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Fully-funded International PhD Position in Higher-Order Statistics for Neuroscience, Netherlands

Are you passionate about mathematics, statistics, and their applications in neuroscience research? Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is happy to announce a Fully-funded International PhD Position in higher-order statistics for Neuroscience as part of the EU-funded BeyondTheEdge Doctoral Network.

This scholarship aims to support outstanding scholars in pursuing research in the development, evaluation, and application of statistical methods for assessing higher-order brain interactions in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data. The PhD position seeks to advance research in statistical methodologies for analyzing complex brain interactions using fMRI data. The successful candidate will contribute to interdisciplinary research within the BeyondTheEdge Doctoral Network, collaborating with international partners and contributing to the advancement of knowledge in neuroscience.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a renowned research university located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas business district. With a commitment to values-driven education and research, VU Amsterdam fosters an environment where academic freedom and diversity thrive. The university’s interdisciplinary approach to education and research is evident across its ten academic departments, covering a wide spectrum of disciplines in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and beyond. VU Amsterdam’s international community of over 30,000 students and 5,500 staff members collaborates across boundaries to address global challenges and create sustainable solutions with social impact.

Application Deadline: 4 August 2024

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Department: Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics
  • Course Level: PhD
  • Award: Fully-funded position
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Number of Awards: NA
  • Nationality: Open to all nationalities
  • The award can be taken in: Netherlands


  • Eligible Countries: Open to all nationalities
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects: The scholarship will be awarded in any subject offered by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
  • Admissible Criteria: Prospective applicants must meet the following criteria:
    • Hold or expect to obtain a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Mathematics or equivalent.
    • Possess good communication skills in English.
    • Not have resided or carried out the main activity in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the recruitment date (specific to the BeyondTheEdge eligibility criterion).

How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to apply by April 8th via the application button on the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam website. Applicants must submit a cover letter, CV, list of courses and grades at the MSc level, a (draft) MSc thesis if available, and the names and email addresses of two references. Applications received by email will not be considered.


The successful applicant will receive a competitive salary, including a minimum gross monthly salary of €2770 (at the start) and a maximum of €3539 per month (in the fourth year). Additionally, the position offers various fringe benefits, including holiday allowance, end-of-year bonus, and contribution to commuting expenses. The appointment is initially for one year, extendable for a further three years based on satisfactory performance.

For further inquiries about the vacancy, please contact Rikkert Hindriks, Assistant Professor at the Department of Mathematics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, via email at [email protected].

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