PhD Candidate in Understanding Primate Vision under Naturalistic Conditions Radbound University Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour Netherlands

PhD Candidate: Understanding Primate Vision under Naturalistic Conditions (1.0 FTE)




FSW/Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour

Vacancy number: 24.37.19

Application deadline: 16 June 2019



As a PhD candidate in AI/Cognitive Neuroscience, you will work on combining rich naturalistic stimuli with high-density neurophysiological recordings and contemporary artificial neural networks to significantly improve our understanding of neuronal response properties in V1 and V4. Your primary responsibilities will be designing experiments to acquire neurophysiological data and analysing them with novel and sophisticated computational models that you will develop by leveraging state-of-the-art differentiable programming/neural network libraries/paradigms. You will also be responsible for disseminating your research output in the form of high-impact papers, well curated datasets and toolboxes.


This project is embedded in the research theme ’Neural Computation and Neurotechnology’ of the Donders Institute and will be carried out in collaboration with the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience. It offers the opportunity to conduct world-class research as a key member of an interdisciplinary team working at the intersection of artificial intelligence and cognitive neuroscience.


You will be part of the Donders Graduate School for Cognitive Neuroscience.


Work environment

The Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour is a world-class interfaculty research centre, housing more than 600 researchers devoted to understanding the mechanistic underpinnings of the human mind. Research at the Donders Institute is focused around four themes: 1. Language and communication, 2. Perception, action and control, 3. Plasticity and memory, 4. Brain networks and neuronal communication. Excellent, state-of-the-art research facilities are available for the broad range of neuroscience research that is conducted at the Donders Institute. Recently, the Donders Institute was assessed by an international evaluation committee as ‘excellent’ and recognised as a ‘very stimulating environment for top researchers, as well as for young talent’. The Donders Institute fosters a collaborative, multidisciplinary, supportive research environment with a diverse international staff. English is the lingua franca at the Institute.


What we expect from you

a Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning and/or Biology/Neuroscience (preferably with coursework from both fields);

demonstrable experience with differentiable programming/neural network libraries/paradigms;

demonstrable experience with behavioural/neural data acquisition/analysis;

good command of programming languages (C#, Python);

high proficiency in spoken and written English;

strong communication and organisational skills.

What we have to offer

employment: 1.0 FTE;

the gross starting salary amounts to €2,325 per month, and will increase to €2,972 in the fourth year (P scale);

in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus;

term of contract: you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years;

University job profile: PhD Candidate (Promovendus);

you will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service where our Dual Career Officer will assist with family related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation.

Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?


Other Information

The intended start date is 1 September 2019.


Would you like to know more?

Further information on: Artificial Cognitive Systems

Further information on: Cognitive Artificial Intelligence

Further information on: Theme 4: Neural Computation and Neurotechnology


For more information about this vacancy, please contact:

Dr. U. Güçlü, Assistant Professor

Telephone: +31 24 361 11 157



Prof. M. van Gerven, Professor

Telephone: +31 24 365 59 31


Are you interested?

You should upload your application (attn. of Dr. U. Güçlü) exclusively using the button 'Apply' below. Your application should include (and be limited to) the following attachment(s):


Letter of motivation


The interviews will take place on Tuesday 25 June 2019.

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