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Early Stage Researcher (ESR) / Doctoral Student.
Our goal is to make the world a little bit better. We believe we are doing this by development of innovative devices for neuroimaging, physiological performance and quality control. And you can be a part of it!
Artinis Medical Systems is an innovative, dynamic and globally operating company in the Netherlands. Artinis is the worldwide market leader in near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). Our world-leading (wearable) NIRS-devices are used by the top companies and universities in this world. Fields of use are e.g. cognitive and clinical neuroscience, medical research, brain-computer interfaces and sport applications. To continue our growth as a company, we are looking for a: Early Stage Researcher (ESR) / Doctoral Student.
As an ESR your task will entail the development of signal processing algorithms to obtain a clean and physiological meaningful signal despite the presence of interferences (such as movement), extraction of physiological signal components (such as heartbeat, respiration etc.), as well as testing and validating state-of-the-art wearable fNIRS devices for scientific measurements in freely behaving infants and children. If desired, you will have the chance to pursue a Ph.D. degree at Radboud University Nijmegen at the Faculty of Social Sciences, in close collaboration with the renowned Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. Therefore, the prerequisite is a Master's degree in a relevant academic area such as applied mathematics, computer science, physics, biomedical or electrical engineering or a similar discipline. Good programming expertise in Matlab and/or Python is expected. The working language is English. Your merits will be assessed in a personal interview, which invitation will depend on the basis of the quality of Master's level studies and thesis, previous experience with numerical mathematics, algorithm and software development, motivation and research interests.
You will be part of the MOTION consortium, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN funded by the European Commission Horizon2020 programme, focusing on the training The MOTION ITN-MSCA consists of academic and industrial partners from Sweden, United Kingdom, Italy and the Netherlands who have joined forces to educate the next generation of European experts in cognitive neuroscience and biological imaging in the industry and academia.
You hold a Master’s degree with good grades and a background in biomedical sciences or similar, with strong skills in mathematics and computers, or a background in (applied) mathematics, physics or computer science with knowledge of human physiology, the human hemodynamic system and the human brain.
You have excellent skills in written and spoken English
You have shown good analytical and problem-solving skills
You are able to think of and design efficient algorithms from scratch
You are an independent worker and a team-worker
You enjoy integrating in a nice team with a great atmosphere
You thrive well in a company with a flat hierarchy system
You deliver on time
You know when to be determined and ambitious and when to be flexible and pragmatic
You must comply with the eligibility criteria and transnational mobility rules for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks, such as:
At the time of recruitment, you shall be in the first four years of your research careers (full-time equivalent) and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
Trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) is an essential requirement of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks. Researchers can be of any nationality. At the time of recruitment, you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc) in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the reference date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
You must also be prepared to be seconded for prior planned short periods to other network partners to carry out part of your work (from several weeks up to three months)
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Recent international reports emphasize that the first three years of children's life have more impact on their future outcomes than any other period during life. It is therefore essential that we have a thorough understanding of early social and cognitive development. In the past, experimental research that has fed our knowledge on early development studied infants within restricted, artificial laboratory contexts. However, only by studying children who are actively engaging in natural interaction with their social and physical environment, we can acquire ecologically valid, robust information about their social and cognitive development. It is thus essential to move experimental infancy research towards more natural situations. In doing so, MOTION will train a new generation of highly-skilled experts in the field of early development. New advances in wearable and wireless technologies now provide us with a unique opportunity. We are able to literally "unleash" the children we study - to free them from cables and constraints associated with the previous research methods. The primary scientific aim of the MOTION project is to leverage these new technological advances to study infants' and toddlers' body movements, gaze direction, and brain activity as they spontaneously and actively explore the world around them. MOTION will develop, produce and commercialise new tools to study early development in close cooperation between industry and academic partners. Innovative research tools will be used to investigate infants in natural interaction with their social and physical environment and gain a deeper understanding of early development. In addition to disseminating the new tools and research findings among the scientific community, it is the explicit aim of MOTION to reach out to professionals and the public, educate them about early development and instigate an open dialogue between professionals working with young children and development researchers.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
The salary, based on the Marie Curie Program regulations, is competitive and consists of a living and mobility allowance and a possible family allowance. In addition, you might be eligible to the 30%-tax-ruling in the Netherlands (entailing that 30% of your salary might be tax-free).
If desired, this position can be equivalent to a PhD-student position, with the possibility to be awarded a doctoral degree at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
Artinis Medical Systems is an innovative Dutch company active in the field of medical research and quality assurance, and developments in the field of near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) devices. In this project, Artinis Medical Systems will provide unique expertise in the application of (functional) NIRS to image brain activation. Their fNIRS devices can be used to monitor oxygen supply and consumption non-invasively in living tissue (both brain and muscle). Artinis Medical Systems is the only European company that has succeeded in producing high quality and versatile fNIRS devices with the potential to revolutionize peripheral brain imaging. These devices complement fMRI studies but free the researcher from the confines of a scanner, allowing imaging studies in restricted environments, such as neonatal care units. You will be supervised by one of the CEO's of the company, Dr. Willy Colier, and the project leader Dr. Jörn M. Horschig. The project will be in close collaboration with Prof. Sabine Hunnius and Dr. Robert Oostenveld from Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Nijmegen. If pursuing a Ph.D. degree, the degree will be awarded by the Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands.
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