PhD positions on functional anatomy, physiology and behavioral study of somatosensory-auditory integration in the brain

Job Description

Two 4-year full-time PhD positions are available for work on somatosensory-auditory integration in the auditory system. 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 strength of these connections. They will perform in vivo physiology to investigate what somatosensory information is encoded in this pathway. Ultimately, the candidates will create behavior paradigms to elucidate how somatosensory signal converges onto the auditory system.

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.

Qualification and skills

  • A Master’s degree (MSc, MPhil) in biological sciences, neuroscience, computer science or related fields.
  • Demonstrated self-motivation, organizational skills and scientific thinking from research project(s).
  • Experience in in vivo experiments, viral tracing and histology, (patchclamp-) electrophysiology, data analysis and programming are desirable
  • Excellent oral and written English and strong communication skills

Terms of employment

You will receive a temporary position for 4 years. Gross monthly salary is € 2.631 ,- in the 1st year and increases to € 3.336,- in the 4th year (scale OIO). An educational plan will be drafted that includes attendance of courses and (international) conferences. Fringe benefits includes an 8% holiday allowance, an 8,3% year-end allowance and pension insurance with ABP. A favorable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The terms of employment are in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement for University Medical Centers (CAO UMC).

Applying and Additional Information

Please submit your application, including your CV, a motivation letter, name and contact for 2 referees at the Erasmus MC job portal before 30-11-2022. 

For more information about the project, please contact Dr. Aaron Wong, or visit the lab website at

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