Job ID: 103663

4-year PhD position on somatosensory-auditory integration in the brain

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 30 April 2023

Contract Length: 4 years

City: Rotterdam

Country: Netherlands

Institution: Erasmus MC

Department: Neuroscience


Job description
A 4-year fully funded PhD position is available to work on somatosensory-auditory integration in the auditory system, focusing on patchclamp physiology and viral tracing. This position is part of a “Vidi” grant awarded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) to Dr. Aaron Wong’s project “Hearing more than Sound”. In this project, the candidate will use state-of-the-art viral tracing technique to map out long range connectivity. They will combine patch-clamp electrophysiology with optogenetics and holographic stimulation to study the properties of these connections. Ultimately, the candidate will create behavior paradigms to elucidate how somatosensory signal influence auditory perception.

The candidate is expected to start in Summer or Fall 2023.

Please apply via our institute’s recruitment site via this link.

Work environment
Erasmus MC stands for a healthy population and excellence in healthcare. By conducting groundbreaking work, we aim to push boundaries through leading the way in research, education and healthcare. We have access to the latest equipment and techniques in a state-of-the-art environment.

The Department of Neuroscience at Erasmus MC, Rotterdam is a dynamic and collaborative environment of about 150 people across 22 research groups. The PhD candidates will work in a motivated small team with close supervision by Dr. Aaron Wong

Qualifications and skills

  • A Master’s degree (MSc, MPhil) in biological sciences, neuroscience, or related fields.
  • Demonstrated self-motivation, organizational skills and analytical thinking from research projects.
  • Excellent oral and written English and strong communication skills
  • Experience in patchclamp electrophysiology is highly preferred
  • Experience in in vivo experiments, data analysis and programming is desirable

Terms of employment

  • You will receive a temporary position for 4 years. The gross monthly salary is € 2.631 ,- in the 1st year and increases to € 3.336,- in the 4th year (scale OIO).
  • The gross monthly salary is € 2.789 ,- in the 1st year and increases to € 3.536,- in the 4th year (scale OIO).
  • Excellent fringe benefits, such as a 13th month that is already paid out in November and a personal travel budget.
  • Pension insurance with ABP. The employer covers approximately 2/3 of the monthly contribution.
  • Special benefits, such as a physiotherapist and a company bicycle repairer. And there is also a sports club where you can work on your fitness after work.
  • An International Office which aids you in preparing for your journey and stay.

More information

For more information about this position, please contact Dr Aaron B. Wong, Assistant Professor, phone number: +31(0)10 704 37 97 or e-mail:

If you are excited by the thought of this position and would like to apply, please do so by using the application form on our website.