PhD Candidates in Naturalistic Sensorimotor Neurosience at the Donders Centre for Cognition

Nijmegen, Netherlands
12 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
01 Apr 2023
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

We are looking for two motivated PhD candidates to perform model-driven studies of perception and action in naturalistic environments. You will participate in the NWO-funded project 'Understanding behaviour in the real world a naturalistic approach to Neuroscience'. The aim of this project is to use virtual reality, wearable technology, and methods from data science and artificial intelligence to connect laboratory findings with behaviour in the real world and to utilise the new neuroscience knowledge for clinical practice. The overarching focus will be on three behavioural pillars - walking, orienting and reaching - and compare their characteristics within the same normative framework to develop a data driven computational model for real world perception and action.

One PhD project ( Walking ) will specifically focus on how real world statistics, motor predictions and sensory feedback are used in walking, and how these sensitivities differ in stroke patients, children and elderly. The other PhD project ( Reaching') focuses on how reaching and object interaction rely on adequate signals for task related, multi effector motor control. The real world complexity for signals computations has remained obscure and will be examined in healthy individuals and in patients with neurological disorders, such as stroke. For both projects, close collaboration will take place with colleagues from the Donders Institute, Radboud University's Institute for Computing and Information Sciences, and the Sint Maartenskliniek as clinical partner. Mentoring BSc and MSc students and teaching-related tasks will also be part of the candidates' responsibilities.

Your education task may be up to 10% of your appointment.