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Postdoc in cognitive neuroscience on the inflammation-motivation link in obesity
As a postdoctoral researcher, you will be part of the ERC-StG-funded project 'The obesity spiral: inflammation and effortless fast food choices'. In obesity, …
- Houtlaan, Nijmegen, Gelderland
- Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
- Uren per week:
- 32 - 40 uur
- € 4978 - € 4978 per maand
As a postdoctoral researcher, you will be part of the ERC-StG-funded project 'The obesity spiral: inflammation and effortless fast food choices'. In obesity, research findings about the motivation to overcome effort costs are inconsistent. An explaining factor might be related to inflammation, as excess body fat can increase systemic, low-grade inflammation levels in susceptible individuals. Such elevated peripheral inflammatory tone can affect the brain dopamine system to decrease effortful behaviour. However, it is not yet clear how an elevated inflammatory tone in obesity relates to effort-based decision making.
You will be responsible for setting up the fMRI, behavioural and experience sampling tasks, acquiring data, combining immune data with neuroimaging data, applying causal discovery methods, and writing publications. You will also be involved in co-supervising a PhD student in setting up a pharmacological fMRI study with an anti-inflammatory drug.
You will be joining the Food & Cognition group, led by Dr Esther Aarts, at the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Radboud University (Nijmegen, the Netherlands). Our research focuses on the neurocognitive mechanisms of eating behaviour as well as how the foods we consume impact our brain and cognition via gut-brain communication. We have joined lab meetings/seminars with other research groups in psychoneuroimmunology or behavioural control at the Donders Institute.
- You have a PhD in cognitive neuroscience or a related field.
- You have experience with fMRI acquisition and analyses, and an interest in causal discovery methods.
- You have a strong interest in decision making, (food) reward motivation and/or obesity research, as well as in peripheral influences on neurocognition.
- You have good organisational and supervisory skills.
- You have an excellent command of written and spoken English.
- Employment: 32 - 40 hours per week.
- A maximum gross monthly salary of € 4.978 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale 11).
- The exact salary depends on the candidate's qualifications and amount of relevant professional experience.
- In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
- Duration of the contract: 3 years.
- The intended start date is 1 February 2020.
- You will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service: our Dual Career Officer will assist with family-related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation.
- Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?
Additional informationFor more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Esther Aarts, associate Principal Investigator
Tel.: +3124 361 08 77