NIHC – PhD student in Neuroscience – deadline: 17 January 2011


Job description
The PhD student will test the hypothesis that the structural, functional and effective connections in the brain of adults with ADHD and of healthy controls are different. The PhD student will also investigate if the connections, in which these differences localize, are heritable, and if genetic variants in connectivity genes impact on the ADHD-relevant brain connections in patients and/or healthy individuals, and in this way impact on cognition and disease risk. The project is aimed at making a substantial contribution to the knowledge about a) the development of tools to investigate different types of brain connectivity, b) how brain connectivity is affected in ADHD, and c) how ADHD genes affect brain connectivity.

Scans the participants (together with a second PhD student)
Optimizes and develops new methodology for the analysis of brain connectivity (structural, functional and effective) and use in genetics studies

Master in neuroscience or comparable

  • Strong background in systems level neuroscience/neuroimaging
  • Good programming skills (Matlab)
  • Strong interest in molecular genetics, high affinity with fundamental research related to human disease
  • Interest in working with ADHD patients, good communicational skills
  • Highly motivated to work in an interdisciplinary environment at the cutting edge of science

Conditions of employment
Temporary 4 years 36 hrs per week Salary level  10A: maximal € 2,673 gross per month

Maximum all-in yearly salary on full time basis is € 37,700 gross

UMC St Radboud

Human Genetics
The Department of Human Genetics provides counseling and diagnostics for patients with inherited and acquired diseases. The research groups perform cutting-edge studies to investigate the relationship between genes and diseases, in particular cancer, deafness, blindness, mental retardation, and congenital abnormalities. State-of-the-art facilities are available for sequence-, genescan-, linkage-, and microarray analyses.

Additional information
Prof. dr. David Norris, Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, [email protected], +31 (0) 24 3610649

Dr. Barbara Franke, groupleader Researchlab Multifactorial Diseases, [email protected], +31 (0) 24 3610181

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