Research Assistant ‘Cognitive Dynamics in Early Childhood’ study'

The Lifespan Cognitive Dynamics Lab, led by Prof. Dr. Rogier Kievit, studies why cognitive abilities differ between people and change across the lifespan. We are looking for a Research Assistant to help set up and deliver a five year, ERC funded project (CODEC) on changes in cognitive abilities in children. Will you join our team? 

This study will measure children’s cognitive performance in both school and lab settings using tablets as well as laboratory-based tests and neuroimaging. The student or research assistant chosen for this position will complete a wide variety of research tasks that may include participant recruitment, administrative duties (developing and checking ethics documentation and protocols), pilot testing, testing, and communications, preparation, and implementation, and data entry, cleaning and management.Check the website for more information:


Candidates who only partially meet this profile are nonetheless strongly encouraged to apply or reach out with further questions. The ideal candidate will have:

  • A master’s (desirable) or bachelor’s (essential) degree in (developmental) psychology, pedagogical science, education, cognitive neuroscience, psychometrics or related field.
  • Highly organized and precise with logistic skills.
  • Willing and able to learn new methods and skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Dutch.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • An interest in child development.

Desirable skills:

  • Experience in (structural) neuroimaging, especially (f)MRI.
  • Experience testing children in lab settings.
  • Computational skills (e.g. R, Python or comparable).
  • Experience managing large datasets or databases.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Help develop standard operating procedures.
  • Help draft, check and submit ethics documentation.
  • Help develop and pilot cognitive tests on tablets.
  • Contact schools and teachers for recruitment into the study.
  • Test children in classrooms and lab settings
  • Coordinate testing and recruitment.
  • Perform science outreach in school settings.
  • Communicate and provides information (e.g. a study website).

Terms of employment

The anticipated start date is between March 2023 and June 2023. This position is for 18 hours per week, but the number of hours can be discussed. Working at Radboud university medical center means that you are ahead of the curve and working together on the healthcare of the future. And there is more. Our secondary terms of employment are impressive. These are fully tailored to you thanks to our Employment Conditions Selection Model. At Radboud university medical center, you will be given trust, and you will take the responsibility to handle everything together.

  • A gross monthly salary between € 2.558 and € 3.422 (scale 7) based on full-time employment.
  • An annual vacation allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
  • If you work irregular hours, you will receive an allowance.
  • As a full-time employee (36 hours per week), you are entitled to approximately 168 vacation hours (over 23 days) per year.
  • Radboud university medical center pays 70% of the pension premium. You pay the rest of the premium with your gross salary.
  • You get a discount on health insurance as well: you can take advantage of two group health insurance plans. UMC Zorgverzekering and CZ collectief.
  • We provide annual courses, both professional and personal.

In addition to our terms of employment, we also offer employees various other attractive facilities, such as childcare and sports facilities. Want to learn more? Take a look at the CAO UMC.

Application procedure

Will you make a difference for our patients? We would like to receive your application before 31 January 2023. We will then contact you shortly. The application must include the following documents (in a single PDF file): – Cover letter. – Curriculum vitae. The first interview round takes place on 20 February 2023. We would appreciate it if you would take this into account.

What else can you expect?

When you begin employment, we will request a certificate of conduct (VOG) and, depending on the position, you may be screened. You do not need to do anything for this; we will inform you later.  Radboud university medical center is an employer that welcomes everyone. Every colleague brings valuable experience, expertise, and creativity. We believe in the benefits of a diverse and inclusive organization. #weareradboudumc

Read more about our application procedure or take a look at the frequently asked questions.


Any questions? Please contact Rogier Kievit, Professor of Developmental Neuroscience CNS. Use the Apply button to submit your application.


The Department for Cognitive Neuroscience aims to understand the development and function of the nervous system in health and disease with a special focus on neurodevelopmental, stress related and sensory disorders. It focusses on excellent translational research at the intersection of cognitive and clinical neurosciences and on teaching and training researchers and health professionals. We aim to achieve our objectives by:

  • International recognition based on innovative expertise, publications, grants, scientific awards and networks.
  • Excellent scientific training to master and PhD students.
  • Expert teaching and teaching development within the UMC and beyond.
  • Interaction with top researchers, clinical partners and others to promote interdisciplinary knowledge transfer and to develop potential applications.