Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Application deadline: April 22, 2018
Applications are invited for two 4-year PhD positions at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. We are looking for two highly motivated PhD candidates to conduct research on social-cognitive development in infants. The PhD positions are embedded in the MOTION project, a European Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN project exploring infants’ and toddlers’ actions, gaze direction, and brain activity as they actively explore the world around them. ITNs are international collaborative research and training networks involving several University and private sector partners. The PhD candidates will conduct a series of studies focusing on (1) social learning and (2) infants’ developing understanding of others’ emotions and intentions.
The PhD students will be supervised by Prof. Sabine Hunnius and will be part of the Baby BRAIN Group (see www.dcc.ru.nl/babybrain) at the Donders Institute (DI). The research will be conducted in a collaborative network of prominent European experts in the study of infant development. While the successful candidates will be based at Radboud University, as part of their training, candidates will have the opportunity to spend several months at one or two of the other network partners. The PhD students will be enrolled in the Donders Graduate School for Cognitive Neuroscience. Starting date will be no later than September 1, 2018.
The DI is a state-of-the art cognitive neuroscience institute with a multidisciplinary approach. It offers excellent research facilities, including a large infant lab (www.babyandchild.nl), as well as outstanding PhD supervision and technical support.
Prospective candidates should hold a degree in Psychology or a related discipline, such as Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Science or Human Movement Sciences. They should have a strong motivation for developmental research. Advanced data analysis and programming skills are a plus. Experience conducting behavioural or neuroscientific experiments with young children or adults will be advantageous. A good command of spoken and written English is essential.
Due to the mobility constraints of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, it is a requirement that the PhD candidates have not resided in the Netherlands for more than 12 months during the last 3 years.
For more information, please visit http://www.ru.nl/werken/details/details_vacature_0/?recid=600883
Informal enquiries can be made to Prof. Sabine Hunnius (S.Hunnius@donders.ru.nl).