Postdoctoral researcher

The Spinoza Centre is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to develop innovative imaging methods to better visualize the human cerebellum using 7T MRI.

The cerebellum is an intricately folded brain region positioned behind the brainstem. Although traditionally somewhat overlooked in neuroimaging, its role in many important brain functions has recently led to increased interest. The thin cortex and high degree of folding mean that only very high resolution, high quality imaging suffices for cerebellar cortical segmentation or laminae visualization. The postdoc researcher will implement advanced MR sequences to better image this fascinating brain region.


The ideal candidate will hold a PhD in Physics, biomedical imaging or related field. We are looking for a committed researcher with a solid background in MRI physics. Experience with multi-channel transmit systems and sequence development are highly desirable. The position is ideal for those seeking opportunities to contribute to neuroscience in human subjects.

Spinoza Centre

The Spinoza Centre (SC) for Neuroimaging is a Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences institute and a unique initiative by the Amsterdam neuroscience and cognition community to strengthen its infrastructural base and to serve its frontline research. SC aims to provide deep and mechanistic insights into brain function in health and disease by focussing on the mesoscopic organisation scale that bridges the microscopic (cellular) and macroscopic (brain area) organisation scales of the human brain. SC has a unique focus on and bridging function between cognitive neuroscience, i.e. the neural mechanisms underlying human cognition and behaviour, and clinical neuroscience, i.e. the neural mechanisms underlying diseases and disorders of the human brain. The SC offers a resourceful and stimulating scientific environment. The SC houses 3T and 7T whole-body Philips scanners that are fully dedicated to research.


You will be appointed by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). The appointment is in total for 20 months. Initially, the candidate will be appointed for 6 months followed by an evaluation after which the contracted is extended for another 14 months. The starting data is October 1st, 2019.


This will be commensurate with experience and institutional guidelines based on the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities; CAO NU) in scale 10. Full time monthly salary is 2.709,- to 4.274,- euro before taxes. A 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% year-end bonus are excluded. We offer an extensive package of fringe benefits.

We strive for a workforce that reflects the diversity in society in terms of, among other things, age, sex, sexual orientation and cultural background. We would appreciate receiving letters from candidates who might widen the diversity of our team.


The Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging is located next to the Netherlands Institute of Neuroscience (KNAW) on the campus of the Amsterdam Medical Centre (AMC), Meibergdreef 75, 1105 BK Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Inquiries and application

Inquiries about this position and applications should be emailed to (Dr. Wietske van der Zwaag). In the application, please include a curriculum vitae, names and contact information of two references and a statement that summarizes experience, accomplishment and research interests. Applications can be sent until August 1st, 2019. Interviews will take place late August.

Any acquisition further to this advertisement will not be appreciated