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Postdoctoral researcher ‘Modeling neurocognitive dynamics in developmental cohorts’

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to model the relationship between brain structure and cognitive abilities across the lifespan. You will develop, …

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Geert Grooteplein Zuid, Nijmegen, Gelderland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 36 uur
€ 2911 - € 4615 per maand


We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to model the relationship between brain structure and cognitive abilities across the lifespan. You will develop, implement, and report in academic articles research on lifespan neurocognitive development in large scale (longitudinal) neurocognitive datasets using innovative (psychometric, neuroimaging) methodology. One central question involves whether, and how, brain structure and function govern the rate of de cognitive development in childhood and/or old age. You will have an interest in theory-based developmental cognitive neuroscience, and work with Prof. Kievit and international collaborators to capitalize on the recent rapid increase in the availability of large lifespan cohorts. You will take the lead in developing analytic questions, testing and comparing developmental models, and prepare reports for journal publication with you as first author.

Your activities and responsibilities include:

  • Analyse large scale developmental datasets focused on neurocognitive aging to better understand cognitive development.
  • Prepare the research for publication.
  • Present their work at seminars and at external meetings.
  • To work in collaboration with others to achieve joint research projects.
  • To present their work at seminars within the Unit and at external meetings.
  • To keep up to date with developments in the field, proposing or implementing changes of direction as necessary.
  • To contribute to the Donders scientific community through collaborations, workshops and talks.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • PhD in (developmental) psychology, cognitive neuroscience, psychometrics or related field (either awarded or about to submit).
  • Excellent quantitative skills (e.g. multivariate analysis, structural equation modelling, linear mixed modeling).
  • An interest in theory-based developmental cognitive neuroscience.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills to effectively collaborate and communicate in academia.
  • Computational skills (e.g. R, Python or comparable).
  • Fluency in written and spoken English..
  • The capacity to participate in an interdisciplinary, international, and translational research environment.
  • A demonstrable interest in open science practices (e.g. data and code sharing).
Desirable skills:
  • Expertise in (structural) neuroimaging, especially (f)MRI.
  • Expertise regarding cognitive abilities such as (working) memory, intelligence, executive functions or related.
  • Expertise in developmental psychology (children/adolescence or old age).
  • Experience managing large datasets.
Candidates who only partially meet this profile are nonetheless strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates from underrepresented groups and/or women are especially encouraged to apply.


Upon commencement of employment we require a certificate of conduct (Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag, VOG) and there will be, depending on the type of job, a screening based on the provided cv. Radboud university medical center's HR Department will apply for this certificate on your behalf.

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Additional information

The anticipated start date is between 1 March 2021 and 1 June 2021.

Applicants should send a motivation letter outlining their interest in the position, their qualifications and experience related to the vacancy, a curriculum vitae and names and addresses of two professional references.

All additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Rogier Kievit, Professor of Developmental Neuroscience. Use the Apply button to submit your application.

Please apply before 4 January 2021.
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