Postdoctoral researcher in cross-cultural neuroimaging of cannabis dependence

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences – Department of Psychology

Publication date
6 June 2018
Level of education
Salary indication
€3,475 to €4,757 gross per month
Closing date
30 June 2018
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The Department of Psychology is part of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG), the largest educational and research institution in the social sciences in the Netherlands. The Faculty serves 7500 students in numerous Bachelor and Master programs in Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Communication Science, Social Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, and Educational Sciences. Psychology is situated centrally in Amsterdam, and hosts program groups focusing on social, organizational, developmental, clinical, statistical, and cognitive psychology. It offers excellent facilities for undertaking research in a broad range of areas, including a range of psychophysiological, behavioural, EEG and TMS laboratories, as well as a 3T and 7T MRI scanner.

Project description

The personal and societal burden associated with cannabis use disorders (CUDs) is in sharp contrast with our limited knowledge of the underlying mechanisms. Moreover, there is growing worldwide concern surrounding the impact of changes in cannabis legalization on CUDs. The goal of this longitudinal neuroimaging study is to identify reliable neurobiological mechanisms in two independent cohorts of individuals with CUD, and test whether cannabis culture moderates these brain-behavior associations. This project will be a team effort, conducted in close collaboration with the University of Texas Dallas. Together with a PhD student, you will be primary responsible for conducting and managing the fMRI study in Amsterdam, maintaining close contact with the Dallas site. You will have the opportunity to supervise (PhD) students, work with existing neuroimaging data sets and perform different kind of (multimodal) fMRI analysis. Besides research related activity, you will also be involved in teaching, including supervision of student research projects and assistance in addition/neuroscience related courses.


You have:

  • a PhD in psychology or a related field such as cognitive neuroscience, psychobiology, or biomedical science;
  • neuroimaging experience;
  • a strong interest in the neuroscience of addiction and cannabis;
  • affinity with teaching;
  • strong analytical and statistical skills;
  • an excellent command of written and spoken English;
  • good project management skills;
  • excellent social skills and team spirit;
  • experience with programming (e.g., R, Matlab, Python, Presentation).

Further information

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The position starts as soon as possible, and is initially till January 2019, with possible extensions of the contract to a total of three years depending on satisfactory performance. The gross monthly salary will be between €3,475 to €4,757 (scale 11) depending on the candidate’s qualifications and experience. The UvA also knows a 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of- year allowance. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

Are you interested? You may send your application by email to before 1 July 2018. Please quote vacancy number 18-333 in the subject line of your email and include, in one assembled pdf file, the following documents:

  • a letter of interest that addresses qualifications;
  • a Curriculum Vitae;
  • the names and contact details of two scientists who are willing to provide references.


No agencies please

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