Applications are invited for a 4-year PhD position at the Center for
Integrative Neuroscience (CIN) at Maastricht University (starting date;
before December 1st , 2021). Eligible candidates must have successfully
completed a – preferably 2-year (120 ECTS) – quantitative (Research)
Master's degree (MSc) in Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuroeconomics or
Psychology, and have an excellent command of the English language. The
candidate is expected to possess basic programming skills (e.g. R, Matlab,
Python), good social skills, and to have a keen interest in social/cognitive
neuroscience and/or neuroeconomics.
The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Dr. Dennis Hernaus
(Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences), prof. dr. Arno Riedl
(Maastricht University – Center of Neuroeconomics) and dr. Federico de
Martino (Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience) on an interdisciplinary
project investigating how humans make prosocial decisions : decisions that
could benefit themselves and others.
The broad aim of the project is to understand how socially-specific
(e.g., trust) and domain-general (e.g., reward sensitivity and
reinforcement learning) mechanisms contribute to prosocial decisions. This
interdisciplinary project will combine concepts and methods from experimental
economics, cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience (fMRI), and
psychopharmacology. S pecific aims of the project are: using
experimental paradigms and computational models of learning and decision-
making to disentangle social and non-social contributions to prosocial
decisions; investigating how social information is represented in the brain.
We expect these results to advance our understanding of fundamental mechanisms
that underlie social inclinations in humans, which might be relevant to the
study of psychiatric disorders
The candidate is expected to contribute to teaching activities at the
department, taking max. 20% of her/his time.
CIN offers a dynamic and challenging multidisciplinary research environment
with ample opportunities for training and collaboration. The center has access
to excellent technical facilities including research-dedicated 3T, 7T, and
9.4T MRI scanners, as well as laboratories for brain stimulation (TMS, tCS),
behavioral experiments, eye-tracking, and pharmacology. The candidate will be
part of an international network of top universities and renowned scholars
within the field.
Are you self-motivated, curious and interested in research? Do you have a
record of high academic achievement (e.g., good grades and/or involvement in
other academic activities) and the skills required to become an excellent
researcher? A preference is given to candidates with previous neuroimaging
and/or computational cognitive modeling experience.
Conditions of employment
Fixed-term contract: 4 years.
Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels for PhD students
starting with a gross monthly salary of € 2.434,00 with a yearly growth to €
3.111,00 (based on a full-time appointment). Each year the standard salary
is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of
8.3%. You have to be willing to move to (the vicinity of) Maastricht.
Depending on your personal situation, you will be eligible for an allowance
for moving costs or for alternative housing. Other secondary conditions
include a pension scheme and partially paid parental leave.
The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective
Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM
provisions also apply. For more information look at the website
www. maastrichtuniversity.nl > About UM > Working at UM.
Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based
learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented
approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic
approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht
University has around 20,000 students and 4,700 employees. Reflecting the
university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and
staff are from abroad. The university hosts six faculties: Faculty of Health,
Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics,
Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences,
Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience. For more information, see
https:// www. maastrichtuniversity.nl/
For more information on the research project, please contact dr. Dennis
Hernaus ( dennis.hernaus@maastrichtuniversity).
Please submit your application to firstname.lastname@example.org
before October 17th, 2021. The application should include:
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Motivation letter
- Diplomas/degrees including a grade transcript of previous education at
- Two letters of academic reference, assessing the applicant's research
potential and personality, should be sent independently by the referees
- Proof of academic writing skills by one of the following: BSc thesis, MSc
thesis, or research paper.
All applicant information will be processed in line with the EU GDPR. It will
be archived in a confidential UM (digital) location which is only accessible
to authorised members of the selection committee. Ultimately 1 month after the
completion of the procedure – but at the latest December 31st, 2021 – all
information will be deleted, unless the applicant agrees with extended storage
for a fixed term.
Maastricht University is committed to promoting and nurturing a diverse and
inclusive community. We believe that diversity in our staff and student
population contributes to the quality of research and education at UM, and
strive to enable this through inclusive policies and innovative projects led
by teams of staff and students. We encourage you to apply for this position.