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Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands invites online Application for number of  Fully Funded PhD Degree at various Departments. We are providing a list of Fully Funded PhD Programs available at Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands.

Eligible candidate may Apply as soon as possible.


(01) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Candidate: Computational/Cognitive Neuroscience at the Predictive Brain Lab of the Donders Institute

As a PhD candidate you will use a computational approach to model and predict neural responses within the human visual system as well as behavioural performance, and test the neural and behavioural implications of different predictive neural architectures. The experimental and computational work will be conducted at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at Radboud University (Nijmegen, Netherlands). You will be supervised by a team of computational and cognitive neuroscientists with complementary expertise: Prof. Floris de Lange, Dr Micha Heilbron and Dr Lea-Maria Schmitt. You will be an active team member of the Predictive Brain Lab, a research group examining how the brain combines prior knowledge and incoming information to generate perceptual experience and make decisions.

Deadline : 30 June 2022

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(02) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Candidate: Realising a just and effective energy transition in challenged neighbourhoods

The JUST PREPARE project is based on co-creation of approaches and solutions for the energy transition with a forward looking dimension. You will work together with municipalities, housing corporations, residents and other relevant actors. You will contribute to developing the necessary methodological and substantive knowledge on energy practices and collaboration in challenged neighbourhoods. This is done with four living labs in different municipalities (the cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Nijmegen and the village of Gemert-Bakel). Your research will mainly focus on Nijmegen and Gemert-Bakel. The emphasis is on challenged households (sometimes labelled as underprivileged neighbourhoods), which are suffering from high energy prices, problematic access to solutions and lower degrees of involvement. This might lead to uneven distribution of costs and benefits and makes these households extra vulnerable in the process of the energy transition, while these households often experience a lack of agency regarding their own life and their lived environment.

Deadline : 6 June 2022

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(03) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Candidate: Wetland Restoration and Management Trade-offs Between Biodiversity and Carbon Sequestration

Your PhD research will aim at identifying wetland-specific options for restoration that minimise trade-offs among carbon storage, biomass production, biodiversity, and water- or nutrient-related regulation ecosystem services. You will be working in the European Wet Horizons Research Consortium. Your primary goal is to quantify trade-offs between biodiversity, climate regulation and ecosystem services (biomass, water, nutrients) and potential abatements of trade-offs (e.g. water management, paludiculture). You will blend information on best restoration practices regarding management dilemmas and mitigation of trade-offs, using data collated from restoration projects, as well as new empirical data. You will conduct fieldwork at the project’s restoration sites collecting empirical data on biodiversity, carbon storage, GHG emissions, nutrient release and water quality. Working with interdisciplinary teams you will validate BioScore’s model with your own empirical data collected from field sites in the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Denmark (and beyond). Your work will directly contribute to indicators (no-regret scores), which will be tailor-made to the needs of management agencies and stakeholders, helping them to identify options for large-scale restoration of wetlands, peatlands and floodplains that minimise trade-offs (using the SERVI-PEAT Decision Support Tool provided by the project partners). To amplify the impact of your PhD research, you will be given the opportunity to explore novel ideas and to break new ground in the field of wetland restoration and peatland rewetting.

Deadline : 15 June 2022

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(04) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Candidate: Responsible Technology Selection and Usage in Schools

We are looking for a PhD candidate to investigate how Dutch secondary schools currently select and use digital technologies, and how they can be assisted in safeguarding these values and norms in their decisions through organisational and technical interventions. To this end, a mixed-methods approach is foreseen including interviews, literature analysis, surveys and choice experiments. The project will combine the disciplinary perspectives of ethics, law, social sciences and design science in studying how ethical, technical and legal factors translate into organisational responsibilities around technology selection and use. 

Deadline : 31 May 2022

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(05) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Candidate: Societal Implications of Artificial Intelligence at the Donders Centre for Cognition

The PhD project will develop an RM prototype that will provide feedback on joint human-DSS decisions, increasing the involvement of humans in the decision-making process. RMs improve human oversight by asking questions about the possible reasoning behind accepting or rejecting a recommendation. As a PhD candidate you will work on four subprojects: (1) Deriving design requirements from EU regulations such as the GDPR, the AI Act, and ethical codes such as developed by the EU High-Level Expert Group on trustworthy AI. (2) Specifying how RMs can intervene in decision-making by utilising insights from cognitive psychology and neuroscience regarding human decision-making while being supported by AI. This will involve working with the ‘Nijmegen Decision Tool’, a DSM developed for estimating treatment outcomes for chronic low back pain (CLBP) at the Radboud university medical center and Sint Maartenskliniek. (3) Developing a prototype implementation of an RM in the medical domain of CLBP on the basis of (1) and (2), such that its effects on automation complacency can be measured. The RM should produce output in the form of questions that prompt the physician to reflect on the decision more deeply. (4) Exploring the RM’s functionality and user experiences, by investigating the effects of the RM prototype on the quality of decision-making (e.g. accuracy and efficiency), the potential interference with workflow, and satisfaction levels regarding the overall decision-making process. All projects will result in deliverables such as publications in international peer-reviewed journals and/or conference contributions. A small part of the available time (max. 0.2 FTE) will be devoted to teaching activities, such as guest lectures and Bachelor’s and Master’s thesis supervision, within the context of the AI educational programme.

Deadline : 8 June 2022

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(06) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Candidate: Neurocognitive Mechanism Underlying Social Interaction Effects on Infant Attention at the Donders Centre for Cognition

This PhD project focuses on the question of how social interaction early in life can shape infants’ attention development. We will use a unique combination of methods such as looking measures, motion-tracking, infant EEG, and computational modelling to better understand infant-caregiver interactions and their role for infants’ attention. As PhD candidate you will use a combined cognitive (neuro-)science and developmental science approach and implement techniques such as infant EEG, computational modelling, and motion-tracking to address your research questions. The experimental work will be conducted at the Baby and Child Research Center (BRC) and Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at Radboud University (Nijmegen, Netherlands). You will be supervised by a team of scientists with complementary expertise: Dr Marlene Meyer (developmental cognitive neuroscience, main supervisor), Prof Sabine Hunnius (developmental psychology), Prof Judith Holler (multimodal communication and social interaction), Dr Max Hinne (computational modelling, artificial intelligence) and external collaborator Prof Sam Wass (attention development). You will be an active team member of the BabyBRAIN lab, a research group examining the developmental mechanisms and neurocognitive changes underlying early social and cognitive development.

Deadline : 5 June 2022

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(07) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Candidate: GIS Analysis and Spatial Modelling of Urban Heat, Health and Ecosystem Disservices

As a successful PhD candidate, you will be expected to analyse and model the effect of built environment characteristics on the indoor and outdoor climate in relation to heat stress for vulnerable groups, water quality and plant pollen diversity using vulnerability mapping and spatial modelling. This will enable you to monitor and predict the positive (i.e. services) and negative (i.e. disservices) effects of blue and green interventions. You will then integrate the resulting models into a decision support system co-designed with end users and other experts.

Deadline : 30 May 2022

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(08) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Candidate: Development and Teaching of Literacy for Children with Complex Communication Needs

The project called ‘Development and Teaching of Literacy for Children with Complex Communication Needs’ is aimed at gaining insight into the process of literacy development and teaching for children and teenagers who are non-speaking. Most of them have multiple developmental disabilities (any combination of intellectual, sensory, and / or motor disability) and rely on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC; e.g. manual signs, speech generating devices, body language, and graphic and tangible symbols). Next to the development of communication and language skills, functional literacy skills are of great importance for participation and inclusion, in education and in the broader society.

Deadline : 15 June 2022

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(09) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Candidate: Assessing Children’s Deep Reading Comprehension Processes and Outcomes

We are looking for a PhD candidate on the joined Stichting Cito/ BSI project ‘Assessing Children’s Deep Reading Comprehension Processes and Outcomes’.  The aim of the project is to validate a measure of reading comprehension in primary school children in which the outcome of the reading process, the situation model, is assessed. The focus is on comprehension of narrative and expository texts, and on not only the reading outcome, but also on the reading process (such as inattention during reading/mind wandering).

Deadline :  1 June 2022

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(10) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Candidate in Glycobiology and Biomolecular Chemistry

The Biomolecular Chemistry Department is looking for a PhD candidate to decode and rewrite the biological information conveyed by glycans. The focus will be on understanding and directing glycan interactions in the immune system and with the intestinal microbiome. As a PhD candidate, you will develop novel tools to read the biological information of glycans and apply CRISPR-based gene editing to rewrite this information in human cell systems. You will develop glycoengineered cells and use them as ‘mini factories’ for the production of custom-designed glycans and glycoproteins and study their effects on immune and microbiome interactions. To this end, you will apply molecular biology and biochemistry techniques and develop novel types of glycan binding assays. Ultimately, your research will be applied to restore healthy interactions with glycan-binding receptors in the immune system and microbiome in the context of inflammation and autoimmunity.

Deadline : 31 May 2022

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About Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands  –Official Website

Radboud University is a public research university located in Nijmegen, Netherlands. The university bears the name of Saint Radboud, a 9th century Dutch bishop who was known for his intellect and support of the underprivileged.

Established in 1923, Radboud University has consistently been included in the top 150 of universities in the world by four major university ranking tables. As of 2020, it ranks 105th in the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities. Internationally, RU is known for its strong research output. In 2019, 447 PhD degrees were awarded, and 7.571 scientific articles were published. To bolster the international exchange of academic knowledge, Radboud University joined the Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities in 2016.

Located on a green campus in the southern Heyendaal neighbourhood of Nijmegen, the campus houses 7 faculties that conduct teaching and research in Arts, Law, Management, Medical Sciences, Social Sciences and Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies. In addition to these faculties, the campus also hosts the Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics, a world class research centre devoted to the understanding of human language and communication.

Among its alumni Radboud University counts 12 Spinoza Prize laureates and 1 Nobel Prize laureate, Sir Konstantin Novoselov, the discoverer of graphene. Other notable alumni include former Prime Minister of the Netherlands Dries van Agt, former chairman of Unilever Marijn Emmanuel Dekkers, influential priest and theologian Henri Nouwen, and First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans. Former students have also won 3 Olympic medals since 2000 (all in rowing).





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