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PhD student vacancy

PhD student vacancy

21 June 2017

The Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging in Amsterdam has a position available for a 

PhD student

Full time (38 hours/week)

to develop innovative imaging methods to investigate the functioning of the healthy human brain.

Current neuroimaging relies widely on BOLD contrast in gradient echo EPI, which is highly sensitive but
has a limited spatial specificity. While other imaging approaches, e.g. VASO, SE-EPI, GRASE, SSFP,
have been shown to be more spatially specific, they typically suffer from poorer contrast to noise ratios.
At ultra-high field these methods become much more promising. The PhD student will develop, extend
and validate these methods for use in neuroscientific studies.

The ideal candidate will hold an MSc or equivalent degree in Physics, Biomedical engineering or related
field. Skills in mathematics, scientific computing and programming are essential. Knowledge of
NMR/MRI physics is highly desirable. The position is ideal for those seeking opportunities to contribute
to neuroscience in human subjects.

Spinoza Centre
The Spinoza Centre (SC) for Neuroimaging is a unique initiative by the Amsterdam neuroscience and
cognition community to strengthen its infrastructural base and to serve its frontline research from the
University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Medical Center, VU university, VU university medical center and
the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience. SC aims to provide deep and mechanistic insights into brain function in health and disease by focussing on the mesoscopic organisation scale that bridges the microscopic (cellular) and macroscopic (brain area) organisation scales of the human brain. SC has a unique focus on and bridging function between cognitive neuroscience, i.e. the neural mechanisms underlying human cognition and behaviour, and clinical neuroscience, i.e. the neural mechanisms underlying diseases and disorders of the human brain. The SC offers a resourceful and stimulating scientific environment. The SC houses 3T and 7T whole-body Philips scanners that are fully dedicated to research.

You will be appointed by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). The appointment is in total for 4 years. Initially, the candidate will be appointed for one year followed by an evaluation after which the contracted is extended for another 3 years.

Gross monthly salaries are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU), increasing from € 2222 per month initially, to € 2840 in the fourth year) excluding 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% year-end bonus.

The Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging is located next to the Netherlands Institute of Neuroscience (KNAW) on the campus of the Amsterdam Medical Centre (AMC), Meibergdreef 75, 1105 BK Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Inquiries and application
See this website for more information on the research of the Spinoza Centre and its partners. Inquiries about this position and application should be emailed to (Dr. ir. Jeroen C.W. Siero) and (Dr. Wietske van der Zwaag). In the application, please include a curriculum vitae, names and contact information of two references and a statement that summarizes experience, accomplishment and research interests. The starting data is flexible and job interviews will be performed until the position is filled.

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