PhD position | on cueing of gait and its effect on brain function | Department of Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology (NP&PP) | Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience | 1.0 FTE

Research / Academic

During this PhD research, you will conduct a series of experimental studies in people with Parkinson’s disease to assess the effect of cueing of gait on brain functioning, as assessed with mobile EEG and EMG, and kinematics, as assessed with motion tracking. Data collected in these studies will be used to test the theoretical framework of predictive coding and to obtain a better understanding of walking problems in Parkinson's disease. The interactive walkway will be used for the cueing of gait and to experimentally induce prediction errors, and functional connectivity and network analysis will be used to assess the effects on motor areas and pathways.

Expected start date: 01-11-2023



  • MSc in cognitive/computational/movement neuroscience, kinesiology, or a related field.   


  • A scientific mindset, critical thinking capacity, and a strong interest in kinesiology and computational neuroscience;
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability of working in a team;
  • Experience in programming languages (e.g., python/matlab/R), software development kits, data integration and timeseries analysis;
  • Experience desired with electrophysiology techniques, e.g., EEG, functional connectivity assessments or EMG, or motion capture techniques;
  • Experience with clinical studies is a plus.

Salary Benefits:

Temporary employment for 4 years. The first year will be a probation period, after a positive assessment the position will be extended for another 3 years.

Your salary will be € 2,770 gross per month in the first year up to € 3,539 gross per month in the fourth year according to the PhD-candidate salary scale. An 8% holiday and an 8.3% year-end allowance is also provided.

In addition to good primary employment conditions, UM also offers an attractive package of secondary employment conditions.

Each year an evaluation will take place.

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Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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