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Cardiologie Erasmus MC

PhD position on somatosensory-auditory integration in the brain

  • Closing date 30-03-2023
  • 41.12.22.TBW
  • 36 hours
  • Research university
  • Research & Education

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  • Closing date 30-03-2023
  • 41.12.22.TBW

Job description

A 4-year fully funded PhD position is available to work on somatosensory-auditory integration in the auditory system, focusing on patchclamp physiology and viral tracing. This position is part of a “Vidi” grant awarded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) to Dr. Aaron Wong’s project “Hearing more than Sound”.

In this project, the candidate will use state-of-the-art viral tracing technique to map out long range connectivity. They will combine patch-clamp electrophysiology with optogenetics and holographic stimulation to study the properties of these connections. Ultimately, the candidate will create behavior paradigms to elucidate how somatosensory signal influence auditory perception. The candidate is expected to start in Summer or Fall 2023.

Work environment

Erasmus MC stands for a healthy population and excellence in healthcare. By conducting groundbreaking work, we aim to push boundaries through leading the way in research, education and healthcare. We have access to the latest equipment and techniques in a state-of-the-art environment.

The Department of Neuroscience at Erasmus MC, Rotterdam is a dynamic and collaborative environment of about 150 people across 22 research groups. The PhD candidates will work in a motivated small team with close supervision by Dr. Aaron Wong.

Qualifications and skills

  • A Master’s degree (MSc, MPhil) in biological sciences, neuroscience, or related fields.
  • Demonstrated self-motivation, organizational skills and analytical thinking from research projects.
  • Excellent oral and written English and strong communication skills.
  • Experience in patchclamp electrophysiology is highly preferred Experience in in vivo experiments, data analysis and programming is desirable.

Before you apply please check our conditions for employment.

Terms of employment

  • You will receive a temporary position for 4 years. The gross monthly salary is € 2.631 ,- in the 1st year and increases to € 3.336,- in the 4th year (scale OIO).
  • The gross monthly salary is € 2.789 ,- in the 1st year and increases to € 3.536,- in the 4th year (scale OIO).
  • Excellent fringe benefits, such as a 13th month that is already paid out in November and a personal travel budget.
  • Pension insurance with ABP. The employer covers approximately 2/3 of the monthly contribution. 
  • Special benefits, such as a physiotherapist and a company bicycle repairer. And there is also a sports club where you can work on your fitness after work.
  • An International Office which aids you in preparing for your journey and stay.

More information

For more information about this position, please contact Dr Aaron B. Wong, Assistant Professor, phone number: +31(0)10 704 37 97 or e-mail:

If you are excited by the thought of this position and would like to apply, please do so by using the application form on our website.

No agencies please.

Application proces

Step 1 - Apply

Did we get you excited about this position? Submit your application through the application button. You will receive a confirmation of receipt from our recruiter right away.

Step 2 - Selection

Based on your application, we check to see if there is a fit between us. We will let you know as soon as possible whether you are invited for an interview.

Step 3 - Job interview

You have been invited for an interview, great! In this first meeting we get to know each other and see if You can form an idea of the position, the department and Erasmus MC. If the interview goes well usually a second interview follows.

Step 4 - Offer and terms of employment

It’s a match! Your future manager will discuss your salary and employment with you. You will also receive more information about our other terms of employment.

Step 5 - Getting started

Your first working day has come! We are more than happy to have you. Your new department will give you a warm welcome and provide you with all the information you need. Enjoy your job at Erasmus MC!

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Jerry Chandansingh

Jerry Chandansingh
Erasmus MC

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