PhD position in Chronobiology / Behavioural Neuroscience (1.0 FTE)
Within the Neurobiology group of the Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life
Sciences (GELIFES) at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, a PhD
research position is currently available. The project aims to study how light
affects physiology and brain function. Light stimulation and isolated
photoreceptor protocols will be applied to assess effects on circadian
function, melatonin release, neuronal plasticity and cognitive function in
day-active and night-active mammals (tupaias, mice). Objective alertness and
performance will be measured using EEG based cortical responses and
behavioural essays (attention, working memory, memory consolidation).
Mechanisms underlying effects of light in cortical and hypothalamic regions
will be dissected at the molecular, cellular, and synaptic level.
This PhD position is one of in total 25 positions at the core of the BioClock
consortium, funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) in the framework of
the Dutch Research Agenda (NWA). BioClock is a national consortium in which
academic institutes, societal partners, and industry join forces to address a
broad spectrum of fundamental and applied research questions on the circadian
clock in modern society. The PhD candidate will participate in this
multidisciplinary team effort. See: https: // bioclockconsortium.org/ for more
information about the BioClock consortium.
Research will be performed in the Neurobiology group at the Groningen
Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES), which comprises several
other strong, internationally recognized research groups in the field of
evolutionary biology and behavioral and molecular neuroscience.
The successful candidate has a MSc degree in biology or biomedical science,
with relevant experience in the area of chronobiology and (behavioral)
neuroscience. Experience with surgical procedures and working with animals is
appreciated and the candidate preferably has obtained an article 9
The successful candidate has good command of English (oral and written), is
a team player, and possess excellent communication skills (indicated by the
ability to write scientific papers and deliver presentations).
The University of Groningen has an international reputation as a dynamic and
innovative center of higher education offering high-quality teaching and
research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines
encourage the 36,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual
talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining
forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of
Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.
Conditions of employment
We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch
• a salary of € 2,395 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of €
3,061 gross per month in the fourth and final year
• a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
• an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
• minimum of 29 holidays and additional 12 holidays in case of full-time
The position must result in a PhD thesis within the four-year contract period.
A PhD training program is part of the agreement and the successful candidate
will be enrolled in the Groningen Graduate School of Science. The successful
candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the
option of a three-year extension, conditional on sufficient progress in the
first year to indicate that successful completion of the PhD thesis within the
next three years is expected.
Do you want to become a member of our team? Please send your application to
us, by submitting the following documents:
• letter of application
• curriculum vitae
• contact information of two academic referees.
You can submit your application until 15 September 11:59pm / before 16
September 2021 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form
(click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).
Applicants are also requested to submit a list of examination marks. The
positions will remain open until filled.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We
are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply.
Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code
(NVP), https: // www. nvp-hrnetwerk.nl/sollicitatiecode/ and European
Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,
https: // euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code
Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.
For information you can contact:
Peter Meerlo, p.meerlo rug.nl
Robbert Havekes, r.havekes rug.nl
Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.