PhD WP3 GUTS
PhD in social-cogntive neuroscience
PhD in social-cogntive neuroscience
Max hours per week: 38
Max salary: € 3.247,-
Duration of agreement: 4 years
Apply until: 31 May 2023
What does enable young people to successfully interact with other individuals in our complex societies? Can inter-individual differences in affective empathy at young age predict the likelihood of current and future anti-social behaviors towards others?
If you are curious about these questions and wish to work in a vibrant, multi-center, interdisciplinary and highly collaborative environment, then join us in the GUTS consortium!
The Growing Up Together in Society (GUTS) consortium, funded by a Gravitation grant from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, includes the collaboration of seven Dutch universities that together investigate how young people successfully navigate and grow up in our complex society.
We will study individual neurobiological development in relation to educational processes, social networks, and societal norms, including antisocial behavior. We will use state-of-the-art designs and methodological advances to develop an integrative framework on self-regulation development and contributions to society that will have explanatory as well as predictive power across multiple domains of functioning in adolescence and early adulthood.
As a PhD you are part of a sub-team of the GUTS project that operates in Amsterdam, which has the unique aim to include 400 young participants (ages 10-12-years) that are at high risk of developing severe behavioral problems.
During your PhD, you will mainly focus on understanding the role of affective empathy in developing successful social interactions, in a cohort of children (10-12 years) that are at high risk of developing antisocial and delinquent behavior. Affective empathy will be mainly measured through fMRI as activity in response to the emotional state of other individuals. Social behaviour will be measure through social behavioural tasks and inteviews. During your PhD you will have the opportunity to:
We are looking for an enthusiastic, societal engaged researcher at the start of their career, with
In this 4-year-project, you will learn lots of skills related to being a scientist of the next generation. You enjoy team science and you like to dive into challenging scientific questions. We value an open culture where everybody feels free to ask questions and make suggestions.
The Social Brain Lab at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience
This will be your main home, in which one of your direct supervisor will be working on a daily base and where you will be appointed.
The Social Brain Lab is the results of the joint venture of the research groups of Christian Keysers and Valeria Gazzola, aiming at shedding light on the neural mechanisms of empathy by combining studies in humans and rodents. The SBL is funded by multiple European (ERC, Marie Curie) and Dutch (VIDI, VICI, Gravity, XL) grants, and is characterized by an unusually diverse environment, with members from all over the world, backgrounds (ranging from philosophy to engineering with an emphasis on biology and psychology), and neuroscientific techniques (spanning from ultra-high field fMRI in humans to single-cell recordings in rodents). The SBL is appreciated for its collaborative, enthusiastic and supportive environment, where people strive to become successful, recognized and appreciated scientists.
The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience is the country’s leading fundamental neuroscience research institute, in the international and progressive city of Amsterdam. It provides a critical mass of scientists (spanning more than 27 nationalities) and neuroscience facilities, in a highly interactive, dynamic, multi-cultural environment, with English as the working language.
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry & Psychosocial Care, at the Amsterdam UMC, within the Section Youth at Risk.
This will be your second home, where your co-supervisor will be located. You’ll likely have periodic meetings with colleagues at this location.
Within the section Youth at Risk, we focus on children and adolescents at risk of displaying antisocial and delinquent behavior. We mainly operate within the field of Forensic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Our main aim is to study why some children and adolescents display antisocial or delinquent behavior, why most desist and some persist in that behavior, and what (preventive) interventions are needed to help youth at risk to develop into adults that function well in our complex modern society.
The Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging
This will be the fMRI facilities, where the data will be collected.
The Spinoza is a joint institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, VU University Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Medical Centers. The Centre houses a 3 Tesla and an ultra high-field 7 Tesla MRI-scanner.
The appointment will initially be for 12 months and if evaluated positively extended with 3 years and must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis. The salary ranges from €2.541,- gross per month in the 1st year up to €3.247,- gross per month in the 4th year based on a fulltime employment in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities plus an additional holiday (8% of annual salary) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 % of annual salary). The preferred starting date is the 1st of September 2023.
The KNAW, of which the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience is a part, offers its staff an excellent package of secondary benefits. A package that meets the different needs of employees depending on their stage of life, lifestyle or career ambitions. For example, by working an extra two hours a week, it is possible to increase the number of days off from 29 to 41 days a year (with full-time employment). For a complete overview of the terms of employment, please refer to the web page: werken bij de KNAW.
Only applications that have filled in the current application form (‘Apply now’ button at the end of this page) + the form you will find here will be considered
Evaluation of candidates will begin immediately, and after about 4 weeks from the deadline candidates will be informed whether they passed the first round or not. Shortlisted candidates will receive, taking into account candidates’ availability, a short assignment to be done within 48h. Based on the results of the assignment, we will organize a 1h Zoom interview followed by a visit on site. We foresee a final decision to be communicated within three months after the first submission date. If no excellent candidate can be identified, we might re-advertise the position.
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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or status as disabled status, or genetic information.
The KNAW considers a working environment in which everyone feels welcome and appreciated of great importance. A working environment in which attention is paid to individual quality and where development opportunities are paramount. Together we strive for an inclusive culture in which we embrace differences. We would therefore like to invite candidates who want to contribute to this through their background and experience. In the event of equal suitability, preference will be given to the candidate who thus enhances diversity within the Academy.
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