Assistant Professor of Theoretical Neuroscience
University of Amsterdam Faculty of Science

Assistant professor in Theoretical Neuroscience

Publication date 5 March 2020
Closing date 2 April 2020
Level of education PhD
Hours 38 hours per week
Salary indication €3,637 to €5,656 gross per month
Vacancy number 20-165

The Cognitive & Systems Neuroscience group is seeking a highly qualified and motivated assistant professor to conduct collaborative research and teaching in Theoretical and Systems Neuroscience. Current research of the group focuses on neural mechanisms of perception, multisensory integration, interactions between sensory and memory systems and representational theories of consciousness. These topics are addressed using a wide variety of methods, such as ensemble recordings in task-performing subjects, 2-photon imaging, optogenetics, computational modelling and advanced analysis of neural data. You will conduct theoretical and empirical studies in, and in relation to, healthy humans and/or patients and thereby closely interact with other team members as well as other external collaborators.

What are you going to do?

You roughly dedicate 50% of your work hours to research and 50% to teaching (mainly in the Bachelor Psychobiology). You are motivated to pursue novel data analytic methods and models to test representational, inferential theories of perception and consciousness in healthy humans or patients, supplemented with animal data, adopting the following items as key words: information theory, predictive processing, biologically plausible neural networks, Bayesian statistics, population coding and representational approaches and assessment of conscious state. There are possibilities to combine this work with recordings and experiments in healthy humans and/or patients (using e.g. fMRI, MEG, high-density and intracranial EEG recordings), while also expertise with beamforming techniques and/or transcranial magnetic stimulation is considered an asset. You are expected to acquire grants in this research area and work closely together with group members specialized in computational modelling as well as systems and cognitive neuroscience research on animal models. Additional objectives of this position are to support data analytic activities (mostly in Matlab/Python), data exchange with collaborating labs and to coordinate teaching.

What do we require?

You should:

  • hold a PhD degree, preferably in systems neuroscience or related field, including mathematics, physics or biomedical engineering;
  • have significant research experience in the field of perception, data analytics and/or brain-inspired neural network modelling, as testified by outstanding publications;
  • have strong quantitative and programming skills, experience in neural data analysis, and demonstrable affinity with theoretical, experimental and computational neuroscience as well as with theories of perception and consciousness;
  • have experience with academic teaching in the subject field.

Furthermore we expect you to:

  • acquire sufficient fluency in the Dutch language within four years of the appointment;
  • follow a didactic training trajectory, which should lead up to completion of a certificate qualifying yourself for academic teaching (basiskwalificatie onderwijs, BKO) within two years.

Our offer

You will be offered a permanent contract, after an initial temporary contract, the probation period of two years, during which you should show your competence in science and teaching.

The salary, depending on relevant work experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be minimal €3,637 (scale 11) to maximal €5,656 (scale 12) gross per month, based on full-time employment (38 hours a week). These amounts are exclusive 8 % holiday allowance and 8,3 % end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Then find out more about working at the Faculty of Science.

About the Faculty of Science and SILS

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 6,500, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) is one of the Faculty of Science’s largest institutes. Its approximately 240 scientists and staff members work in 16 research groups that perform excellent research centred on three themes:

  1. Cell & Sytems Biology;
  2. Neurosciences,
  3. Microbiology, and
  4. Green Life Sciences.


Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact:prof. Cyriel M.A. Pennartz, phone: + 31 20 525 7618 or email:

  • prof. Cyriel M.A. Pennartz
    T: +31 (0)20 525 7618 

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your CV and cover letter by 2 April 2020. You may apply online by using the link below.

Your application must include a CV (including contact details of two academic referees) and a letter of motivation. Please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience. #LI-DNP


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