[FieldTrip] PhD position in Statistics for Neuroscience

Hindriks, R. r.hindriks at vu.nl
Wed Mar 14 10:26:53 CET 2018

PhD position in Statistics for Neuroscience at VU Amsterdam

The Department of Mathematics of the Faculty of Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, invites applications for a PhD position in Statistics for Neuroscience (0.8/1.0 FTE).

The position
The department is seeking applicants for a PhD position in statistics for neuroscience. The PhD project concerns spatiotemporal modeling and analysis of resting-state brain dynamics and will be supervised by Dr. Rikkert Hindriks and Prof.dr. Mathisca de Gunst. The PhD position is co-funded by the national science foundation NWO.

You will develop statistical methods for modeling and analysis of resting-state brain activity recorded with functional MRI, magnetoencephalography (MEG), electroencephalography (EEG), and electrocorticography (ECoG). The project focuses on spatiotemporal aspects of resting-state brain activity such as wave propagation and relevant mathematics includes Empirical Bayesian inference, simulation and analysis of large-scale biophysical models, and higher-order decomposition techniques. You will publish your results in quality peer-reviewed journals in the field, culminating in a PhD thesis to be defended in public. Aside from these research tasks, a minor part of the time will be spent on teaching duties within the Department of Mathematics.

The candidate must be talented, ambitious and highly motivated, in possession of a MSc. degree in mathematics, physics, or a related area. Candidates should have a strong demonstrable background in mathematics, in particular in statistics. Experience with neuroimaging data (fMRI) or electrophysiology (EEG/MEG/ECoG) and programming (R, Matlab, Python) is considered an advantage. In addition, we require proficiency in reading and writing of scientific manuscripts in English.

Further particulars
The appointment will be initially for one year. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, it can be extended to a total duration of 4 years.

The VU offers a broad and attractive package of employment conditions. The employment contract is governed by the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) for Dutch universities. In addition to their salaries, staff members receive annual holiday pay and a year-end bonus. Staff members with a full-time contract (38 hours per week) are entitled to 29 days off. The VU also offers a good pension scheme via ABP.  Further information about our employment conditions can be found on https://www.vu.nl/en/employment.

The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and amounts to  € 2.222,- gross per month in the first year up to € 2.840,- in the fourth year (salary scale 85) based on a full-time employment.

For additional information please contact:
Dr. Rikkert Hindriks
phone: +31 20 59 87835
e-mail: r.hindriks at vu.nl
website: https://research.vu.nl/en/persons/r-hindriks

Applicants are requested to write a letter in which they describe their abilities and motivation, accompanied by a curriculum vitae, a list of courses plus their grades, and contact details of two or three references.
Please send your application by e-mail before April 15, 2018 to:

Dr. Rikkert Hindriks
e-mail: r.hindriks at vu.nl
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