Postdoctoral Researcher: Neuroimaging of Uniquely Human Cognition (1.0 FTE)

Radboud University

Nijmegen, Netherlands


The Cognitive Neuroecology Lab at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour focuses on understanding what is special about the human brain. Our large brain is dominated by a neocortex that produces a range of unique behaviors, such as language, collaborative social behavior, and abstract decision making. Using a combined approach of comparative primate neuroscience and functional neuroimaging in human volunteers, we try to understand how our brain achieves these feats.

We are inviting applications for a two-year postdoctoral position in functional neuroimaging of higher-order human cognition. The project will give you the opportunity to work on projects compatible with the goals of the group, while given space to strongly provide your own input. You will design and conduct a series of functional MRI studies aimed at understanding higher-order social or decision-making behavior.

What we expect from you

Preference will be given to candidates with a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, or a related field, who are highly motivated to conduct challenging interdisciplinary fundamental research.

We are looking for a creative and highly self-motivated candidate who will able to design and conduct his/her own research without requiring extensive training or the need for close supervision.

We expect the candidate to have knowledge of relevant fields of cognitive neuroscience. Expertise in advanced analysis methods (connectivity, representational analyses) or model-based approaches are recommended.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record in designing, conducting, and analysing functional MRI experiments, evidenced by published papers. Expertise in using packages such as SPM or FSL and programming skills (Matlab in particular) are highly recommended.

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