The Developmental Psychobiology Lab, led by Dr. Carolina de Weerth, investigates how early life – specifically pregnancy and the early postnatal years – influences development throughout the lifespan. Research in the DPB lab focuses on: the influences of prenatal maternal mental wellbeing on children’s health and behavioral development, the development of the physiological stress response system in children and its relation to behavioural and emotional regulation and physical health, and the development of the intestinal microbiota and its relation to children’s developmental outcomes.
The student assistant chosen for this position will engage with multiple ongoing projects covering these topics and will complete a wide variety of research tasks that may include participant recruitment and testing, study design, preparation, and implementation, and data entry, cleaning, and management.
We are looking for a student assistant with an interest and ideally some experience in Psychology, Cognitive Sciences, Neuroscience, or any related disciplines with:
- Strong research interests in the brain-body connection and how early life influences development
- High willingness and ability to learn new methods and skills
- Solid computational and/or analytic skills
- Highly organized and precise
- Experience with experimental testing is an advantage
- Excellent written and spoken English and Dutch language skills
- High degree of intrinsic motivation and team spirit
Position and application details
Funding is available for 1 year starting immediately. The ideal candidate will be able to dedicate one day per week (8 hours; 0.2 FTE) to the DPBLab. Hours will be flexible and can be distributed over different days and changed throughout the year if this is agreed upon.
The application must include the following documents (in a single PDF file):
- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitae
- Contact details of two references
For questions concerning the position or application please contact Professor Carolina deWeerth at Carolina.deWeerth@radboudumc.nl.
Radboud Excellence Professorship
For colleagues there are opportunities of working at our lab with a Radboud Excellence Professorship (click here). Professors may come for a maximum period of 6 months, and we can offer them excellent opportunities for carrying out research, and for investigating research questions of their interest within the large data set of our longitudinal Bibo project. Contact us for more information on the possibilities (yearly deadlines: 1 May and 1 November).
Radboud Excellence Postdoc Fellowships
For colleagues that obtained their PhD between 2 and 8 years ago, and have a good publishing record, there are opportunities of working at our lab with a Radboud Excellence Fellowship (click here). Fellows can come for 1 to 2 years, and we can offer them excellent opportunities for carrying out research, and for investigating research questions of their interest within the large data set of our longitudinal Bibo project. Contact us for more information on the possibilities (yearly deadlines: 1 May and 1 November).
Our lab offers PhD and postdoc opportunities, as well as undergraduate opportunities to gain research experience. Prospective Master and PhD students with external funding are invited to contact us. Also, Bachelor and Master students can apply for summer internships on a voluntary basis. For those looking for (additional) funding, there are some opportunities to obtain funding in The Netherlands (click here) and from the Radboud University (click here and here).
We select candidates based on their motivation, CV, English language capacities, and writing skills.