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Post-doctoral researcher - NIN-KNAW - Amsterdam Zuidoost

The Social Brain Lab has an exciting opportunity for a Post-doctoral researcher in rodent Functional Ultrasound Imaging for social neuroscience. Project …

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Meibergdreef, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
€ 3270 - € 4474 per maand


The Social Brain Lab has an exciting opportunity for a Post-doctoral researcher in rodent Functional Ultrasound Imaging for social neuroscience.

Project description and methods
The Social Brain Lab, has pioneered the investigation of the mechanisms of empathy by combining rodents and humans research. We are currently looking for an ambitious postdoc that will lead the efforts to use functional ultrasound imaging data to study the circuit dynamics of social interactions.
You will help optimizing image acquisition sequences and parameters, developing data analyses pipelines, and unravel the circuit dynamics of rodent social behavior. This project will require a combination of advanced analytical and modeling skills together with creative social neuroscience experimentation. You will directly supervise a PhD student already involved in the project and have the opportunity to actively collaborate with the leading scientists from the CUBE (Center for Ultrasound and Brain imaging) consortium in Rotterdam. Furthermore, you will be able to closely collaborate with other members of the lab working with complementary expertise on techniques ranging from calcium imaging to electrophysiology in rodents and neuroimaging in humans, on the over-arching theme of the neural bases of empathy and social decision making. We expect you to be independent regarding the computational aspects of the project, leveraging our close collaborations as appropriate, while we guarantee our direct support in developing the necessary social neuroscience competences. By working within the SBL you will have the unique opportunity to bridge and integrate results from rodent and human research.

You should expect from us:

  • Mentoring, supervision and training
  • A dedicated ultrasound facility
  • Access to a computing facility
  • Direct guidance and support toward the acquisition of your social neuroscience expertise
  • Support from close collaborators on developing and optimizing paradigm and data analysis for ultrasound imaging
  • A stimulating international research environment
  • Availability of a inhouse helpful and highly competent mechatronic department
  • Active support and mentoring in grant writing


We expect from you:

  • PhD in neuroscience, physics or related fields, with a strong analytical character.
  • Excellent skills with analytical/computational tools (python, R, matlab, …).
  • Interest in social behavior and empathy, and in translational research
  • Highly motivated, energetic, detail orientated and capable to work and troubleshoot independently and collaboratively.
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • At least one excellent publication.
  • Hands-on experience in manipulating hardware and building experimental set-ups
  • Actively participating in the lab activities (e.g. helping organizing meetings, supervising students, ...)

We would also value:

  • Experience with ultrasound imaging
  • Experience with fMRI data analyses
  • Experience with rodent neuroscience experimentation and techniques
  • Article 9 (for Dutch researchers or FELASA certificate)


The position is for a period of 3 years in total. The first appointment is for one year with the option for an extension for the remaining period pending on an evaluation.

The salary will be commensurate with experience and institutional guidelines based on the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities; CAO NU). Full time monthly salary for a postdoctoral researcher depends on experience and ranges from € 3.270,- to € 4.474 gross per month, before taxes. A 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% year-end bonus are excluded. We offer travel expenses, paid parental leave, flexible working hours, 30 days paid leave per year and help by finding a house.

Starting date
As soon as the ideal candidate is identified.

Additional information

For further information about the vacancy please email applications@socialbrainlab.org.

Diversity & Inclusion
The KNAW considers a working environment in which everyone feels welcome and appreciated of great importance. A working environment in which attention is paid to individual quality and where development opportunities are paramount. Together we strive for an inclusive culture in which we embrace differences. We would therefore like to invite candidates who want to contribute to this through their background and experience. In the event of equal suitability, preference will be given to the candidate who thus enhances diversity within the Academy.

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