PhD Position: Motor Learning in Alzheimer’s Disease

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

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

Progressive memory loss is a defining feature of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the most common cause of dementia. While AD is characterised by impaired explicit memory, procedural learning may be relatively intact. Motor learning is ...

Functieomschrijving

Progressive memory loss is a defining feature of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the most common cause of dementia. While AD is characterised by impaired explicit memory, procedural learning may be relatively intact. Motor learning is a form of procedural learning. Evidence suggests that AD patients are still able to learn new motor skills, but the underlying mechanisms are unknown. In this project, we will use psychophysics and MRI imaging techniques to examine how behavioural mechanisms of motor learning in Alzheimer patients relate to brain integrity and activity indices.

Functie-eisen

Preference will be given to candidates with an MSc in cognitive neuroscience, biomedical science or engineering, movement sciences, or a related field, who are highly motivated to conduct challenging interdisciplinary empirical and model-driven research. Experience with psychophysical and neuroimaging techniques and patient studies as well as strong programming skills and a demonstrable affinity with quantitative data analysis (e.g. Matlab, SPM) are highly desirable. Given the interaction with cognitively impaired patients, you should be able to communicate in Dutch.

Conditions

the starting salary is €2,191 per month on a full-time basis, the salary will increase to €2,801 per month in the fourth year (p scale)
- you will be classified as a Promovendus in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO)
- you will be appointed as a PhD student 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.

Additional information

Prof. Pieter Medendorp
+31 24 3616041
p.medendorp@donders.ru.nl

Prof. Roy Kessels
+31 24 3612541
r.kessels@donders.ru.nl

www.ru.nl/donders/research/theme-2-perception/sensorimotor/ ; www.ru.nl/donders/research/theme-3-plasticity/neuropsychology/ ; www.ru.nl/donders/graduate-school/

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 The Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour focuses on state-of-the-art cognitive neuroscience, using a multidisciplinary approach, and offers excellent lab and neuroimaging facilities, PhD supervision and courses, and technical support. The project will be embedded in two Donders research themes: Perception, Action and Control (Prof. Medendorp’s group, www.sensorimotorlab.nl) and Plasticity and Memory (Prof. Kessels’ group). Prof. Kessels also works for the Radboud Alzheimer Center. The project will be embedded in the Centre for Cognition of the Donders Institute, which is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences, one of the largest faculties of Radboud University (Nijmegen, Netherlands).
The institute offers excellent research facilities, such as advanced EEG and eye-movement registration, lab space, excellent access to fMRI and other neuroimaging facilities and an in-house technical workshop. 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.

No commercial propositions please.

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