Post-Doc Researcher Behavioral Profiling (Data Analyst / Data Scientist) 1.0 FTE


Faculty of Science and Engineering


University of Groningen

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Job description

Within the Neurobiology group of the Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES) at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, a post-doc position is currently available. This research position is embedded in a national project with partners from the Radboud UMC and Erasmus MC. The project was recently funded by a ZonMW Memorable subsidy. You will work in collaboration with the Memorable project partners. The project aims at understanding the role of social environment on the development of brain health and cognitive decline related to dementia. You will perform state of the art research to provide novel insights into the relationship between social environment, behavioural and cognitive performance, and brain markers related to neuro-inflammation and neuronal plasticity in data collection from human subjects. In this research context, we are looking for a candidate to fill a post-doc position on the analysis of smartphone based behavioural data. The position is part of the BEHAPP ( research programme where we operate a research platform for smartphone based behavioural studies.

The general responsibility for you is to reason about and analyze the behavioural data collected through our platform. Additionally, the candidate is expected to:

• help with research and establish a (technical) data quality and testing methodology for our mobile application including operationalizing the method for automatic analysis
• perform integrative data analysis of smartphone data with other available data from human subjects, including behavioural, cognition and MRI data.

Lastly, to help you on your way, we offer a rich dataset including a set of standardized tools that will help to get up to speed fast.

Research environment
Research will be performed in the Neurobiology group at the Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES), which comprises several other strong, internationally recognized research groups in the field of evolutionary biology and behavioural and molecular neuroscience. In addition, complimentary human studies on this topic will be performed as part of this national funded project, allowing for active collaborations with excellent and diverse academic project partners in Nijmegen and Rotterdam.


- you have obtained a doctorate preferably in the field of psychology, psychiatry, biology, mathematics and / or informatics
- you have experience with complex data analyses methods using tools like e.g. R or the Python data science stack
- you are critical on the appropriate application of methods (statistical, mathematical, machine learning or otherwise) given a medical context of analysis
- you have good command of English (oral and written)
- you are a team player, and possess excellent communication skills (indicated by the ability to write scientific papers and deliver presentations).

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 12 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:
• a salary of € 3,255 (salary scale 10) gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3,514 gross per month
• a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
• an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
• minimum of 29 holidays and additional 12 holidays in case of full-time employment
• a position for 2.5 years. You first will be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of a year and a half extension, conditional on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate successful implementation of the project aims.

How to apply
Do you meet our qualification criteria? If yes, your application should include:
• letter of motivation
• curriculum vitae
• list of examination marks
• contact information of two academic referees.

Job Application

You can submit your application until 29 January 11:59pm / before 30 January 2020 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). Applications must indicate the relevant vacancy number as indicated above. The position will remain open until filled.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Martien Kas

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 219387H

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