Postdoc: Computational visual neuroscience and eye-movements


Laboratory of Experimental Ophthalmology

Working Enviroment

We have an immediate position available (0.8-1.0 fte) for a postdoctoral scientist with an interest in visual neuroscience and eye-movement research. We are seeking someone with a computational view on the brain, a track-record in eye-movement research, and experience in developing stimuli and analysis software (e.g. Psychtoolbox and Matlab-based). You need to be a team player with an interest in both applied and fundamental vision research.

University Medical Center Groningen
The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) is one of the largest academic hospitals in the Netherlands. More than 13,000 employees provide patient care, are involved in medical education, and perform cutting-edge scientific research focused around the theme of ‘Healthy and Active Ageing’.
The Laboratory of Experimental Ophthalmology closely collaborates with the Cognitive Neuroscience Center and has access to a 3 Tesla MR-scanner, EEG and TMS equipment and associated data analysis facilities. We have access to a 7T MRI scanner through the Spinoza Center in Amsterdam.

Royal Dutch Visio
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Groningen is a lively and historic university city in the relatively quiet part of the Netherlands that facilitates both high quality research and a high quality-of-life.

Job description

The position is with the Laboratory of Experimental Ophthalmology of the UMCG in the Netherlands. You will be part of a team of highly motivated and (mostly) young visual neuroscientists who want to solve the problem of how vision enables us to comprehend the enormous complexity of the world around us. Additionally, we want to understand how vision loss – due to retinal or cortical lesions or neurological disorders – interferes with this process. In this way, we aim to contribute to the goal of improving visual rehabilitation or even restoring vision.
Part of your time will be available for you to develop and pursue your own research interests, in line with those of the lab in understanding early vision and cortical plasticity, and developing methods to do so (see: Part of your time you will be working on the "Promise" project, a collaboration of the UMCG, Royal Dutch Visio, the Donders Institute in Nijmegen, and a spin-off company. In this high impact project, we aim to evaluate and further advance a revolutionary new eye-movement based perimetric screening test for use in diagnostics and rehabilitation of ophthalmic and neurological patients.

As a postdoctoral researcher, you will closely collaborate with one or more PhD students, co-supervise (master-) students, contribute to our teaching in perception and neuroscience, and maintain and adhere to lab and institutional protocols, such as ethical guidelines and the data-management plan.


For us, you are an ideal candidate if you:
- have a computational attitude towards doing neuroscience.
- an interest in both applied and fundamental studies.
- have a PhD in a relevant field.
- are experienced in psychophysical and eye-tracking studies.
- have deep knowledge of data analyses and statistics.
- have good programming skills, ideally in Matlab and/or Python.
- have experience in machine learning and neural networks.
- have an academic track record with first author papers.
- can communicate clearly and enthousiastically about your science in English, both verbally and in writing.
- enjoy working in an international environment.
- are a team player who can work with professionals of various backgrounds.

The UMCG has a preventive Hepatitis B policy. The UMCG can provide you with the vaccination, should it be required for your position.
In case of specific professions a ‘Certificate of Good Conduct’ is required.

Conditions of employment

The advertised position is for one year, with upon a successful first-year review, an extension up to a maximum of four years. Our ideal starting date is March 1 2020, with some flexibility.

Your salary will be a maximum of €4,481 gross per month (scale 10), depending on your qualifications and relevant experience, based on a full-time appointment.
In addition, the UMCG will offer you 8% holiday pay, and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
The conditions of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for Medical Centres (CAO-UMC). English:

More information
For more details on the position, the prospective candidates can contact:
Prof. dr. Frans Cornelissen, e-mail: (please do not use for applications)
Anne Vrijling, MSc, e-mail: (please do not use for applications)

Applying for the job
Please use the the digital application form at the bottom of this page - only these will be processed.
You can apply until 6 January 2020.
Send a copy of your CV including the names and contact information of two references (one of them preferably your PhD or previous postdoc supervisor), a short motivation letter, a preliminary research plan, and two of your representative and relevant publications.
Interviews will be held in the period of 21-23 January 2020.

Within half an hour after sending the digital application form you will receive an email- confirmation with further information.

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