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Postdoc position in Social Rodent Neuroscience: brain dynamics of social interactions

Valeria Gazzola
Netherlands (NL)
Up to 71036 euros gross annual for a full-time appointment
Closing date
May 16, 2024

Job Details

During your postdoc position at the Social Brain Lab, you will have the opportunity to contribute to our understanding of how the brain responds to the complexity of a social environment in rodents. To this aim, you will build new behavioral paradigms while recording brain and physiological responses simultaneously from two or more individuals, and investigate how the (emotional) state of individuals influences those of others and determine adaptive social decisions. This effort will leverage the unique competence and technological might of the Dutch Brain Interface Initiative consortium (

During your postdoc you will thus have the opportunity to:

  • Develop paradigms and experimental set-ups that allow for simultaneous behavior and brain recordings of small interacting groups of N≥3 rodents
  • Collaborate with the  engineering DBI2 cluster to develop or refine tools to add long-term recording in freely moving animals of physiological measures to be paired with brain activity
  • Collaborate with the artificial intelligence and computation DBI2 cluster to identify the best algorithms to classify social dynamics
  • Establish closed loop systems that allows to identify causes and effects of a particular brain-behavior dynamic
  • Advance your analytical skills of functional connectivity and brain-2-brain and brain-2-behavior dynamics
  • Publish your findings in open access scientific journals.

During our selection process, we will be looking for an enthusiastic team-player, who:

  • Has a PhD in the field of neuroscience or related fields;
  • Enjoys and has extensive experience in advanced data analyses and statistical inferences;
  • Enjoys and has hands-on experience in setting up rodent experimental set-ups
  • Has experience with in vivo measures of brain activity
  • Experience with handling rodents and establish social paradigms
  • Functions well both in a team and independently, and possesses good communication skills;
  • Has extensive experience in programing
  • Is willing to travel within the NL for short collaborative stays or regular visits to collaborative labs;
  • Enjoys finalizing projects and writing papers, also visible from successful past work
  • Is motivated to pursue a scientific career
  • At least one paper in the field of behavioral neuroscience

To apply: Postdoc in Rodent Social Neuroscience (

To know more about us:

Home - Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience - Master the Mind (

Gazzola - Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience - Master the Mind (

Keysers - Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience - Master the Mind (

Dutch Brain Interface Initiative (



The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience ( is the country’s leading fundamental neuroscience research institute. The NIN provides a critical mass of experts in the most advanced neuroscience techniques, together with a dynamic multi-cultural environment. English is the working language of the institute, and is extremely well spoken in the vibrant and international city of Amsterdam, creating an attractive, progressive and easy-to-integrate environment. The groups affiliation with the University of Amsterdam, the continents highest-ranked psychology department offers attractive – but entirely voluntary – teaching opportunities for those keen to strengthen that aspect of their CV. 

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