Postdoctoral Researcher in Cognitive and Sensorimotor Neuroscience at the Donders Centre for Cognition

Research / Academic

Do you have a strong interest in the cognitive neuroscience of somatosensory perception? Are you motivated to develop into an independent scholar and scientist of the brain mechanisms of human somatosensation? Then join the Donders Centre for Cognition as a postdoc, to better understand the neuroscience of gargalesis perception (tickle) in humans. 

You will be involved in designing, collecting, and analysing behavioural, and fMRI or TMS experiments including psychophysical, physiological and behavioural recordings. 

You will be embedded in the research group of Dr Konstantina Kilteni at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. You will be expected to have the background knowledge, skills and motivation that will allow you to fully utilise and learn from the rich research environment that the Donders Institute provides (including its intellectual and technical infrastructure).

You are motivated to develop into an independent scholar and scientist of the brain mechanisms of human somatosensation, who will be ready to acquire the skills required for conducting all phases of research, including literature review, conceptual and experimental design, coordination of study logistics, data collection, data analysis, data interpretation and publication. You will also be working closely in a team with multiple research group leaders, postdoctoral fellows, PhD candidates, research assistants and Research Master's students.


  • You hold or are about to complete a PhD in Neuroscience, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Biomedical Sciences, or a related field.
  • You have experience with, or are interested in, collecting and analysing functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) data.
  • You have experience with, or are interested in, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
  • You have documented experience with collecting and analysing behavioural or physiological data.
  • You have a passion for research in tactile sensing.
  • You are curious, ambitious, and are able to work independently.
  • You have strong communication and coordination skills.
  • You are fluent in academic English (speaking and writing). Speaking Dutch is not required for this position.

Salary Benefits:

  • It concerns an employment for 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €4,332 and a maximum of €5,929 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 11).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • You will be employed for an initial period of 1 year, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract can be extended on a temporary basis.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.

Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

Work Hours:

40 hours per week


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