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Please apply under the reference “Rhumbo ESR” with a letter of motivation (1-page max. in pdf-format) and a curriculum vitae until February 28, 2019. Applications and questions should be addressed to Rosita van Lunteren (Email:, Phone: +31 481 350 980).

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Early Stage Researcher (ESR) / Doctoral Student

As an ESR your task will entail the modelling systemic, functional and artifactual components of the NIRS signal using biophysical models and non-parametric estimation techniques, applying end evaluating psychological methods and tests and Machine Learning techniques such as Recurrent and Convolutional Neural Networks on multimodal data to infer the participant’s mental state and decision process in a mixed reality environment. You will further assist in embedding the developed algorithms in an Artinis fNIRS neuro-business device. If desired, you will have the chance to pursue a Ph.D. degree at Radboud University Nijmegen, 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 required. 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 RHUMBO 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 corporate partners from Spain, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Austria, and the Netherlands which will be involved in a high-level personalized training programme that will guarantee ESRs and future PhD students outstanding Career Opportunities in the consumer behavior sector and beyond.


  • You hold a Master’s degree with good grades and a background in (applied) mathematics, physics or computer science with knowledge of human physiology, the human hemodynamic system, and the human brain, or biomedical sciences or similar, with strong skills in mathematics and computers

  • 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 into 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 breakthroughs in neuroeconomics are helping to understand how the human decision-making process takes place. Although latest advances have revealed that most of the brain processes that regulate our emotions, attitudes, and decisions are beyond our consciousness (implicit processes), many companies are still making strategic decisions relying upon explicit measures such as questionnaires and focus groups. However, the consumer neuroscience market is rapidly growing and demands new knowledge, new skills and new approaches to adapt to the technological evolution of the sector but also for comprehending and communicating with consumers. These requests only find a partial match in existing doctoral programmes. RHUMBO addresses this challenge by delivering an innovative multinational, multi-sectoral, and multidisciplinary research and training programme in cognitive neuroscience, transparently immersive experiences and artificial intelligence with a focus on neuro-business.

From the research point of view, RHUMBO will produce tools and models to predict human decision-making in business environments. RHUMBO will use mixed reality technologies (MRT) together with different biometric signals (fMRI, fNIRS, eye tracking, EEG, etc.), supported by artificial intelligence processing techniques, to examine consumer behavioral patterns during dynamic, complex and realistic situations for a deeper understanding of internal consumer

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 is 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 mobile environments, such as in mixed reality settings. You will be supervised by one of the CEO of the company, Dr. Willy Colier, and the project leader Dr. Jörn M. Horschig. The project will be in close collaboration with Prof. Marcel van Gerven from Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour, Nijmegen. If pursuing a PhD degree, the degree will be awarded by the Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands.