PhD Fellowships in Brain Development & Addiction 2021, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands

Publish Date: Jun 14, 2021

Deadline: Jun 16, 2021

Adolescence marks rapid surges in alcohol and cannabis addiction, but also remarkable recovery rates, as most adolescent addictions naturally resolve over time. Brain development holds an import key to understanding the brain’s recovery potential. Within a multidisciplinairy ERC-funded project that aims to unravel addiction risk and resilience in adolescents and adults, two PhD candidates will jointly conduct a longitudinal neuroimaging study in adolescent and adult alcohol and cannabis users. The PhD candidates will work in close collaboration with each other under supervision of Janna Cousijn, and also collaborate with other project members who will conduct parallel rodent studies. The PhD candidates will be responsible for protocol development, participant recruitment, and data collection, management and analysis. Measures of brain activity, connectivity and structure will eventually be combined with behavioral data to test the predictive value of social and cognitive processes for changes in cannabis and alcohol abuse over time. As such, the PhD candidate will learn to handle different modalities of neuroimaging data. Besides research related activity, the PhD candidate will also be involved in the supervision of student research projects. We aim to start the project in September 2021.


The PhD candidates are expected to hold a MSc degree in psychology, neuroscience, psychobiology, or a related field. Strong analytical skills, neuroimaging experience, an interest in the neuroscience of brain development and addiction, and a good command of written and spoken English are prerequisite. All interaction with participants will be in Dutch and we will aim to hire at least one native Dutch speaking PhD candidate. Affinity with programming (e.g., R, Matlab, Python, Presentation) is considered an advantage. Moreover, good communication skills, team spirit and a flexible work attitude are important assets.


Internationally-oriented and varied work within an enthusiastic team, with attractive fringe benefits in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU). Your initial employment term will be one year, but this may be extended with a period of four years if your performance proves satisfactory. Your remuneration is based on salary scale P (CAO NU), starting with EUR 2.395. Erasmus University Rotterdam offers attractive terms of employment, including a holiday allowance of 8%, a year-end payment of 8.3% and 41 annual leave days in case of a full work week. In addition, EUR takes part in the ABP pension scheme, and we also offer partially paid parental leave. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Moreover, EUR staff members are allowed to make use of the EUR facilities, including the Erasmus sports centre and the University Library. We value diversity and believe that a diversity of talents contributes to our vision and strategy to excel as a university on research and education. This means that we are looking for a person who can complement our team well.

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