Postdoc for the study of dreams

Location: Amsterdam
Max hours per week: 38 hours per week
Max salary: € 4670,00
Duration of agreement: 2 years
Apply until:  1 December 2022


The Siclari lab is seeking a highly motivated


Postdoctoral researcher for a 2-year project

on EEG markers of dreaming, starting January 2023.


The project combines a unique combination of cutting-edge experimental approaches, including 256-channel-high-density EEG sleep recordings combined with controlled sensory stimulations and serial awakening paradigms. The candidate will work in the newly created laboratory of Francesca Siclari, senior group leader, whose research focuses on the neurobiological mechanisms of dreams. The position if for 2 years starting in January 2023. Initially, the appointment is for one year with the option for an extension for the remaining period, pending on an evaluation. This project is funded by the EU ERC project Dreamscape. 


Main missions:

  • Organization of the experimental setup of the study, analysis and acquisition of night-time high-density sleep EEG recordings with controlled sensory stimulations and serial awakenings
  • Analysis and interpretation of data (evoked potentials)
  • Writing of high-impact publications and presentation of results at international meetings.
  • Transmission of knowledge and expertise to younger team members




  • You have a PhD degree in Biology, Neurosciences,  Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering or related fields
  • You ideally have experience with acquisition and analysis of (high-density) EEG data
  • You are familiar with sleep and dream research or are highly interested in the topic




  • You have excellent signal processing skills (mastery of neurophysiological analyses)
  • You have solid skills in statistics and programming (Python, Matlab or other similar languages)
  • You are fluent in written and spoken English
  • You are rigorous, committed, highly motivated and autonomous
  • You are a team player and enjoy transmitting your knowledge to other members of the team


The salary is in accordance with the regulations for academic personnel. For a postdoc it will range from €47.631,- up to a maximum of €65.174,- per year. This annual salary is before tax, (including holiday and end of year allowance) based on a full-time appointment, and depending on expertise and previous experience. Gross monthly salaries are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) for Dutch Universities. The housing department of the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience assists foreign employees in finding accommodation.



The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience ( is the country’s leading fundamental neuroscience research institute. It provides a critical mass of scientists in the neuroscience techniques, together with a dynamic multi-cultural environment. English is the working language of all research groups. Amsterdam is an internationally-oriented city and an attractive, progressive and easy-to-integrate environment. The research groups have members from more than 27 nations with backgrounds ranging from philosophy to engineering, but with an emphasis on biology and psychology.



Application and time schedule

Applications should be submitted via the system by sending:

  • a cover letter and statement summarizing your research interests and motivation (max. 1 page);
  • a CV with a complete list of publications and a list of your five best papers includingyour previous research accomplishments and your future research goals ( this part of your c.v.  covers max 2 pages); 
  • the name and email addresses of up to three referees


Evaluation of candidates will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. We aim to fill the position at the beginning of 2023.


About the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience
The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience is the country’s leading fundamental neuroscience research institute, in the international and progressive city of Amsterdam. It provides a critical mass of scientists (spanning more than 27 nationalities) and neuroscience facilities, in a highly interactive, dynamic, multi-cultural environment, with English as the working language.

Terms of employment
Depending on education and experience the minimum salary is €3.413,00 and the maximum salary is €4.670,00 gross per month for a full-time appointment (scale 10 cao Nederlandse Universiteiten/KNAW). This is exclusive of 8% vacation allowance, 8.3% year-end bonus, travel allowance, internet allowance, home working allowance and pension accrual with ABP.

The KNAW offers its staff an excellent package of secondary benefits. A package that meets the different needs of employees depending on their stage of life, lifestyle or career ambitions. For example, by working an extra two hours a week, it is possible to increase the number of days off from 29 to 41 days a year (with full-time employment).

For a complete overview of the terms of employment, please refer to the web page: werken bij de KNAW.

Diversity & Inclusion
The KNAW considers a working environment in which everyone feels welcome and appreciated of great importance. A working environment in which attention is paid to individual quality and where development opportunities are paramount. Together we strive for an inclusive culture in which we embrace differences. We would therefore like to invite candidates who want to contribute to this through their background and experience. In the event of equal suitability, preference will be given to the candidate who thus enhances diversity within the Academy.

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