What we look for in new lab members
Your fit with the lab will be assessed based on research experience and interests, reference letters, and past academic performance. However, the most important factor is a strong motivation for the type of research we do in the lab. We usually look for applicants with:
• Master’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience or a related field (Psychology or Artificial Intelligence).
• A strong interest in fundamental research in the cognitive neurosciences
• Good command of programming languages (Python, Matlab or R).
• Experience with fMRI, MEG or EEG
• High proficiency in spoken and written English.
• Strong communication, interpersonal and organisational skills and a proactive and goal-directed attitude
However, it is not always necessary to fulfil all these criteria, as their relative importance will vary per project.
Even when we do not have open positions, we are always interested in working with new people in the lab. Below is a short overview of good grant opportunities for postdocs. Please get in touch if you are interested in applying to one of these.
• Radboud Excellence Fellowship: This is probably the best opportunity, with a ~50% success rate. The REF funds a two-year stay in Nijmegen. Main requirements is that you have not studied or worked (in science) in the Netherlands before, and have submitted your thesis (or very nearly so). Deadlines are yearly in April and November. For more information see Radboud Excellence Initiative.
• Veni Innovation grant: This 3 year fellowship is the 'main' Dutch grant for senior postdocs to transition to independence. The main requirement is that upon submission no longer than 3 years have past after you were granted a PhD. Deadline for pre-proposals is usually early September, and full proposals early January. For more information see NWO website .
• HFSP Post-doctoral Fellowship: 3 Year postdoctoral fellowship, for information see here.
• Marie-Curie Post-doctoral Fellowships: 2 Year postdoctoral fellowship, for information see here.
• Branco Weiss Fellowship: Up to 5 year fellowships, apply until 5 years post PhD see here.
• AXA Post-doctoral Fellowships: 2 year postdoctoral fellowship, until 5 years post PhD, for information see here.
• Overview of further postdoctoral funding: ECRcentral
We do not have a graduate program that students can enrol in. Opportunities to be a graduate student in the lab are advertised via the institute vacancy page. Feel free to get in touch to enquire about future opportunities or potential fellowships to apply for. Check out the Donders Institute Vacancies.
Research assistantships come up irregularly; position will be advertised via Donders Institute Vacancies. If you are interested, do get in touch to enquire about opportunities.
Undergraduate or MSc internships
We are always interested in enthusiastic and motivated interns!
• Given the labour intensive nature of most of our studies, intern projects are usually embedded within ongoing projects of PhDs/ postdocs, though smaller scale projects can be executed independently.
• Usually, the minimum duration for an internship is 6 months
• For your internship, it will really help you if you have good computational/ programming skills, e.g. Matlab, Python, R
• To enquire about internship opportunities, please mail a brief CV and motivation to Linda
Training opportunities at the Donders Institute
The Donders Institute hosts a 2 year Cognitive Neuroscience Research MSc programme. This programme combines excellent courses with lab rotations in at least 3 labs and a 1 year master thesis internship (which you can do in our lab). For questions, check out the website or send Linda an email for internship-specific questions