PhD Position in Neuropsychiatry

Catholic University of Leuven

As part of a research project on late onset psychosis, the center for Neuropsychiatry at KU Leuven, Belgium, coordinated by Prof. dr. Mathieu Vandenbulcke, is seeking highly motivated candidates for a PhD position on the neurobiology and psychology of late onset psychosis. It will consist of multimodal neuroimaging and neuropsychological/behavioral data collection and analysis. The group investigates behavioral, structural and functional brain changes in late-life neuropsychiatric disorders.


The successful applicant will collect imaging and behavioral data in healthy older adults as well as older adults with late onset psychosis. He or she will apply advanced imaging analysis techniques on multimodal brain (f)MRI and PET-data in combination with behavioral measures. The work will be performed in a multidisciplinary team consisting of clinicians and scientists.


Position Qualifications Include:

Degree in Psychology (Master), Biomedical Engineering, Medicine or a related discipline.
Experience in one or more of the following areas are desirable:
-    clinical assessment using behavioral, neuropsychological or physiological measures
-    acquiring and analysis of (functional) MRI or PET data
-    MRI of brain microstructure using diffusion imaging
-    integration of functional and structural information
Strong programming skills, communication and analytical skills, ability to prioritize and manage own work, interest in collaborative, multidisciplinary teamwork, detail-orientation and ability to work independently are a plus. The candidate must be able to express him- or herself fluently in English and Dutch (written and spoken).


We offer a 1 year research position, which can be prolonged to a period of maximum 4 years in which the candidate must be able to finish his or her PhD.


For more information, please contact dr. Lies Van Assche (
Top apply for this position, please use the online application tool or send your CV and motivation letter to dr. Lies Van Assche ( Deadline for submission is February 22nd, 2021.  

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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: February 22, 2021
  • Tags: Neurowetenschappen