Job ID: 4446

Ph.D. Student in Nijmegen/Netherlands

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 12 February 2021

Employment Start Date: 1 April 2021

Contract Length: 4 or 5 years (initially 18 months and will be extended by 2.5 or 3.5 yrs upon positive evaluation)

City: Nijmegen

Country: Netherlands

Institution: Radboud University Nijmegen

Department: Donders Centre for Neuroscience, Dept. of Neuroinformatics


You will study Reinforcement Learning (RL) processes in animal models using experimental and computational approaches. Working with Prof. dr. Paul Tiesinga and Dr. Liya Ma, you will establish a mathematical model for RL behaviour in mice, identify neural correlates for value-related parameters in the model using in vivo high-density electrophysiology, manipulate the neural correlates, and measure corresponding changes in RL-guided behaviour. The aim of the project is to investigate the neural mechanism by which value signals guide decision making. This will inform state-of-the-art deep learning approaches and shed light on novel interventions for psychiatric diseases.

We look for a dedicated, reliable, detail-oriented, and well-organised team player. Experience in animal behaviour, electrophysiology and MATLAB/Python is preferred. Good communication and writing skills in English is required.

The Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour is a world-class interfaculty research centre that houses more than 700 researchers devoted to understanding the mechanistic underpinnings of the human mind. Research at the Donders Institute is focused around four themes: 1. Language and communication, 2. Perception, action and control, 3. Plasticity and memory, 4. Neural computation and neurotechnology. State-of-the-art research facilities are available for the broad range of of neuroscience research that is being conducted at the Donders Institute. The Donders Institute has been assessed by an international evaluation committee as excellent and recognised as a ‘very stimulating environment for top researchers, as well as for young talent’. The Donders Institute fosters a collaborative, multidisciplinary, supportive research environment with a diverse international staff. English is the lingua franca at the Institute.

Salary: €2,395/month based on 38-hr week, €3,061/month from 4th yr, 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.

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