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VU University Studentship 2011 in Human Movement Sciences, Netherlands

Published on Apr 23 2011 // PhD, Scholarships in Netherlands, Western Europe

Vacancy number: 1.2011.00104
The Faculty of Human Movement Sciences provides scientific education and performs research in the field of human movement. Scientific research is conducted within the Research Institute MOVE ( and covers both fundamental and applied research with a strong integrative signature. The research group “ Biophysics and Psychophysics of Sensorimotor Control” investigates how sensory information is used in the control of movements.


The division of labor in visual processing between two relatively separate cortical pathways, a ventral and a dorsal stream, has been hotly debated in the last decades: is the separation along attributes (ventral ‘what’ vs. dorsal ‘where’) or along tasks (ventral perception vs. dorsal action). So far, behavioral studies using motor tasks known to rely on the dorsal stream have yielded ambiguous results.

In this NWO project, you will develop novel motor and perceptual tasks involving visual illusions that can be exploited in a neuroimaging environment in order to test between these models of visual information processing. This project is a collaboration with Pieter Medendorp of the Donders Institute of the Radboud University; the neuroimaging experiments will be performed in his lab in Nijmegen.

Part of your work will be to contribute to the Faculty education program for 160 hours in the first and second year of the project.


We are looking for a highly motivated and creative candidates with a MSc in (one of) the natural sciences, human movement sciences, mechanical or biomedical engineering, psychology or related discipline. A strong mathematical background and experience in programming (e.g. MatLab) are very welcome as well as excellent writing and presentation skills in English


The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and amounts € 2.042,- gross per month in the first year up to € 2.612,- in the fourth year based on a full-time employment.

Futher Particulars

The initial appointment will be for a period of 18 months. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment it will be extended for a total duration of 4 years. You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment at like

  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge;
  • generous contribution (70%) commuting allowance based on public transport and
  • remuneration of 8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance.


Please find additional information about the Amsterdam group at and information about the Nijmegen lab at .

For more information regarding the content of the project and the function demands, please contact Prof. Dr. J. B. J. Smeets, e-mail: or Dr. W.P. Medendorp, e-mail:


Before May 8, 2011 applicants are requested to write a letter in which they describe their abilities and motivation, accompanied by a curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation. Written applications should be sent to:

VU University Amsterdam,
Faculty of Human Movement Sciences,
Attn.: mrs. drs. O.M. Jukema,
Van der Boechorststraat 9,
1081 BT Amsterdam,
The Netherlands

It is also possible to apply by e-mail to:

Please mention the vacancy number in the e-mail header or at the top of your letter and on the envelope.


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