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Postdoctoral researcher Neuro-imaging of the visual system using 7T (f)MRI

The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) , in collaboration with the Spinoza Centre (SC) for Neuroimaging in Amsterdam has a position available for a …

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Hanzeplein, Groningen, Groningen
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
28 - 36 uur
€ 3361 - € 3361 per maand


The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) , in collaboration with the Spinoza Centre (SC) for Neuroimaging in Amsterdam has a position available for a postdoctoral researcher (0.78-1.0 fte = 28-36 hrs per week) to investigate fundamental and applied aspects of human visual perception using, amongst others, ultra-high field MR (7T) imaging in combination with population receptive field dynamics and further analyses methods. The position will be supervised by Frans W. Cornelissen of UMCG and Serge Dumoulin (SC).
Vision is the dominant sense in humans and is a great scientific ‘playground’ for studying the innermost working of our perceptual system and the brain at large. Moreover, a large number of ophthalmic, neurological and psychiatric diseases come with visual impairments or distortions of perception. Therefore, deeper understanding of how vision works will have translational potential in medical-technical applications. A fundamental property of brain cells is that they process a limited region of either the visual scene, known as their receptive field (RF), or in a different cortical area, known as their connective field (CF). With non-invasive neuro-imaging techniques such as fMRI, we can measure the aggregated receptive and connective fields of populations of neurons. We have developed a series of tools to study these fields in great detail. The project aims to use these new tools to investigate the neural circuitry underlying pRFs and CFs, their plasticity, how (dynamic) pRF properties relate to both normal and distorted visual perceptual abilities. The projects, that will be decided on with postdoc and PIs, are expected to combine the interests and expertise of both involved groups. Experience with stimulus programming and data analysis is required, as these will be integral and substantial part of any project. You will collaborate with and co-supervise a PhD student working within the same collaboration.


- a PhD and a background in neuroscience, experimental psychology, artificial intelligence, biomedical imaging or a related field.
- well-developed skills in data-analysis, statistics, scientific computing and programming are critical (Matlab and/or Python).
- a computational attitude towards doing neuroscience.
- an academic track record with first author papers on topics relevant to the position.
- you can communicate clearly and enthusiastically about your science in English, both verbally and in writing.
- enjoy working in an international environment and with professionals of various backgrounds.
- willingness to work in two different labs, about 2,5 hours by train apart.
We strive for a diverse workforce and welcome applications from candidates who might further widen our already diverse teams.

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

In case of specific professions a ‘Certificate of Good Conduct’ is required.


You will be appointed by the UMCG. The appointment is initially for 2 years (when full-time) with a possible extension depending on performance and budget. Starting date is flexible.

Gross monthly salaries are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of the University Medical Centres (CAO- UMC), increasing from € 3361,- gross per month initially, to € 3505,- gross per month in the second year (scale 10), when fulltime) excluding 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. We offer an extensive package of fringe benefits.

The UMCG is located on Hanzeplein 1, 9713 GZ Groningen, The Netherlands.
The SC is located on Meibergdreef 75, 1105 BK Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

See www.visualneuroscience.nl for more information on the research of the LEO/UMCG and www.spinozacentre.nl for more information on the research of the Spinoza Centre.

For questions about the position
Any questions? Do contact us.
- Frans Cornelissen, Professor, f.w.cornelissen@umcg.nl
- Serge Dumoulin, Professor, s.dumoulin@spinozacentre.nl

Applying for a job
Please use the the digital application form at the bottom of this page - only these will be processed.
In the application, please include a curriculum vitae, names and contact information of two references and a statement that summarizes experience, accomplishment and research interests. We will start evaluating applications from August 15st, 2021, until suitable candidates have been identified.
Within half an hour after sending the digital application form you will receive an email- confirmation with further information.