Vacancies 70061-PhD-candidate-Machine-learning-to-record-and-enhance-sleep-and-lucid-dreaming
  • 38 hours a week
  • Temporary
  • 4 years at Donders, extension to permanent position at Arenar possible
  • Date of publication: 24 July 2019
  • Deadline: 2 September 2019
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Job description

Arenar B.V. and the Donders Institute offer a joint PhD position combining data science/AI and wearable EEG technology with sleep/dream research. 
In this project, the wearable sleep EEG headband iBand+ will be further developed and applied in several experimental studies. First, we will first develop automatic sleep stage detection algorithms using machine learning strategies. We will then implement closed-loop acoustic stimulation procedures to enhance sleep slow oscillations to improve deep sleep. We will further develop combined acoustic and visual stimulation procedures which will allow to enhance self-awareness during sleep (i.e. lucid dreaming) and subsequent mood in the morning. The validity and efficacy of these procedures will be tested experimentally in large longitudinal studies in naturalistic home-based settings.
The successful candidate will be centrally involved in the development, will lead different research projects within this general framework; will be closely involved in daily supervision of MSc students assisting the project; and will participate in the vibrant Donders Graduate School.


  • MSc-level background in Data Science, ML, AI, computer sciences, or adjacent field.
  • Proficiency in Python, C, C++, statistics.
  • Interest in sleep, lucid dreaming, meditation.
  • The capacity to participate in a collaborative, interdisciplinary, international research environment.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
Candidates who only partially meet this profile are nonetheless strongly encouraged to apply!


The PhD project is a collaboration between Arenar B.V. and the Donders Institute.
Arenar B.V. is a Dutch technology start-up based in Nijmegen, founded in 2016 by a team of engineers/developers with a combined technical industry experience exceeding 40 years working at leading technology companies such as NXP, Philips, Texas Instruments. Work in Arenar’s small enthusiastic team offers plenty of flexibility, responsibility and lots of influence on the product development. In particular, Arenar develops the iBand+, and many more upcoming innovative products.
The project is embedded in the infrastructure of the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, providing a unique and stimulating learning environment for young researchers, including a high-profile graduate school and in-house methodological expert courses. Sleep research is a vibrant and rapidly growing field at the Donders Institute, with several new research groups in human and animal sleep research.
The project is further embedded in the Radboud University Medical Center, department of Cognitive Neuroscience.

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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

Please send a motivation letter explaining your interest and qualifications regarding the position, your prior research/work experience, a cv and contact information of two professional references.

Prefered starting date: October/November 2019

All additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from  Dr. Martin Dresler, PI Donders Sleep & Memory LabUse the Apply button to submit your application.

Please apply before 2 September.
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