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PhD position ‘Focussed fMRI to probe brainstem mechanism in tinnitus ’

Your project is based on the hypothesis that tinnitus involves changes in auditory brain areas. You will test this hypothesis with specific emphasis on brain …

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Hanzeplein, Groningen, Groningen
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

Your project is based on the hypothesis that tinnitus involves changes in auditory brain areas. You will test this hypothesis with specific emphasis on brain reorganization in the brainstem. You will (1) optimize the application of a zoomed-fMRI technique to measure auditory responses in the brainstem (2) apply this technique to study reorganization of auditory brainstem areas in participants with tinnitus. The project will be supervised by Prof. Ronald Borra and Prof. Pim van Dijk and is conducted in collaboration with Siemens.

Functie-eisen

Required qualifications:
- Master degree in physics, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, technical medicine or a related field. In line with EU requirments, this qualifying degree must have been acquired within the 4 years preceeding the start of your appointment.
- Programming experience, especially with Matlab, or other related programming tools
- Inquisitive, critical, and independent research attitude
- Excellent communication skills and a team player mentality
- Excellent written and spoken English language skills.
- Interest in working in an international environment and in interacting with patients
- Preferred:
- Proficiency or willingness to learn Dutch
- Prior experience with analysis of biomedical / (f)MRI data
- Prior experience with MR sequence programming (e.g. IDEA) / C++ programming language
- Active participation in training and dissemination activities of the European Training Network TIN-ACT.
- In line with the requirements of EU ETN projects, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 year period immediately prior to the start date. See tinact.eu for a full description of this mobility requirement.

The UMCG has a preventive Hepatitis B policy. The UMCG can provide you with the vaccination, should it be required for your position.

Conditions

The duration of the contract is three years to be concluded with a PhD examination. It concerns a full time appointment (36 h/week). After one year, the performance of the candidate will be evaluated to decide whether there is sufficient progress to expect a successful completion of the PhD thesis. You will be registered with the Graduate School for Medical Sciences (GSMS) at the Univeristy of Groningen.

Your salary is € 2.279,- gross per month in the first year, and up to a maximum of € 2.786,- gross per month in the last (third) year (scale PhD). In addition, the UMCG will offer you 8% holiday pay, an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and a development budget. The conditions of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement of Medical Centers (CAO-UMC).

The UMCG is committed to offer equal opportunities. Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered in case of equal qualifications.

More information
For more information about this vacancy you may contact:
Prof. dr. P. van Dijk (p.van.dijk@umcg.nl), phone +31-50-3612550 or Prof.dr. R. Borra (r.j.h.borra@umcg.nl). (please do not use e-mail adresses for applications)

The application package will have:
- A copy of your CV
- The names and contact information of two references (one of them preferably your advisor from Master’s or another research project)
- A short motivation letter
- An example of a previously written report or journal article

Additional information

UMCG corporate information

Department of Otorhinolaryngology

- Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network ‘TIN-ACT: Tinnitus Assessme

Bedrijfsomschrijving

Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Radiology This is a PhD position at the Departments of Otorhinolaryngology and Radiology of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). The UMCG is one of the largest hospitals in the Netherlands. More than 12.500 employees provide patient care, are involved in medical education and perform cutting-edge scientific research focused around the theme of ‘Healthy and Active Ageing’. Research at the UMCG is characterized by close interactions between fundamental and patient oriented clinical research.

The Otorhinolaryngology Department and the research program 'Healthy Ageing and Communication' aim at a better understanding of hearing disorders with the goal to contribute to their relief. This research program combines fundamental research on hearing with cross-disciplinary approaches to explore interactions between hearing and other factors, such as cognitive processing, ageing, and signal processing in hearing aids and cochlear implants.

As a PhD student you will collaborate with group members from diverse backgrounds, such as engineering, medical sciences, audiology, biology and medical physics. You will work toward a dissertation, and present your research in at least three contributions to high-impact international journals. Your research will be embedded in the EU-funded Innovative Training Network ‘TIN-ACT: Tinnitus Assessment, Causes and Treatments'.