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    Full-time Position
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    Research & Science
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  • Experience Required
  • Degree Required
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    • Date Posted
      July 11,2022
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    Research assistant Cognitive Neuroscience

    2 years with a possible extension of 1 year As a research assistant you will work on three related projects that all focus on the identification of biomarkers for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related neurodevelopmental conditions. Will you join our team?

    As part of two large European consortia, AIMS-2-TRIALS and CANDY, both funded by the European Union, we conduct three clinical studies.

    Longitudinal European Autism Project (LEAP)
    A new follow-up assessment of LEAP. The main aim is to identify prognostic, stratification, and/or outcome biomarkers for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in children, adolescents and adults with ASD. LEAP is a multi-site multi-disciplinary study that employs a longitudinal design. Target numbers for Nijmegen are 110 ASD participants and 70 controls. Phenotyping involves questionnaires and semi-structured interviews probing the presence and severity of ASD and comorbidities. The MRI session includes structural MRI, MRS, resting state and DTI. Further, EEG/ERP measures, eye-tracking measures and measures for sensory processing, and tablet and computer based tasks are administered to assess neurocogniton.

    Preschool Brain Imaging and Behaviour Project (PIP)
    In this study we conduct a multi-site case control study in preschoolers age 3-5 year with ASD, ADHD or Intellectual Disability, and healthy controls over 3 time points. Phenotyping involves questionnaires and semi-structured interviews probing the presence and severity of ASD, ADHD and comorbidities. The MRI session is conducted in the evening hours, while the preschoolers are asleep, and includes structural MRI, MRS, resting state functional and diffusion MRI. Further, EEG/ERP measures, eye-tracking measures and measures for sensory processing, and tablet and computer based tasks are administered to assess neurocognition.

    MULTIPLEX study
    This is a study in families with multiple individuals affected with ASD, ADHD and/or Intellectual Disability. The focus here is on careful phenotyping by questionnaires and semi-structured interviews.

    Tasks and responsibilities
    • Contacting and inviting participants or their families and scheduling assessments.
    • Administering and scoring clinical, behavioural and cognitive measures.
    • Collecting EEG/ERP and eye-tracking measures.
    • Acquiring MRI measures.
    • Data processing and storage.
    • Frequent communication (through teleconferences etc.) with the teams at the other sites.
    Working at Radboud university medical center means that you are ahead of the curve and working together on the healthcare of the future. And there is more. Our secondary terms of employment are impressive. These are fully tailored to you thanks to our Employment Conditions Selection Model. At Radboud university medical center, you will be given trust, and you will take the responsibility to handle everything together. We provide annual courses, both professional and personal.
    • In addition to your monthly salary and an annual vacation allowance of 8%, you will receive an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
    • If you work irregular hours, you will receive an allowance.
    • As a full-time employee (36 hours per week), you are entitled to approximately 168 vacation hours (over 23 days) per year.
    • Radboud university medical center pays 70% of the pension premium. You pay the rest of the premium with your gross salary.
    • You get a discount on health insurance as well: you can take advantage of two group health insurance plans. UMC Zorgverzekering and CZ collectief.
    In addition to our terms of employment, we also offer employees various other attractive facilities, such as childcare and sports facilities. Want to learn more? Take a look at the CAO UMC. The project is embedded in the unique and excellent infrastructure of the department of Cognitive Neuroscience (CNS). The CNS department aims to understand the development and function of the nervous system in health and disease with a special focus on neurodevelopmental, stress related and sensory disorders. We focus on excellent translational research at the intersection of cognitive and clinical neurosciences and on teaching and training researchers and health professionals.

    Radboud university medical center is a university medical center for patient care, scientific research, and education in Nijmegen. Radboud university medical center strives to be at the forefront of shaping the healthcare of the future. We do this in a person-centered and innovative way, and in close collaboration with our network. We want to have a significant impact on healthcare. We want to improve with each passing day, continuously working towards better healthcare, research, and education. And gaining a better understanding of how diseases arise and how we can prevent, treat, and cure them, day in and day out. This way, every patient always receives the best healthcare, now and in the future. Because that is why we do what we do.

    Read more about our strategy and what working at Radboud university medical center means. Our colleagues would be happy to tell you about it. #weareradboudumc We are looking for an enthusiastic research assistant with scientific interest. You possess great organizational and planning skills and the ability to work in teams. Your working style is very precise. Moreover, you speak Dutch fluently and you have excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

    Furthermore, you recognize yourself in the profile below:
    • Master's degree in Psychology, or Neuroscience, or related discipline.
    • Experience in administering clinical, behavioural and/or cognitive measures.
    • Preferably experience in working with autistic people and their families.
    All additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from dr. Jan Buitelaar, professor, or from dr. Manon Krol, postdoc. Use the Apply button to submit your application.
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