[FieldTrip] Vacancy Sleep, Cognition, Emotion MRI/EEG/machine learning/online assessment

Eus van Someren eusvansomeren at gmail.com
Sun Dec 8 15:51:43 CET 2019

Dear colleagues,

I hope you can help me and my Sleep, Cognition and Emotion lab to find one or more appropriate candidates for vacancies.
We have exciting job opportunities for technically skilled postdocs (or exceptional MSc's for a PhD trajectory) to work within an ERC-AdG project on brain mechanisms of insomnia and the risk of depression.

We are looking for scientists with strong capabilities in one or more of the following areas:
· Complex web-based assessment and intervention (now implemented in PHP/Symphony);
· High-dimensional neuroimaging analysis (MRI, DTI, fMRI, rsfMRI);
· High-density (256-chn) EEG and ERP analysis (wake and sleep);
· Cluster computing;
· Machine learning.

Please find below a description. I would appreciate it if you would be so kind to distribute it among whoever you think might be interested.
Thanks a lot and all the best,

Eus van Someren (e.van.someren at nin.knaw.nl <mailto:e.van.someren at nin.knaw.nl>)


The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN) is an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). We aim to explain how circuits of neurons enable us to see the world and act upon it.

The Sleep, Cognition and Emotion lab has an exciting job opportunity for a 

Post-doc (or highly skilled PhD student)

to work within an ERC-AdG project on
brain mechanisms of insomnia and the risk of depression

We are looking for a scientist with strong capabilities in one or more of the following:
· Web-based assessment and intervention (now implemented in symphony);
· High-dimensional neuroimaging analysis (MRI, DTI, fMRI, rsfMRI);
· High-density  (256-chn) EEG and ERP during wake and sleep;
· Cluster computing;
· Machine learning.

We're looking for a post-doc, but may alternatively consider a highly skilled PhD student.

Are you familiar with the development and/or application of scripts for web-based assessment and database management, or for analysis of high-dimensional imaging data? Do you have strong methodological, data management and analysis skills? Do you have strong interest in the role of brain structure and function in mental disorders? Can you complement our research program, which is dedicated to understanding the brain circuits involved in insomnia? Do you have excellent writing skills? Would you enjoy working in close collaboration with colleagues in our group and at neighboring institutes of Amsterdam Neuroscience and worldwide? Then this job may be for you.

The mission of our research group is to understand brain mechanisms of insomnia. In collaboration with other research groups, projects cover genetic vulnerability and animal models to comprehensive assessment ranging from brain structure and function to online surveys, wearables and experience sampling in human volunteers. 

Over the past few years, the group acquired a unprecedented rich multivariate dataset of all mentioned modalities in about 200 cases with insomnia disorder and 100 controls without sleep complaints. The current main research questions are:
•	which combination of features discriminates people with different subtypes of insomnia and controls without sleep complaints?
•	who among people with insomnia are resilient vs. at risk of developing depression or anxiety?
•	what are the mechanisms that put people with insomnia at risk of developing depression or anxiety?
For further reading, see e.g. (Jansen, Nat Genet 2019;51:394; Blanken, Lancet Psychiatry 2019;6:151; Wassing, Brain 2019;142:1783; Wassing, Curr Biol 2019;29:2351).

Job description
You would have the following responsibilities:
•	advanced web-based assessment and intervention implementation or data analyses on the above mentioned modalities to address mentioned main questions
•	mentor PhD students and their use of advanced analyses and cluster computing
•	write up findings in formats that could generate interest of leading journals
•	actively collaborate with colleagues

Desired skills and experience: a combination of components from:
•	you have obtained your PhD degree, or will soon;
•	experience with implementing and managing complex web-based assessment and intervention and underlying database structure;
•	experience with the analysis of high-dimensional neuroimaging data (one or more of: MRI, DTI, fMRI, rsfMRI, HD-EEG, ERPs during wake or sleep);
•	advanced programming skills in one or more of the following: Matlab, R and/or Python;
•	Familiar with Linux and cluster/distributed computing;
•	your track record in scientific research includes publications in relevant journals
•	excellent writing skills;
•	ability to work and troubleshoot independently as well as collaboratively;
•	experience with machine learning / deep learning is a pre;
•	experience with sleep, mental disorders or even specifically insomnia is a pre.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage those who are underrepresented in neuroscience to consider our employment opportunities.

The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (www.nin.nl <http://www.nin.nl/>) is the country’s leading fundamental neuroscience research institute. It provides a critical mass of scientists in the neuroscience techniques, together with a dynamic multi-cultural environment. English is the working language of all research groups. Amsterdam is an internationally-oriented city and an attractive, progressive and easy-to-integrate environment. The research groups have members from more than 27 nations with backgrounds ranging from philosophy to engineering, but with an emphasis on biology and psychology. 

We offer an exciting job at a dynamic research institute and an attractive package of fringe benefits. The position if for two years with a possibility for extension. 
The salary is in accordance with the regulations for academic personnel. For a postdoc it will range from €32.508,- up to a maximum of €59.647 per year and for a PhD student from €32.447,- up to a maximum of €41.477,- per year. This annual salary is before tax, (including holiday and end of year allowance) based on a full-time appointment, and depending on expertise and previous experience. Gross monthly salaries are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) for Dutch Universities. 
Additionally, the housing department of the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience assists foreign employees and students in finding accommodation. 

Starting date
As soon as possible

Application and time schedule
Applications should be submitted via email to e.van.someren at nin.knaw.nl <mailto:e.van.someren at nin.knaw.nl>:
•	a cover letter and a statement summarizing your research interests and motivation (max 1 page);
•	a curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications and a list of your five best papers;
•	your previous research accomplishments and your future research goals (max 2 pages);
•	the name and email addresses of up to three referees
The deadline for applications is 30 December 2019, but earlier application would be highly appreciated. Pre-selection of candidates will be completed 31 December 2019 by a gender-balanced panel. Applicants will be emailed about pre-selection outcomes by 6 January 2020. Pre-selected candidates will be invited for an interview.

For further information on the group and our institute please visit our website: https://nin.nl/ <https://nin.nl/>research/researchgroups/van-someren-group/ or contact Prof. dr. Eus Van Someren e.van.someren at nin.knaw.nl <mailto:e.van.someren at nin.knaw.nl>, group leader.

Any acquisition further to this advertisement will not be appreciated
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