Postdoc (or highly skilled PhD student) for the Sleep, Cognition and Emotion lab

We are looking for a creative and independent scientist with strong capabilities, ideally including cluster computing and machine learning, for the analysis of high-dimensional neuroimaging data (MRI, DTI, fMRI, rsfMRI, and 256-chn HD-EEG and ERP during wake and sleep).
2 years


Are you familiar with the development and/or application of scripts for analysis of  high-dimensional imaging data? Do you have strong methodological, data management and analysis skills? Do you have strong interest in the role of brain structure and function in mental disorders? Can you complement our research  program, which is dedicated to understanding the brain circuits involved in insomnia? Do you have excellent writing skills? Would you enjoy working in close collaboration with colleagues in our group and at neighboring institutes of Amsterdam Neuroscience and worldwide? Then this job may be for you.

The mission of our research group is to understand brain mechanisms of insomnia. In collaboration with other research groups, projects cover genetic vulnerability and animal models to comprehensive assessment ranging from brain structure and function to online surveys, wearables and experience sampling in human volunteers.

Over the past few years, the group acquired a unprecedented rich multivariate dataset of all mentioned modalities in about 200 cases with insomnia disorder and 100 controls without sleep complaints. The current main research questions are:

  • Which combination of features discriminates people with different subtypes of insomnia and controls without sleep complaints?
  • Who among people with insomnia are resilient vs. at risk of developing depression or anxiety?
  • What are the mechanisms that put people with insomnia at risk of developing depression or anxiety?

For further reading, see e.g. (Jansen, Nat Genet 2019;51:394; Blanken, Lancet Psychiatry 2019;6:151; Wassing, Brain 2019;142:1783; Wassing, Curr Biol 2019;29:2351).

Job description

  • You would have the following responsibilities:
    Advanced data analyses on the above mentioned modalities to address mentioned main questions
  • Mentor PhD students and their use of advanced analyses and cluster computing
  • Write up findings in formats that could generate interest of leading journals
  • Actively collaborate with colleagues

Desired skills and experience

  • You have obtained your PhD degree, or will soon
  • Experience with the analysis of high-dimensional neuroimaging data (one or more of: MRI, DTI, fMRI, rsfMRI, HD-EEG, ERPs during wake or sleep)
  • Advanced programming skills in one or more of the following: Matlab, R and/or Python
  • Familiar with linux and cluster/distributed computing
  • Your track record in scientific research includes publications in relevant journals
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to work and troubleshoot independently as well as collaboratively
  • Experience with machine learning / deep learning is a pre
  • Experience with sleep, mental disorders or even specifically insomnia is a pre

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage those who are underrepresented in neuroscience to consider our employment opportunities.


The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience ( is the country’s leading fundamental neuroscience research institute. It provides a critical mass of scientists in the neuroscience techniques, together with a dynamic multi-cultural environment. English is the working language of all research groups. Amsterdam is an internationally-oriented city and an attractive, progressive and easy-to-integrate environment. The research groups have members from more than 27 nations with backgrounds ranging from philosophy to engineering, but with an emphasis on biology and psychology.


We offer an exciting job at a dynamic research institute and an attractive package of fringe benefits. The position is for two years with a possibility for extension.
The salary is in accordance with the regulations for academic personnel. For a postdoc it will range from €32.508,- up to a maximum of €59.647 per year and for a PhD student from €32.447,- up to a maximum of €41.477,- per year. This annual salary is before tax, (including holiday and end of year allowance) based on a full-time appointment, and depending on expertise and previous experience. Gross monthly salaries are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) for Dutch Universities.
Additionally, the housing department of the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience assists foreign employees and students in finding accommodation.

Starting date

As soon as possible

Application and time schedule

Applications should be submitted via email to

  • A cover letter and a statement summarizing your research interests and motivation (max 1 page);
  • A curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications and a list of your five best papers;
  • Your previous research accomplishments and your future research goals (max 2 pages);
  • The name and email addresses of up to three referees

The deadline for applications is 18 December 2019, but earlier application would be highly appreciated. Pre-selection of candidates will be completed 31 December 2019 by a gender-balanced panel. Applicants will be emailed about pre-selection outcomes by 6 January 2020. Pre-selected candidates will be invited for an interview.

For further information on the group and our institute please visit our website: research/researchgroups/van-someren-group/ or contact Prof. dr. Eus Van Someren, group leader.

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