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Scientific Programmer / Research Assistant Neuroimaging

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9 april 2024
23 april 2024 Nog 2 dagen om te solliciteren

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Scientific Programmer / Research Assistant Neuroimaging

We are seeking a highly motivated and skilled scientific programmer / research assistant in neuroimaging to join the Methodology and Statistics unit at Leiden University, Institute of Psychology. The candidate will primarily be responsible for creating a user-friendly user interface for a newly developed statistical method for functional MRI analysis (in R Shiny and/or Python). They will also participate in workshops to teach researchers how to use the new method and interface.

What you will do
You will primarily be responsible for creating a user-friendly user interface for a newly developed statistical method for functional MRI analysis (in R Shiny and/or Python). You will also participate in workshops to teach researchers how to use the new method and interface.


  • Program a user-friendly user interface.
  • Writing help-pages and a manual for the software.
  • Perform beta-testing.
  • Maintain code and make it future-proof.
  • Help in the development of workshop materials.
  • Participate (teach) in workshops.
  • Attend team meetings and provide updates on progress.

Where you will work
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences consists of five institutes: Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Political Science, and Psychology. The faculty has approximately 7000 students and 1000 staff members. Within the institutes, not only education is provided but also groundbreaking research is conducted that pushes the boundaries of our understanding of human behaviour and societal structures. What makes our faculty unique is the diversity of research topics, the various styles of teaching, and the way professional support is organized; this provides you with the opportunity to explore and develop your interests and expertise. Visit our website for an impression: Welcome to the Leiden Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences - Leiden University.

The Institute of Psychology educates new generations to contribute to the challenges of our society, now and in the future, based on leading behavioral scientific research and education. This is achieved through collaboration both within and outside our institute in the field of Psychology and related research areas, both fundamental and applied. The broad bachelor's program and a wide variety of master's specializations also contribute to this goal. Within the institute and the academic community, there is a committed and passionate atmosphere. The themes of Health and Well-being, Social-Cognitive-Affective Decision Making, Development and Learning, and Advanced Behavioral Research Methods guide research and education. The institute values conducting these activities in a safe and inclusive environment and provides space for new developments such as open science, recognition and appreciation, and interdisciplinarity, which are anchored in its strategy. With approximately 5,000 students and 600 staff members, the institute includes the Institute Office, the Department of Bachelor Education, and 6 units for education and research: Health, Medical and Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Social, Economic and Organisational Psychology, and Methodology and Statistics.

You will be working within the Methodology and Statistics Unit, a dynamic unit focusing on Neuromaging Statistics, Statistical Learning and Artifical Intelligence, Applied Psychometric and Sociometric Modeling, and Responsible Research Methods. In this project you will work together with researchers from the Biomedical Data Science department at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and the Data Science research group of the University of Essex. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with a dynamic team of researchers and contribute to cutting-edge research in their field. If you are a highly motivated individual with a passion for data analysis and research, please apply with your resume and motivation letter.

What you bring

  • Master's degree in a relevant field (e.g., psychology, statistics, computer science, data science, etc.). Experience with neuroimaging (FMRI) analysis is a plus.
  • Strong coding skills, particularly in R, R Shiny and/or Python. Experience with C/C++ is a plus.
  • Experience with statistical analysis and data visualization.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Experience with presenting/teaching is a plus.

If you immediately recognise yourself in this profile, or if do you not quite meet all the requirements, but you believe that this is the right job for you, we look forward to your application!

What we offer
Our goal is to work together to create a transparent and inclusive work environment in which everyone feels welcome and appreciated. Our organisation is always evolving and we need your ideas for improvement and innovation to take us further. We want to devote attention to your personal development.

You can expect an enjoyable job within the socially relevant world of education and research. The University's challenging and international work environment is located just steps away from Leiden’s lively city centre or the bustling city centre of The Hague. We also want to work with you to devote attention to your health and vitality, for example with the fun activities we organise through Healthy University.

We also offer:

  • An employment contract for (30.4 hours per week, 0.80 fte) as a researcher, initially for a period of 2 months, with the possibility of extension to a total of 6 months. This contract falls under the CLA of Dutch Universities;
  • We do offer some flexibility in terms of workload and contract length if desirable (e.g., 9 months at .60 fte).
  • A salary of a minimum of € 3377 and a maximum of € 4185 gross per month, based on a full-time appointment (38 hours) (scale 9).
  • A holiday allowance (8%), an end-of-year bonus (8,3%), and an attractive pension scheme at ABP;
  • Flexible working hours: as a standard, you are entitled to a minimum of 29 leave days on the basis of a full-time working week of 38 hours; you can also save for extra leave, for example by working 40 hours a week, and in this way accrue an extra 96 leave hours, or exchange 96 leave hours for a 36-hour week.
  • Lots of options when it comes to secondary employment conditions; we can, for example, discuss options for a sabbatical or paid parental leave. Within our terms of employment individual choices model, you can exchange leave days and/or salary for benefits such as an advantageous sports subscription or bicycle scheme, and we also offer child-care options;
  • If your work allows it, hybrid working is possible within the Netherlands;
  • A home-working allowance (day and internet allowance) and attention for good workplaces. The University will also provide you with a laptop and a mobile telephone (if applicable for the position).

For more information about employment conditions, see https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/werken-bij/sollicitatieprocedure-en-arbeidsvoorwaarden

What we find important
Promoting an inclusive community is central to Leiden University’s values and vision. Leiden University aims to be an inclusive community in which all students and staff members feel valued and respected, and are able to develop to their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High-quality education and research means inclusive education and research.

Want to apply or find out more?

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If you would like more information about what the job entails, please contact Dr. Wouter Weeda, Associate Professor, at w.d.weeda@fsw.leidenuniv.nl. You can apply until April 23rd, applications will be processed immediately.

To help us get to know each other better, we follow a number of steps in the application procedure. For more information, see https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/werken-bij/sollicitatieprocedure-en-arbeidsvoorwaarden

  • We believe mobility is very important. That is why we are also publishing this vacancy internally. In case of equal suitability, we will give priority to the internal candidate.
  • A pre-employment screening (references, diplomas, certificate of good conduct (VOG)) may be part of the selection procedure.
  • Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated. If you nevertheless choose to send us CVs, no rights can be derived from this. #LI-Hybrid

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