; possession of relevant academic background and training; strong academic references and/or prior publications.
  • You earned your PhD in Psychophysics, Biophysics, Neuroscience, Medical Biology, Bio-medical engineering, Computational Neuro-science, or a related field.
  • You are strongly motivated to conduct challenging interdisciplinary empirical and model-driven research.
  • Experience with computational modeling, machine learning, and quantitative data analysis is highly desirable.

We are

You will participate in the psychophysics subproject of the ORIENT research project, which is an ERC advanced grant project, awarded to Prof. John van Opstal by the EU Horizon 2020 programme. The ORIENT project also involves a collaboration with the Visual Robotics lab at the Instituto Técnico in Lisbon. ORIENT's overall mission is to understand the neural mechanisms of sensory processing and goal-directed motor control in complex multisensory environments, in health and disease.

Prof. John van Opstal's research group studies sensory-motor integration in an interdisciplinary setting with unique state-of-the-art methodologies in well-equipped research labs and advanced computational facilities. Research at the Department of Biophysics is embedded in the Donders Centre for Neuroscience at the Faculty of Science, which is part of the campus-wide Donders Institute (the largest research institute at Radboud University employing 600 FTEs). The Donders Institute has a dedicated Graduate School where PhDs and postdocs receive training in modern research and analysis techniques, and develop an academic and ethical attitude towards systems neuroscience applications. In this project you will have intensive contacts with the PhD and postdoctoral researcher currently working on the psychophysics subproject, Bachelor's and Master's interns from the Faculty, and our Lisbon colleagues.

Radboud University

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: 32 - 40 hours per week.
  • A maximum gross monthly salary of € 4.274 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale 10).
  • 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.
  • 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:
prof dr. John van Opstal, Professor
Tel.: +31 24 3614251
Email: j.vanopstal@donders.ru.nl

Apply directly

Please address your application to Prof dr. John van Opstal and submit it, using the application button, no later than 1 June 2020, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.   

Your application should include the following attachments:

  • Application letter in which you motivate your interest in this project.
  • CV that includes a list of relevant Bachelor and Master courses (with grades and credits) and (if applicable) your publications/invited talks and your PhD thesis.
  • Scanned copy PhD diploma.
  • Include in your application letter two references (with contact details) who can be approached for interview and recommendation letters.
If you are selected, a first interview over Skype will be planned. Please, ensure you have access to Skype and provide your Skype-ID.

We drafted this vacancy to find and hire our new colleague ourselves. Recruitment agencies are kindly requested to refrain from responding.


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