Doctoral / PhD student Reading training in hemianopsia a randomized controlled trial 1.0 fte (219292)
University of Groningen Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Doctoral / PhD student Reading training in hemianopsia a randomized controlled trial 1.0 fte (219292)




The University of Groningen is one of the top European research universities and is internationally oriented. The university is socially active and feels committed to its environment. In a wide range of disciplines, researchers and teachers practice their profession from a scientific passion. Everyone is enabled to get the best out of themselves. The talent, ambition and performance of the 31,000 students and 5,600 employees are honored as much as possible.


The vacancy is at the Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences, basic unit of Clinical and Developmental Neuropsychology.


The Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences (GMW) is a knowledge center that focuses on people. The faculty deals with issues concerning people as individuals, the mutual relationships of people and society as a whole. Psychological research within the Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences is housed in the Heymans Institute.

The faculty strives for a leading position in researching and solving social issues and problems that people experience in their daily lives. Our ambition is to develop and evaluate scientifically supported interventions, in consultation with social parties. We want to expand the faculty infrastructure for empirical scientific research to an international top level.


Within the Clinical and Developmental Neuropsychology unit, research is conducted into patients with neurological disorders, developmental disorders and visual disorders. The research focuses on the nature of these disorders, on the effects of treatments and on the consequences of these disorders for participation in society.


Job description

The proposed research focuses on the effects of reading training in people with hemianopsia. Hemianopsia is a form of visual field loss and one of the most common consequences of stroke in the back of the brain. People with hemianopsia can experience many reading problems, such as reading more slowly, making more mistakes, getting tired faster and understanding the text less well. As reading plays an important role in many daily activities, the impact of reading problems on the quality of life can be huge. Fortunately, the rehabilitation options are increasing and various reading training courses are being developed.


This project examined the effectiveness of two reading courses, Vistra and rotated read:

• aim of Vistra is that someone with visual field loss learn to eye movements required during reading so to adjust to less disruption of the visual field loss is experienced

• rotated at reading, the reading direction is rotated, for example diagonally or vertically, so that someone with a visual field loss can better see the text.


The design of the study makes it possible to measure the effect of the training sessions relative to a control group, but also to compare the effect of the training sessions. With the help of a follow-up measurement, it is investigated whether any effects are also permanent. An important part of the outcome measures focuses on the effects of the training on daily activities and the quality of life. It is also investigated which factors (including neuropsychological) influence the training effects.


Within this research there is close collaboration with Bartiméus and Koninklijke Visio, two recognized centers of expertise for blind and partially sighted people in the Netherlands. The aforementioned reading courses are offered at different locations by employees of these centers. The data collection takes place at different places in the Netherlands, which requires the PhD student to travel.


Your duties as a researcher include:

• writing scientific journal articles with an academic dissertation as the ultimate goal

• conducting literature research to find out what is already known about reading in people with hemianopsia

• submitting ideas for adjustments to training protocols and data collection based on studied literature and experience gained

• preparing and conducting scientific research (including performing effect measurements on clients)

• analyzing the data.


Furthermore, your function consists of following compulsory and optional education, project management tasks, presenting the research results at national and international conferences and providing education at the faculty.


Job requirements

You are intrinsically motivated to do scientific research in a clinical setting

no later than September 2019 you have a Masters degree in Psychology, Biomedical Technology, Artificial Intelligence or an equivalent scientific education relevant to this project

it is important that you have good social and clinical skills; in this study you will come into contact with patients with a neurological disorder that can have a major impact on the quality of life and social participation

it is important that you have an independent work attitude, that you can plan well and that you can also work together in a multidisciplinary team; in this research you work together with healthcare professionals, technicians, other researchers and students

you have demonstrable affinity with conducting, (statistically) analyzing and reporting on research

you can communicate excellently in Dutch and in English, both orally and in writing; we also think it is important that you can properly explain your research to a general audience.

Terms of employment

We offer in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement Dutch Universities:


a salary, depending on education and experience, from a minimum of € 2,325 gross per month in the first year to a maximum of € 2,972 gross per month in the last appointment year at full working time

a holiday allowance of 8% and 8.3% year-end bonus and flexible secondary employment conditions via the Employment Conditions Selection Model

a temporary appointment of 1.0 FTE for a total of four years that must be concluded by means of an individual dissertation. You will first receive a one-year appointment. Your performance will be assessed within that year and if the suitability turns out, the appointment will be extended by the remaining part of the process.

Effective date: 1 September 2019



Are you interested in this vacancy? You can apply by sending your letter of application with curriculum vitae, grade lists and the contact details of two referees by no later than 29 May 2019 using the application form.


The interviews will take place on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in Groningen.


In the week of 10 June 2019 you will be informed whether you are invited for this.


The RUG is an inclusive organization: a versatile employer for all groups in society. We therefore welcome a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds and knowledge. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the NVP application code, and the Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers, / charter / code of the European Commission.


Acquisition is not appreciated.



For information you can contact:


Dr. GA (Gera) de Haan, 050-3637601 (sec.),

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