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PhD candidate in Cognitive Neuroimaging: Relating the human brain’s responses to stimulus timing across the senses (1.0 FTE)

Utrecht University's Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is looking for a PhD candidate in Cognitive Neuroimaging. Are you interested? Then please read the full profile and apply.

12 maanden geleden


Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 40 uur
€ 2222 - € 2840 per maand


We are seeking a highly motivated PhD candidate to investigate the human brain’s responses to the timing of events in different sensory modalities using advanced analyses of ultra-high-field (7T) fMRI data. The project will focus on presenting multisensory stimuli of varying timing in the scanner and developing model-based analyses of the resulting fMRI responses. The selected candidate will be supervised by Dr Ben Harvey at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. This is a research position for four years, fully funded by an NWO VIDI Grant recently awarded to Dr Harvey. The starting date is between September and November 2018.

Job tasks

  • Completion and defence of a PhD thesis within four years, containing at least 4 peer-reviewed articles;
  • Designing experiments, coordinating and conducting data collection, analysing resulting data;
  • Presentation of results at national and international scientific conferences;
  • Participation in training programmes and expert meetings scheduled for the project;
  • Teaching (10% of time).

The research builds on the following studies:

Harvey, B.M., Klein, B.P., Petridou, N., and Dumoulin, S.O. (2013). Topographic representation of numerosity in the human parietal cortex. Science, 341, 1123-1126.

Harvey, B.M., Fracasso, A., Petridou, N., and Dumoulin, S.O. (2015). Topographic representations of object size and relationships with numerosity reveal generalized quantity processing in human parietal cortex. PNAS, 112, 13525-13530.

Harvey, B.M., and Dumoulin, S.O. (2017). A network of topographic numerosity maps in human association cortex. Nature Human Behaviour, 1, 36.

Harvey, B.M., Ferri, S., Orban, G.A. (2017) Comparing parietal quantity-processing Mechanisms between humans and macaques. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 21, 779-793.

Harvey B.M., Dumoulin S.O. (2017) Can responses to basic non-numerical visual features explain neural numerosity responses? Neuroimage, 149, 200-209.


We are looking for someone who:

  • holds (or nearly holds) a Master’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Engineering, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence or a related field;
  • takes a strongly quantitative, computational view of Psychology and Neuroscience;
  • has strong computer programming skills;
  • takes a practical approach to solving technical problems;
  • has excellent written and spoken English communication skills (no Dutch required);
  • has a strong publication record for their career stage (this may be no publications yet);
  • is effective and efficient, and able to think conceptually;
  • is able to meet deadlines, and conduct research independently and as part of a team.

Some of the following experience is desirable, but not required:

  • experience designing and implementing sensory stimuli for experiments;
  • experience with MRI data acquisition and analysis;
  • experience with model-based data analysis.


We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for one year. Upon a positive performance, the appointment will be extended for three further years.The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €2,222 and €2,840 (scale P according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % per year. We offer a pension scheme, (partly paid) parental leave, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information is available at: working at Utrecht University. The selected researcher will become a junior member of the Helmholtz Institute of Experimental Psychopathology.

The selected researcher will become a junior member of the Helmholtz Institute of Experimental Psychopathology.

Additionele informatie

Informal enquiries should be sent to Ben Harvey (b.m.harvey@uu.nl).

Applications should contain:

  • a research statement (about 1000 words), explaining why you are interested in the project and how you meet the requirements;
  • a cv with publication list (if you have any);
  • contact information of two references;
  • if you have no publications as first author, please also include a sample of your own academic writing, preferably describing experiments you conducted, such as a Master’s thesis.