Vacancies 85481-PhD-position-in-preclinical-neuroimaging
  • 36 hours a week
  • Temporary
  • Start date 1 January 2021, end date 30 June 2025
  • Date of publication: 24 July 2020
  • Deadline: 31 August 2020
  • Scale 10A: min € 2495 - max € 3196 gross per month at full employment (excl. vacation bonus and end of year payments)
  • First interview scheduled: 16 September 2020
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Job description

We are looking for a PhD candidate with a general interest in neuroscience, driven by curiosity and the desire to bridge disciplines (animal and human neuroscience) and scales (cellular biology to network sciences) toward addressing modern challenges in psychopathology.

The project will elucidate neuromodulatory mechanisms impaired in stress disorders and test pharmacological interventions in a preclinical setting with a strong translational focus. You will develop a preclinical imaging assay in mice using high field Magnetic Resonance Imaging to probe brain function. This will be used to investigate the role of the neuromodulator serotonin on brain function and behaviour using pharmacological and genetic manipulations. The results will be modelled and compared to human neuroimaging results.

You will be embedded in a diverse group with complementary skills, motivated by a spirit of collaboration and boudless curiosity.


  • A completed academic training in neuroscience or related discipline (e.g., biomedical sciences, biomedical engineering or imaging).
  • Previous experience with animal handling, neuroimaging, or medical imaging analysis may be a plus, but not required.
  • Excellent written oral and written communication skills.
  • A collaborative nature, pleasure in team work.
  • Excellent organisation skills, enthusiasm, eagerness to learn.
  • You have a good command of English.
  • You are independent, flexible, persistent and resilient to stress.
  • Interest in the topic of comparative neuroscience, stress disorders, computational neuroscience.


You work in the Cognitive Neuroscience (CNS) department of the Donders Institute of Brain, Cognition and Behavior in Nijmegen.

Research Institutes
At the moment there are more than 1,300 PhD candidates at our medical hospital. This number includes PhD candidates on our pay roll as well as external candidates (those employed somewhere else but researching on our premises).
  • Radboud Institute for Health Sciences: ± 700
  • Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences: ± 400
  • Donders Center for Medical Neurosciences: ± 200

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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. Joanes Grandjean, assistant professor CNS.

Twitter: @grandjeanlab

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Please apply before 31 August 2020.
Recruitment agencies are asked not to respond to this job posting.

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