Vacancies 68721-Postdoc-Behavioural-Neuroscience-Effects-of-stress-on-the-start-of-life
  • 36 hours a week
  • Temporary
  • 2 years
  • Date of publication: 18 June 2019
  • Deadline: 13 August 2019
  • Scale 10.5: max € 48131 gross per year at full employment (incl. vacation bonus and end of year payments)
  • First interview scheduled: 4 September 2019
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Job description

This EFRO-funded project called LIFESTART aims to delineate the effect of stress on the start of life of animals. The bigger context of the project involves the improvement of the lives of farm animals which are used for food production. A healthier start of live will improve the quality of life and their reproduction. In the workpackage associated with this vacancy, rodents will be used. The effects of early life stress on later life development, specifically social interactions, will be studied.

Physiology, gut health and neural correlates of early life stress effects will be determined across developmental milestones in life. Moreover, new technologies regarding the assessment of group behaviours (mother-offspring and offspring-offspring interactions) and communication (localization of ultrasonic vocalizations) as well as physiology (heart rate) will be tested in collaboration with the companies Sorama and Noldus IT. To analyse the neuronal consequences of early life stress we will use a transgenic rodent model allowing the tagging of activated neurons (FosTRAP2 mice).

You will design, perform and analyse rodent experiments, and pioneer new technologies in collaboration with companies. You will collaborate with scientists with varying disciplines, participate in international conferences, and prepare manuscripts for publication. Depending on your career aspirations you have the opportunity to explore further career steps with the help of your supervisors.


  • PhD degree in the area of (behavioural) neuroscience or life sciences;
  • Affinity with technological innovations;
  • Affinity to work with rodents, and it is an advantage to have the certificate “Artikel 9 Wet op de Dierproeven” or equivalent permit to work with experimental animals;
  • You are creative, analytic, highly motivated, able to function well both independently and in a multidisciplinary team, have good social and communicative skills;
  • Willing to collaborate with and interact between different research groups and companies.


This project is a collaboration of the research group of Judith Homberg, focusing on the neurobiological underpinnings of individual differences in behaviour using animal models, behavioral analyses and various ex-vivo molecular and histological approaches. Marloes Henckens and Marcia Spoelder, having strong expertise in stress research and technologies to measure behaviour in rodents, will act as additional supervisors in the project.
The Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour is a highly dynamic institute with a collaborative atmosphere focusing on fundamental and applied neuroscience research at top level. Translational research, the basis of this project proposal, is highly stimulated. For further information, please, visit the following websites: Radboud University Nijmegen, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour,  Department of Cognitive Neurosciences.

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Employment conditions

Upon commencement of employment we require a certificate of conduct (Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag, VOG) and there will be, depending on the type of job, a screening based on the provided cv. Radboud university medical center’s HR Department will apply for this certificate on your behalf.

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Comments and contact information

All additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Dr. Judith Homberg, full professor via +31 24 3610906. Use the Apply button to submit your application.

Please apply before August 13, 2019. 
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