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Postdoc Position at Radboud University Medical Center

Please see posting here ( for an open postdoc position with Dr. Emma Sprooten at the Radboud University Medical Center.

Postdoc Position at VU University Medical Center

Odile van den Heuvel, MD PhD, chair of ENIGMA-OCD, has a vacant postdoc position on EEG-MRI-TMS in Amsterdam.



University of Amsterdam – Postdoctoral researcher neuroimaging of cannabis dependence
The Department of Developmental Psychology of the University of Amsterdam is hiring a 4-year Postdoc for a cross-cultural longitudinal neuroimaging study investigating the impact of cannabis use on the brain.
Job Description: The personal and societal burden associated with cannabis use disorders (CUDs) is in sharp contrast with our limited knowledge of the underlying mechanisms. Moreover, there is growing worldwide concern surrounding the impact of changes in cannabis legalization on CUDs. The goal of this longitudinal neuroimaging study is to identify reliable neurobiological mechanisms in two independent cohorts of individuals with CUD, and test whether cannabis culture moderates these brain-behavior associations. This project will be a team effort, conducted in close collaboration with the University of Texas Dallas. Together with a PhD-student, the Postdoc will be primary responsible for conducting and managing the fMRI study in Amsterdam, maintaining close contact with the Dallas site. There will be the opportunity to supervise (PhD)students, work with existing neuroimaging data sets and perform different kind of (multimodal) fMRI analysis.
Job requirements: We are looking for a PostDoc with a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology, Neuroimaging, or related disciplines. Experience with fMRI data collection and analysis, experience with recruitment and testing of young adults, excellent writing skills, and good collaboration skills are required. Knowledge of Matlab/Python programming and longitudinal data is an advantage.


Postdoctoral positions at King’s College London

Applications are invited for three Postdoctoral Research Workers to join the Centre for Population Neuroscience and Precision Medicine (PONS) at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London.

  • Postdoctoral Research Worker in Statistical Genetics/Bioinformatics or a related discipline, with expertise and/or interest in neuroimaging genetics, to analyse large adolescent behavioural neuroimaging-genetics cohorts that are both population- and patient-based to identify early markers for neural processes that predict psychopathology and allow for targeted early interventions.
  • Postdoctoral Research Worker in Computational Biology or a related discipline, with expertise and/or interest in behavioural genetics and epigenetics, to carry out computational and wet lab-based biological characterisations of neural processes involved in brain development and behaviour that were discovered in large-scale neuroimaging-genomics datasets. We are particularly interested in assessing genetic and environmental determinants of brain structure and functions related to psychopathology.
  • Postdoctoral Research Worker in Psychology or a related discipline, with expertise and/or interest in epidemiological psychology and project-coordination to investigate the effects of environmental influences, including urbanisation, on brain development and behaviour. We are interested in cross-cultural, comparative analyses in Europe, India and China.

Our work aims at investigating adolescent brain development and its relation to normal and psychopathological behaviour, including the identification of its genetic and environmental determinants. The analyses will employ state of the art stratification and prediction techniques, including deep learning methods and various sparse representational techniques. Results generated will be followed up using functional biological characterization, both in our research group (functional –omics), as well as an active international network of collaborating partners.

The research is funded by the European Research Council, the European Commission, the UK-Medical Research Council, the U.S. National Institute of Health and others, and will be based on a series of recent discoveries and methodological advances published by our group in top journals including Nature, Science, Nature Neuroscience, Molecular Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry and others.

The posts offer a unique opportunity to work with a worldwide network of collaborators and develop cutting-edge approaches in rapidly growing field of population neuroscience in one of the leading research environments in Europe and the world. We are seeking talented, energetic and

highly motivated individuals with a track record of the highest standard in their respective fields. They are expected to be experienced in several, but not all of the methods required in this programme.

The posts will be Fixed Term Contract for 18 months. Further opportunities for research in the future will also potentially be available. The salary will be paid at Grade 6, £32,958 to £39,324 per annum, Plus £2,623 per annum London Allowance. Appointments made on the basis`thesis submitted` and without doctorate awarded, will be placed on grade 5 until the award date. Grade 5, £32,004 per annum plus £2,623 London Allowance per annum.

For an informal discussion to find out more about the roles please contact Prof Gunter Schumann: or Ms Tatyana Baeva:

Postdoctoral position in psychosis studies At the NORMENT

K.G. Jebsen Research Centre for Psychosis Research, a Centre of Excellence, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo University Hospital and Diakonhjemmet Hospital, Norway, there is a position available as a postdoctoral student with employment at Diakonhjemmet hospital. The research area is psychiatric neuroimaging with focus on obstetric complications and the analysis of structural and functional, DTI and ASL MR imaging datasets with regard to developmental trajectories and genetic, environmental and phenotypic variation. Applicants should have a doctoral degree (PhD) in psychiatry or a related medical discipline, neuroimaging, computer science, bioinformatics, psychology, or equivalent. Applicants who have handed in their dissertation for evaluation are also encouraged to apply, caveat the dissertation is approved. Application deadline is June 15th, 2017. For further information and to submit an application please see the website of Diakonhjemmet Hospital’s, Oslo, Norway. Please contact Professor Ingrid Agartz for more information.

For additional details please visit:

Genetics and Neuroimaging in Barcelona (Spain)

The Barcelona βeta Brain Research Centre (BBRC), research institution of the Pasqual Maragall Foundation (PMF) and the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) invites applications for a full-time research position to study the genetic modulation of cerebral phenotypes based on genome-wide associations with neuroimaging data, as part of its clinical research program.

The primary responsibility of this position includes the analysis and interpretation of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) data in association with quantitative phenotypes extracted from neuroimaging modalities. The candidate will be working under the guidance of the Principal Investigators Roderic Guigó of the CRG and the Neuroimaging Group Principal Investigator of the BBRC, Juan-Domingo Gispert. The aim of this project is to improve our understanding of genetic modulation of cerebral phenotypes in healthy subjects and to identify spatially varying patterns of genetic control that may not be evident from summary variables.

For additional details please visit:

Postdoctoral Research Worker with IMAGEN at the IOPPN, London

The overall aim of the project is to understand brain structure, function, and disease, based on brain imaging and genomic data. The work will involve analyses of existing large behavioural neuroimaging-genetics datasets, including IMAGEN ( and ENIGMA (, as well as datasets that are currently being generated in Europe, China and India, allowing cross-cultural comparisons of brain development and behaviour in addition to the identification of genetic and environmental determinants. To achieve the goals of this programme we require a geneticist with a special expertise in molecular (epi-) genomics, statistical genomics or related field to study the genetic modulation of cerebral phenotypes based on genome-wide associations with neuroimaging data.

Successful candidates will be talented, energetic and highly motivated individuals with a strong interest in biological psychiatry and the neurosciences. They will have a track record of the highest standard in their respective fields and are expected to be experienced in several, but not all of the methods required in this programme.

Interviews are scheduled to be held shortly after the closing date. For an informal discussion to find out more about the role please contact Prof Gunter Schumann:

For detailed information for the post, please refer to the Job Pack.  To apply for this role, please go to the King’s College London HireWire Job Board and register to download and submit the specified application form.  The closing date for receipt of applications is 19th March 2017. 

PhD position a7C953CE2-A2C9-4DAD-86DD-51047DEFD2DA[52]vailable at Orygen

We have a PhD position available at Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health in Melbourne, Australia. The project focuses on neurobiological correlates underlying variation in disease profile and disease course of mood disorders in young people, using computational modeling and advanced statistical methods. We have a fully-funded PhD scholarship available for a student with a strong interest in neuroscience and mental health, with good statistical and programming skills. Please see advertisement for more information: Orygen Optymise PhD scholarship position

Faculty Position in Developmental Psychopathology and Youth Mental Health

The Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre are seeking to attract an outstanding early career researcher eligible for nomination for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair faculty position to join the Department of Psychiatry. The successful candidate will have an MD and specialty training in Psychiatry and/or a PhD in a related field or an equivalent degree. They will have a proven, early-career record of research excellence and grant funding in clinically relevant areas such: 1) identification of early determinants of psychopathology; 2) prevention and/or treatment of mental illness in youth; 3) mechanisms contributing to the development of good mental health and resilience; 4) outcomes-based evaluation of treatment methods and systems.  Please see PDF here for more details.

Submissions received before March 31, 2017 will be granted full consideration. Please send a curriculum vitae, a two page research statement, a one page description of teaching philosophy, and arrange to have three letters of reference sent under separate cover directly to Dr. Martin Alda, Chair of the Search and Selection Committee c/o Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University, PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS Canada B3H 4R2. E-mail: A complete application also includes a completed Self-Identification Questionnaire, which is available at .

Ph.D. opportunity with IMAGEN

We are looking for high quality candidates for a PhD position to work with us at Department of Experimental Psychology, Institute of Health Psychology and Society and the Institute of Risk and Uncertainty in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Deadline for applications is January 31 2017.

Our project relies on the IMAGEN European consortium, the largest scale longitudinal study to date on 2,000 adolescents with comprehensive neural, cognitive and behavioural data

The project aims to elucidate (i) the risk factors that predate the onset of cannabis use, (ii) trajectories of longitudinal change in neural connectivity in adolescent cannabis users vs non-users, (iii) the link between indices of neural connectivity and distinct cannabinoid compounds with neurotoxic and neuroprotective properties.

The large scale of the consortium, the links with world class researchers/institutions and the detailed neural/behavioural/clinical/genetic data provides an excellent platform for a competitive PhD and research output.

Ph.D. candidate in imaging and genetics in psychiatric disorders at the Donders Institute, Radboud University, the Netherlands

The selected candidate will be working on a new project led by Emma Sprooten, in close collaboration with several other members of the Enigma consortium including Profs Barbara Franke and Jan Buitelaar. 

The focus of this project can be flexible with a deeper focus on genetics or on imaging, depending on interest and experience. Please use this link to apply. Closing date is January 13th and the ideal start date is ~March 1st, but can be flexible. 

See full job description here.

Professor in imaging genetics/epigenetics in Oslo, Norway

At the Center for Lifespan Changes in Brain and Cognition (LCBC) at the University of Oslo we have an open faculty position as professor in genetics/ epigenetics. The application deadline is January 8th. The successful candidate will be offered great opportunity in building the genetics/epigenetics group within theLCBC LCBC research scope, and with funding for post docs/PhD students, travel and equipment. LCBC runs large-scale in-house longitudinal imaging studies including more than 1000 individuals, and also collaborates extensively with other groups internationally. The candidate will have the responsibility of establishing genetics/epigenetics research within LCBC, both drawing on existing data and extending the material with new data and analyses, collaborating with the existing group as well as extending it with novel studies and collaborators within the overall scope of LCBC. More information and a link to the electronic application portal is found here:

Postdoctoral position in addiction

Prof. Jacqueline Vink and Dr. Maartje Luijten (Radboud University, The Netherlands) are interested in a collaboration focusing on the combination of neuroimaging and genetic data in addictive behavior. There is a possibility to apply for an internal grant at the Radboud University (with quite good success rates) so we are looking for a post-doc (2-12 years after PhD) who would be interested to work on the ENIGMA Addiction data and combine the neuroimaging and genetics data. Please let us know if you know a post-doc who would potentially be interested to work in the Netherlands on this topic (for 2 years). For more information about the grant see: Prof. Jacqueline Vink <> Dr. Maartje Luijten <>

Postdoctoral position in early onset adolescent psychosis studyNORMENT_LOGO_ENGELSK

At the NORMENT – K.G. Jebsen Research Centre for Psychosis Research, a Centre of Excellence, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway, there is a position available as a postdoctoral student funded by the Research Council of Norway. The research area is psychiatric neuroimaging with focus on analysis of structural and functional, DTI and ASL MR imaging datasets with regard to developmental trajectories and genetic, environmental and phenotypic variation. Applicants should have a doctoral degree (PhD) in neuroimaging, computer science, bioinformatics, psychiatry, psychology or equivalent. Applicants who have handed in their dissertation for evaluation are also encouraged to apply, caveat the dissertation is approved. Application deadline is December 4th, 2016. For further information and to submit an application please see the University of Oslo’s website.

Big Data 2 Knowledge Resting-State Connectivity Research Fellowship Position – University of Maryland

cbir The Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (MPRC) invites applications for a post-doctoral position for imaging research in the area of multi-site functional connectivity analyses. MPRC, which is a part of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine, is an internationally renowned center for schizophrenia research. This position is funded by the Enhancing NeuroImaging Genetics through Meta-Analysis Consortium (ENIGMA), Big Data 2 Knowledge and Human Connectome Project (HCP) collaborations. The primary focus of this position is technical development of data homogenization and normalization approaches for multi-site resting state connectivity, followed by large-scale data analysis. We seek a candidate with a PhD or MD, with training in fMRI and strong programming and signal processing skills. Experience in resting state MRI and connectomic analyses are favorably considered. The MPRC imaging center is equipped with 3T Siemens TIM Trio scanner with 32 channel headcoil. Computational power is provided by a hybrid CPU/GPU cluster. A clinic for first episode psychosis is also located within the program. There are strong faculty representation on MR physics, MRS, DTI, fMRI, ASL, neural network modeling, and EEG, TMS, and neurophysiology areas. MPRC is the collection site for Amish Connectome in Mental Diseases Project. This position is only available to US citizens, permanent residents and international scholars. Interested applicants should send curriculum vitae with a brief statement to Peter Kochunov, PhD ( or Elliot Hong, MD ( For more information about our center (Center for Brain Imaging Research), please visit our website at

Postdoc and PhD positions in Heibelberg

The Section for Experimental Psychopathology and Neuroimaging (Head: Prof. Dr. Oliver Gruber) at the Department of General Psychiatry, Center for Psychosocial Medicine, University of Heidelberg invites applications for post-doc and PhD positions.

Our research focuses on human brain imaging of pathophysiological processes, genetic and epigenetic factors involved in the pathogenesis of psychiatric disorders, and on the investigation of neuroimaging biomarkers as diagnostic and prognostic tools for treatment optimization. Successful candidates will become part of a highly motivated multidisciplinary team and will work on multicenter research projects funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the European Union (EU) that investigate functional MRI biomarkers in patients with affective and schizophrenic disorders. Some of the positions will be filled with clinical researchers, while others require significant mathematical skills and prior experience with multivariate methods. We look for highly motivated researchers with a strong interest in biological psychiatry and the neurosciences. A degree in medicine, psychology, neuroscience, biology, mathematics, informatics, physics or related fields is required. The positions are available immediately. Applications should include a cover letter, short CV, and a list of publications. Please send your application to Prof. Dr. Oliver Gruber, Section for Experimental Psychopathology and Neuroimaging, Department of General Psychiatry, Center for Psychosocial Medicine, University Hospital Heidelberg, Voßstr. 4, 69115 Heidelberg, (preferably as PDF document). Applications will be considered until all positions have been filled.


Postdoctoral Scholar in Neuroimaging of Epilepsy and Brain Tumors

Location: UCSD Multimodal Imaging Laboratory (MMIL), UCSD Center for Translational Imaging and Precision Medicine (CTIPM) Start date: Flexible, but no later than January 2016   Seeking a full-time postdoctoral scholar to work with a multidisciplinary team of scientists on projects related to the use of multimodal imaging for improving cognitive and health outcomes in patients with epilepsy and primary brain tumors.   Our multimodal imaging team includes full-time faculty from Psychiatry, Radiology, Neurosciences, and Radiation Oncology.   This group of researchers and clinical investigators are primarily focused on integrating research imaging tools into the clinical work flow to directly and immediately improve patient outcomes.   The scholar will work closely with other postdoctoral fellows, medical residents, graduate students, research assistants, and faculty members to help develop methods, analyze structural, diffusion, and functional (fMRI) imaging data, prepare manuscripts and assist with grant applications.   The fellow should have strong programming (i.e., MATLAB) and writing skills, experience in neuroimaging or a related field, and a strong interest in pursing an academic career path. Applicants with a strong background in bioengineering, cognitive science, and/or experience working with neurological populations are encouraged to apply.   Please send application to Dr. Carrie McDonald (

PhD Position at VU University, Amsterdam

The Neuroimaging research group ( in the Brain Center Rudolf Magnus at the Division of Neuroscience of the University Medical Center Utrecht has a PhD position available within the CID programme to work on the developing brain during adolescence.

The Consortium on Individual Development (CID) aims to build a comprehensive model of how developmental differences between children arise as a result of the interplay of child characteristics and environmental factors, by filling crucial knowledge gaps on the role of brain development, effects of interventions in the environment, and intergenerational transmission. One branch of this project focuses on longitudinal changes in brain structure and the way these changes relate to genetic and environmental factors, and how this brain development in turn mediates behavioral development. This PhD project is a collaboration between the Brain Center Rudolf Magnus (Hulshoff Pol) with and the Netherlands Twin Register (Boomsma), Free VU University, Amsterdam. The project will consist of studying the influence of genetics genetics on brain development using a genetically informative longitudinal twin/sibling cohort.

Organization: The mission of the Rudolf Magnus Institute of Neuroscience is to advance knowledge of the functions of the nervous system in order to obtain insight into brain development and plasticity in relation to neurological and psychiatric disorders, and to facilitate the development of new pharmacological treatments for these disorders. The Division of Neuroscience employs about 1000 healthcare professionals and scientists. About 300 staff members within the Division are actively involved in scientific research. The PhD position will be based in the Neuroimaging group of the Psychiatry Department of the UMC Utrecht, which studies structural and functional brain maturation in humans throughout life, in health and diseases such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, ADHD, and autism. Our research is designed to find genetic and environmental markers of variance in brain structure and function over time. We aim to unravel (patho)-physiology of brain plasticity of human brain throughout life.

Project: Through a focused analysis of sibling- and twin-pairs, environmental and genetic influences on the brain will be disentangled. The association between the DNA genome and longitudinal brain development will be investigated through for measures of structural MRI, resting state functional MRI and diffusion tensor imaging. Findings from this study will not only provide insight in normal brain development during adolescence, but also aid the study into psychiatric diseases that often show their first symptoms during adolescence, such as schizophrenia and depression.

Requirements: The candidate for the PhD position has a Masters research MA degree (or equivalent) in biology, biomedical sciences, genetics or computational biology or a related field and should have excellent skills in working with high-dimensional data. The candidate combines excellent social skills with a high potential to perform complex data analyses, e.g. using structural equation modeling to analyze familial resemblance, and good writing skills. The candidate preferably has experience with analysis of genetic data and/or analysis MRI data.

Additional information and application: Additional information can be obtained from Dr. Rachel Brouwer (; +31 88 7556019), Prof.dr. Hilleke Hulshoff Pol (; +31 88 755 9019) and Prof.dr. Dorret Boomsma ( Application letters and curriculum vitae can be addressed to Dr. Rachel Brouwer, via

Research Fellowship at Max Planck Institute


The Max Planck Institute (Nijmegen, the Netherlands) is offering a 3-year Research Scientist position in Brain Imaging Genetics. The position is funded by a European FLAG-ERA grant linked to the Human Brain Project: “MULTI-LATERAL: Multi-level Integrative Analysis of Brain Lateralization for Language”, coordinating PI Clyde Francks. Further information is available here:


Language depends on left-lateralized neural circuits in the brains of most people, and the host research group is embedded within the Language & Genetics Department of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The MPI in Nijmegen is a leading research institute internationally, with a very stimulating environment, excellent facilities and resources. We use state-of-the-art methods to trace the connections between genes, neuronal and brain functions, and behavior. We benefit from close connections with expert teams in neuroscience and brain imaging at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and in human genetics at the Human Genetics Department of Radboud University.

We are seeking a research scientist who holds, or shortly expects to obtain, a PhD qualification in a field related to brain imaging genetics. The successful applicant’s previous training and experience may be in either brain MRI data analysis, or in genomic analysis such as genome-wide association, next generation sequencing, or transcriptomic analysis. The project will involve applying new methods of automated MRI analysis to measure individual differences in brain lateralization, in terms of structure, resting state and task-related activation, and linking these measures to genetic variability in large cohort datasets. Candidates should also be keen to learn and involve themselves in the ongoing research of the department more generally, which is focused on genetics of the neuron, brain, behavior and cognition.

The position is available from January 2016 although start dates as late as May 2016 will be considered. The term of appointment is for three years, with a salary according to the German TVöD. The Institute is part of the Max Planck Society (Germany), albeit that it is located in the Netherlands. Scientists in the Netherlands report among the highest job satisfaction ratings of any in the world.  The Max Planck Society is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, people with disabilities and under-represented groups are particularly encouraged.

Applications should include:

(i)    A statement of interest in the position

(ii)   a CV;

(iii)  a list of publications;

(iv)  the names, email addresses and contact numbers of at least two referees who would be willing to provide letters of recommendation;

Send applications or enquiries to:


mail:    Clyde Francks D.Phil.

            Senior Investigator

            Language & Genetics Department

           Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

           Wundtlaan 1

           6525 XD Nijmegen

          The Netherlands

Applications will be considered on an on-going basis until the position is filled.

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