Your challenge

Per June 1 2021, we have a vacancy for a PhD student on the PRISM2 project. PRISM2 is an EU-Horizon2020 funded Consortium studying the neurobiology behind social dysfunctioning in persons with depressive disorder, schizophrenia or Alzheimer’s disease dementia. It concerns a continuation of the earlier PRISM1 project. The entire consortium will address the overarching hypothesis that brain activity in specific brain networks is dysregulated in patients, in which poor social functioning plays a determining role. This hypothesis can be tested using partly existing data from PRISM1, which will be extended by new data collections in neuropsychiatric patients and controls. Data collections include structural and functional brain imaging, behavioral tasks, clinical disease characteristics and social functioning by self-report and mobile passive sensing.

As PhD student you will be contributing to several PRISM2 tasks including 1) Examining the role of functional neuroanatomical networks (measured with MRI) in social functioning in already collected data in PRISM1 and possibly other datasets available at our research site, 2) Assisting in new data collection for the PRISM 2 project together with other clinical sites within the Consortium, 3) Contributing to analyses using the newly collected PRSIM2 data.

Your tasks will include:

  • active participation in collecting new PRISM2 data in neuropsychiatric patients
  • analyse MRI and clinical data to answer PRISM research questions
  • write and publish scientific manuscripts and other reports on study results
  • present and disseminate research results at (international) conferences

This work will result in a PhD thesis based on international, peer-reviewed publications. Training in research and transferable skills are part of the PhD trajectory.

Your profile

We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious researcher with a strong motivation of doing a doctorate. You have expertise and a strong interest in neurobiology research and brain imaging data.

In addition you bring the following qualities:

  • A strong background in neurobiology (i.e. a Master’s degree neuroscience, biomedical science or medical informatics or technology) with an affinity for psychiatric/neurological brain disorders and with proven skills in neuroimaging analyses;
  • You have excellent statistical and strong computer programming skills (experience with R, Matlab and Linux software highly valued);
  • You have excellent communication skills in English (written and verbal);
  • You have ability to work independently, but are also a pleasant team player able to work with people from different backgrounds.
Your work environment

Your appointment will be at the department of psychiatry of Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc. This department intensively collaborates with mental health care institute GGZ inGeest to collaboratively conduct research, education and academic patient care. For this project there will be intensive collaboration with the department of neurology / Alzheimer Center of Amsterdam UMC (prof. dr. Y. Pijnenburg). This unique collaboration allows for translational cross-disorder research and produces high-quality research that bridges basic science and public health issues. This project is embedded in the Amsterdam UMC research institutes Amsterdam Neuroscience. In this research area more than 150 persons from different disciplines (e.g. psychiatry, psychology and health science) collaborate within a consortium, that you will be part of. Visit our department’s website for more info.

Working at Amsterdam UMC means working in an inspiring and professional environment in which developing one`s talents and skills are encouraged. We offer you ample opportunity for development, deepening and broadening, additional training and a place to grow!

We offer

Salary Scale PHD: 2495 tot 3196 euro gross when employed full-time (depending on qualifications and experience).

The monthly wage will increase yearly.

In addition we offer:
– Additional benefits include an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday pay.
– The opportunity to follow further training and development.
– Pension is accrued at the ABP. VUmc contributes a large part of the premium (70%).
– In addition to excellent accessibility by public transport, we reimburse 75% of your OV travel costs (commuting costs).

We offer an initial contract for 12 months that can be extended (after evaluation) for another 24 months.

For more information about our employment conditions, please visit our website.
For Dutch citizens it is mandatory to provide a VOG (Verklaring Omtrent Gedrag).

Additional information

The first round of interviews will be held on April 22. We kindly request you already account for this on your calendar. We would like the candidate to start at June 1st 2021.

Information and application

Don’t hesitate to call us!
If you’re interested about this position, you can contact Prof. dr. Brenda Penninx, via telephone number 020-7885674.
If you need more information about the application procedure, contact Brend de Jong, corporate recruiter at 020-4448704.

You can apply till 15 April 2021 by using the apply button.

Acquisition based on this vacancy is not appreciated.