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Neurocognitive mechanisms of suicide and mood disorders in human hypothalamus

Research group Swaab
Hours Fullltime, 6-12 months
Location Amsterdam
Daily coaching Lin Zhang
Senior tutor Dick Swaab

Group: Swaab
Location: Amsterdam
Daily coaching: Lin Zhang
Senior tutor: Dick F. Swaab
FTE: Fulltime
Period: Official working period: 6-12 months (Sep 2024 onwards)


Suicide is regarded to be a cognitive disorder because it strongly disturbs the mental processes involved in gaining knowledge and comprehension, which can be independent of the underlying neuropsychiatric diseases. Certain regions in the human brain are highly involved in such cognitive disabilities and aberrant processing. The Swaab group investigates the neurobiological mechanisms of neuropsychiatric, neurodegenerative disorders and suicide. In this project, we measure the cognition-related biomarkers in the human hypothalamus.

You will study:

  • The neuroanatomy and neurobiology of the human hypothalamus.
  • Sample collection and matching in human brain research.
  • Paraffin section preparation.
  • Immunohistochemical staining.
  • Image preparation with Zeiss system.
  • Imaging analysis.
  • Data collection and statistical analysis.
  • Graph preparation (graphical illustration and figure adjustment).
  • Academic writing and presentation.

We are looking for BSc or MSc students who are interested in cognitive neuroscience, neurobiology and psychiatry, and be available full-time for at least 6 months.


  • Strong interest in the field of neuroscience and neuropsychiatry.
  • Experience in a neurobiological lab.
  • Highly organized working style.


For additional information please contact Lin Zhang ( or Prof. dr. Dick Swaab (

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