Assistant professor in Computational Neuroscience

Faculty of Science – Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences

Publication date
28 February 2017
Level of education
Salary indication
€3,427 to €5,330 gross per month
Closing date
15 April 2017
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) is one of the largest institutes of the Faculty of Science. Its approximately 240 scientists and staff members work in 16 research groups that perform excellent research centred on three themes: 1) Cell & Systems Biology, 2) Neurosciences, and 3) Molecular Life Sciences.

The Cognitive & Systems Neuroscience group is seeking a highly qualified and motivated Assistant Professor to conduct collaborative research and teaching in Computational Neuroscience. The candidate will focus on computational modelling in the context of a recently proposed theoretical framework on representation, consciousness and multimodal integration in the brain, and will in addition develop methods for advanced analyses of neural data gathered by e.g. ensemble recordings and population imaging with cellular resolution.

Job description

The first key objective of this position is to conduct research and teaching in computational modelling in a framework defined by multisensory integration, construction and neural coding of representations in different brain states, including consciousness, sleep and anesthesia. Secondly, data analysis will be advanced by methods outlined by related key words such as population coding, coherence and communication, measures of integration and information transfer, attractor dynamics and representational capacity. These research topics will be reflected in teaching at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels, connecting Computational Neuroscience with systems and cognitive neuroscience subjects such as perception, memory, decision-making and awareness. The Assistant Professor will connect his/her work to other experimental and theoretical work performed in Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience and related groups at SILS. Additional objectives of this position are to support programming activities (mostly in Matlab/Python), data exchange with collaborating labs and management of research and teaching.


Applicants should hold a PhD degree in computational neuroscience or related field, including machine learning, mathematics, physics or biomedical engineering. They have postdoctoral research experience in this field as testified by significant publications. Candidates are further required to have a strong background in theoretical neuroscience, and express their competence in computational neuroscience through experience in programming, neural simulation, theoretical models, neural data analysis, high-performance computing and web-based tools. Demonstrable experience and affinity with multi-neuron recordings and related neurophysiology, cognition and systems neuroscience are important assets for this position. Experience in academic teaching in the subject field is mandatory and the candidate should be able to teach in the Dutch language after 3 years of employment. Affinity with management, organization and engagement in large-scale European research consortia is preferred.

All permanent staff are required to have a University teaching qualification (the so-called BasisKwalificatie Onderwijs, BKO). If the successful candidate does not yet have this qualification, it should be obtained during the probation period.

Further information

Enquiries about the position or any request for additional information may be directed to:


The vacancy is for a permanent position. According to standard university policies this implies that experienced scientists will be offered a permanent contract, after an initial temporary appointment, the probation period, of 2 years. During this period the candidate should show his/her competence in science and teaching. There will be three assessment conversations during this period and if these are satisfactory the contract will be converted into a permanent appointment.

Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from €3,427 to €5,330, (scale 11 or 12, depending on experience and expertise). The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.

Job application

Applications may only be submitted by electronic mail and should be sent to: To enable us to process your application immediately, please quote vacancy number 17-085 and the position you are applying for in the subject-line.

Applications must include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a cover letter of motivation and the names and contact details of two previous employers and/or supervisors. Please combine all documents in one single attachment and also mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience.

Applications will be accepted until 15 April 2017.

No agencies please

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