PhD Candidate: Motor Learning in Development

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Comeniuslaan, Nijmegen, Gelderland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

In the first years of life, infants and young toddlers acquire basic motor skills such as rolling over, reaching and grasping, sitting up, crawling, and walking. They attain these motor milestones in an impressively short ...

Functieomschrijving

In the first years of life, infants and young toddlers acquire basic motor skills such as rolling over, reaching and grasping, sitting up, crawling, and walking. They attain these motor milestones in an impressively short amount of time. There are, however, considerable individual differences in the age of onset and mastering of these skills. You will be embedded in a larger project which aims to explain these individual differences and differences in individual developmental trajectories. As part of this larger project, you will conduct a series of experiments focusing on the relation between motor development and a variety of factors, for example, multisensory integration, adaptability, transfer and retention of novel skills, age, and the neurocognitive underpinnings of motor skills.

The experimental work will be conducted at the Baby Research Center (BRC) of Radboud University. You will be supervised by dr. Janny Stapel and prof. Pieter Medendorp. You will be based at Radboud University, but research visits to collaborators at Uppsala University (Sweden) are planned.

Functie-eisen

You should hold a degree in cognitive psychology, human movement sciences, artificial intelligence, (developmental) neuroscience or related disciplines. Furthermore, you should have a strong motivation for fundamental research. Experience with conducting experiments with adults or young children will be advantageous. Advanced data analysis or programming skills are relevant for the position. A good command of spoken and written English is essential. It is important that you speak Dutch or are willing to learn it.

Conditions

the total duration of the contract is 4 years. You will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years
- you will be classified as a PhD student (promovendus) in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO).
the gross starting salary amounts to €2,191 per month based on full-time employment, and will increase to €2,801 per month in the fourth year

Additional information

Dr. Janny C. Stapel
j.c.stapel@donders.ru.nl

www.ru.nl/donders/research/theme-2-perception/ ; www.babyresearchcenter.nl ; www.sensorimotorlab.com/

Radboud University

Bedrijfsomschrijving

Strategically located in Europe, Radboud University is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. A place with a personal touch, where top-flight education and research take place on a beautiful green campus in modern buildings with state-of-art facilities. Faculty of Social Sciences You will work in an interdisciplinary team of developmental psychologists, cognitive psychologists, neuroscientists and computer scientists at the Donders Institute and Baby Research Center. The project will be part of the Donders research theme ‘Perception, Action and Control’ and will be embedded in the Centre for Cognition of the Donders Institute (DI).

The DI was assessed as ‘excellent’ by an international evaluation committee in the last research evaluation, and was recognised as a 'very stimulating environment for top researchers, as well as for young talent'.

The DI is a state-of-the art cognitive neuroscience institute with a multidisciplinary approach. It offers excellent research facilities, including a large infant lab (www.babyresearchcenter.nl), advanced EEG and eye movement registration, and motion tracking labs. The Donders Institute is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and as such encourages applications from women and minorities. The Radboud University offers a parental leave scheme and day care on campus.

No commercial propositions please.

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