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      September 29,2021
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    Postdoc Environmental Sensitivity in Health, working on the Healthy Brain Study

    18 months with a possible extention You will be analysing data from the Healthy Brain Study, and write scientific papers. You will be working with scientists from varying disciplines, support communication among them, participate in (inter)national conferences, with the possibility to be involved in grant writing. We are orientated towards providing an enriching learning environment for you that supports you in your next career steps.

    Everybody is sensitive to environmental stimuli, although the degree to which extent differs between individuals. Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS) is an evolutionarily-conserved trait reflecting inter-individual differences in sensitivity to environmental information. While in the past sensitivity to environments was exclusively regarded a risk factor, recent findings suggest that SPS predisposes to both aversive (disease-promoting) and supportive (health-promoting) environments. Increasing knowledge about SPS therefore comes with great potential to innovate the ways we counteract disorder and promote health. Yet, despite the by-now recognized scientific relevance of SPS, studies on SPS are still scarce. Associations of SPS with health outcomes have not yet been studied in a large, carefully-phenotyped sample; further, mechanisms underlying differential susceptibility to health outcomes are virtually unknown.

    As a post-doctoral researcher, you will join a transdisciplinary team of scientists working on data from the Healthy Brain Study, a deep-phenotyping cohort of 1000 adults followed-up over one year, and contribute to consolidating the role of SPS in differential susceptibility to health. Specifically, you will work on 1) systematically studying associations of SPS with mental and somatic health outcomes, 2) test the interacting role of environments, 3) generate results on underlying neural mechanisms testing a novel neural model how differential susceptibility manifests in altered brain connectivity. We use a transdisciplinary approach, rendering assumptions of different explanatory strategies explicit, to deliver an enriched perspective of the role of SPS in differential susceptibility to health.

    SPS, in layman’s terms known as High Sensitive Personality (HSP), is a topic that is actively asked for by patients and society (e.g., articles in national newspapers, international bestseller, questions submitted to the NWA). Yet, science still needs to provide solid evidence on SPS-health associations on which we can build implications for healthcare and prevention. This project gives a unique opportunity to, for the first time, systematically study SPS-health associations in a well-phenotyped sample, which is absolutely necessary for replicable conclusions and the basis for mechanistic research. 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. You will be embedded in the research group of Prof. Corina Greven at the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience of the Radboudumc and the Donders Institute Centre for Medical Neuroscience. You will be supervised by a cross-faculty and transdisciplinary team of experts in personality psychology (Greven), genetic epidemiology (Galesloot), neural mechanisms (Geerligs), paradigm theory in the philosophy of science (Landeweerd), and translational neuroscience (Homberg). Through combining different disciplines, we aim to gain a richer perspective on environmental sensitivity in health.

    The Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour is a world-class research centre devoted to understanding the mechanistic underpinnings of cognition and behaviour in health and disease, and provides a unique and excellent infrastructure. It is a highly dynamic institute with a collaborative atmosphere and particular interest into translational research. The Donders Institute strives for a research culture that is open, inclusive, and diverse.

    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 candidates who have a PhD degree in epidemiology, neuroscience, biomedical sciences, psychology, psychiatry or any linked interdisciplinary science. You also have excellent statistics skills including practical experience with cleaning and quantitative statistical analysis of complex data sets (e.g., experience with programming with Matlab or Python). Prior experience with fMRI data is desirable but not essential.

    You're also:
    • Fluency in written and spoken English; excellent academic writing skills.
    • Able to work independently, well-organized, responsible.
    All additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Corina Greven, professor at the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience. Use the Apply button to submit your application.

    We request applicants to send a motivation letter explaining their interest and prior qualifications and experience regarding the position, a CV, and contact information of two professional references. The deadline for application is Oct 31 2021, 23:59 CET.
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