Assistant Coordinator in Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience

Faculty of Science – Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences

Publication date
28 February 2017
Level of education
Salary indication
€2,552 to €3,671 gross per month, based on 38 hours per week
Closing date
1 April 2017
30,4 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 candidate for a scientific management position, under a recently acquired grant which is part of the Human Brain Project. The candidate will play an important supportive and proactive role in managing scientific projects, including scientific communication, reporting, organization and quality assurance.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

Recently the University of Amsterdam was assigned the task of coordinating and leading the Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience (SCN) Subproject of the EU FET Flagship 'Human Brain Project'. This project is one of the first two Flagships launched by the EU and is unique worldwide in its magnitude, scope and ambition in unravelling brain and mind. In relation to this task, the main functions associated with this position are to support the head of the Cognitive & Systems Neuroscience group in scientific management activities, pertaining to our 18 international partners in the SCN Subproject and in coordination with other Subprojects. These activities include the support of scientific leadership and quality control to promote scientific excellence and interdisciplinary collaboration, and to help design optimal strategies for research, innovation, education and outreach. The activities also include coordination and fine-tuning of Subproject activities with other members of the Cognitive & Systems Neuroscience group. As such, the candidate will closely collaborate not only with the group head, but also with the administrative team and group staff members involved in Human Brain Project activities.


Applicants should hold a Msc or PhD degree in experimental or theoretical neuroscience, although related fields, including computer science, engineering, mathematics or biophysics, will also be considered. The candidate is required to have strong organizational and managing skills and be fluent in English. Experience and affinity with cognition, electrophysiology and systems neuroscience, computer simulations of neural processes and/or neural data analysis are important assets for this position. 

Further information

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


The appointment is for 0,8 FTE and will be on a temporary basis to 31 March 2018. The appointment may be extended with about 5 months if the deadline of the project will be postponed. The Scientific Manager is expected to fulfill some duties in coordinating teaching at Bsc and Msc levels and coordinating work of PhD candidates. The gross monthly salary will be maximal €3,671 euro per month based on a full time employment (scale 10 or 11, depending on CV). The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.

Job application

Applications may only be submitted by electronic mail by sending your application to

To process your application immediately, please quote vacancy number 17-087 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 academic referees. 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 1 April 2017.

No agencies please

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