PhD student or postdoc position at the Vision & Cognition group

There is an exciting opportunity for a PhD student or a postdoc to work on the role of feedback connections in the gating of plasticity in the Vision & Cognition group.
3 years for postdoc | 4 years for PhD


Project description

Role of feedback connections in plasticity in the mouse visual cortex

Biologically plausible theories of learning in the brain suggested that feedback connections should gate synaptic plasticity. In this project we will test this hypothesis by studying the learning of visual stimuli in the visual cortex while varying the feedback effects, testing stimuli that attract attention and by optogenetic manipulations.

We expect from you:

You are highly motivated, self-driven with a degree in neuroscience, (neuro)psychology, biomedical sciences, natural sciences, material science, mathematics, physics, etc. A high level of written and spoken English and good programming skills are required. You will have experience with neurophysiological techniques, the analysis of neuronal activity in alert animals, and a background in neuroscience.

You should expect from us:

• Mentoring, supervision and training
• Access to state-of-the art infrastructure
• A stimulating international research environment


The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience is the country’s leading fundamental neuroscience research institute. It provides a critical mass of scientists and neuroscience technologies, together with a highly interactive, dynamic, multi-cultural environment. English is the working language of all research groups. Amsterdam is an internationally oriented city and an attractive, progressive and easy-to-integrate environment. The research groups have members from more than 27 nations with backgrounds ranging from philosophy to engineering.


We offer an exciting job at a dynamic research institute and an attractive package of fringe benefits.
The position is for a period of 3 or 4 years in total for a postdoctoral researcher or PhD-student, respectively. The first appointment is for one year with an extension for the remaining period pending on an evaluation.


The salary will be commensurate with experience and institutional guidelines based on the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities; CAO NU). Full time monthly salary for a PhD student is € 2.325,- in the 1st year to € 2.979,- in the 4th year before taxes. The starting salary for a postdoctoral researcher depends on experience and ranges from € 3.123,- to € 4.274,-.- before taxes. A 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% year-end bonus are excluded. A 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% year-end bonus are excluded. We offer travel expenses, paid parental leave, flexible working hours, 30 days paid leave per year and help by finding a house.

Starting date

The position is available from Mid- 2020

To apply

Please, send your application to including:

1. A Curriculum Vitae
2. An application letter
3. Two (for PhD applicants) or three (for postdoctoral applicants) reference letters

Evaluation of candidates will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. We aim to fill the position mid-April 2020.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, etc.

Any acquisition further to this advertisement will not be appreciated.