Projects

This page lists projects of researchers who have expressed an interest in participating in the pilot programme 'Hestia – Impulse for Refugees in Science' and are seeking a suitable candidate. If you see a project that suits you, please send an e-mail with your motivation and CV to the contact person for the project in question.

This list will be updated regularly, with the most recent projects being added at the top. Projects that have already found a match will be deleted, so please don’t delay in responding.

Please note: this list only contains researchers who are actively seeking a match. If there are no projects that suit you, you are welcome to look for a suitable researcher yourself and draw his or her attention to the pilot programme Hestia – Impulse for Refugees in Science. It is highly likely that the researcher may be interested but was not yet aware of this pilot programme.

Studying time-lagged effects using ESM-data: Statistics lag behind, it is time to go continuously

Publication date 10-09-2019

Contact
Rebecca M. Kuiper
r.m.kuiper@uu.nl
+31 30 2534563

Main researcher
Rebecca M. Kuiper

Location
Methodology and Statistics, Utrecht University

Termination date
December 2020

About the project
Due to devices such as smartphones, gathering real-time self-report data is more convenient. Unfortunately, methods to analyze these data lag behind. Hence, this project focuses on developing i) a continuous-time model that uses all merits of these data and ii) techniques for evaluation of hypotheses regarding group-, subgroup, and person-level. Meanwhile, methods have been developed. These can either be advanced or can be implemented in more user-friendly software.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
I am looking for one of the following types of candidates:

  • Someone with knowlegde in Bayesian statistics, mainly in specifying priors in MCMC - who might also reduce computation time.
  • A software programmer / developer who can make a nice gui / wrapper around existing software (and perhaps speed up things).

Popular protest in early modern Venice

Publication date 29-08-2019

Contact
Maartje van Gelder
m.vangelder@uva.nl
+31 20 5254491

Main researcher
Maartje van Gelder

Location
University of Amsterdam

Termination date
2022

About the project
This project investigates social unrest and popular politics in early modern cities, with a particular focus on Venice. Venice has long fascinated historians as the epitome of political stability: other pre-modern states went through cycles of revolts, while Venice seemed immune to political contestation. In this project we investigate how hidden forms of Venetian popular protest can be uncovered. We are also interested in popular politics and contestation in a broader, early modern Mediterranean context.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
We are looking for candidates with a background in history or (historical) sociology, with an interest in the history of popular politics and contention, urban history and/or Mediterranean history. Prospective candidates should have good communication skills in English.

A randomized phase II study of pulsatile high-dose sunitinib versus TAS-102 in patients with metastatic colorectal carcinoma (mCRC)

Publication date 15-08-2019

Contact
Prof. Dr. Henk M.W. Verheul
henk.verheul@radboudumc.nl
+31 24 3667251

Main researcher
Prof. dr. J.P. Medema

Location
Radboud UMC & Amsterdam UMC

Termination date
01-07-2022

About the project
There is a need for incorporation of better therapeutic strategies for patients with metastatic colorectal carcinoma (mCRC) to improve their survival and quality of life, while enabling more personalized treatment options. In this project we aim to improve mCRC outcome, investigating the effect of high-dose intermittent sunitinib as an alternative therapeutic option. Next we will try to correlate treatment responses to potential biomarkers and tumor characteristics to determine feasibility of upfront response prediction. This project is a collaboration between both clinical and translational researchers from the RadboudUMC and AmsterdamUMC.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
We are looking for candidates with an interest and background in pharmacology or biomedical sciences with a particular interest in oncology.

Eenmalige vs herbruikbare katheters bij intermitterende katheterisatie als behandeling van urine retentie: een multicenter, prospectieve, gerandomiseerde, non-inferiority trial (COMPaRE)

Publication date 15-08-2019

Contact
Bertil Blok
b.blok@erasmusmc.nl
+31 6 34929216

Main researcher
Dr. Bertil Blok

Location
Erasmus MC, Rotterdam

Termination date
November 2023

About the project
In Europe, about 300,000 individuals are emptying their urinary bladder daily 4-5 times via intermittent self-catherization with single-use catheters. In other parts of the world, people use primarily reusable catheters, which are not available in Europe. In this multicenter study we will compare in two randomized groups the use of single-use and reusable catheters. 456 patients will be included and followed during 12 months. The primary outcome measurement is symptomatic urinary tract infections. In addition, an extensive cost-effectiveness analysis will be performed, the quality of life will be measured and the microbiomes of both groups will be compared.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
We are looking for a candidate who has experience in one of the following possible area's:

  • Statistics, any experience with cost-effectiveness analyzes or non-inferiority trials
  • Basic scientist within the medical field with ambitions for a post-doc position
  • Epidemiologist who is familiar with setting up large-scale randomized trials
  • Medicine with affinity for trials in social health care.

Affinity with the field of neurology, rehabilitation medicine or urology is an advantage, but not a necessity. The precise details of the work will be further determined in consultation with the candidate. The position will be for 18 to 24 months.

Sensitivity of the Loobos Carbon Cycle to climate variability

Publication date 13-08-2019

Contact
M.K. van der Molen
michiel.vandermolen@wur.nl
+31 (0)317 482104

Main researcher
M.K. van der Molen

Location
Meteorology and Air Quality group, Wageningen University

Termination date
April 2028

About the project
This project is part of the NWO Ruisdael Observatory (http://ruisdael-observatory.nl), a national research infrastructure project for atmospheric research. As part of Ruisdael, long-term observations of the ecosystem carbon cycle are collected in Loobos, a pine forest on sandy soil. In Loobos, we measure the exchange of Carbon Dioxide between the forest and the atmosphere and how sensitive this is to weather and climate. This involves an important climate feedback: because of the increase CO2 concentration in the atmosphere, the warmer climate and more the abundant Nitrogen in the system, the forest grows faster. The growing forests take up CO2 from the atmosphere, which was responsible for the climate change in the first place. However, the climate is not only becoming warmer, it is also becoming more extreme, with more frequent droughts, heat waves and exreme precipitation. We are looking for a researcher to study how these interactions between the carbon cycle and climate variabity has developed in the last decades, using our 20 year database. The analysis will be done for the Loobos site alone and in concert with other, comparable measuring sites in Europe and worldwide. The results must be published in peer-reviewed journals.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
We welcome a researcher with a background in Earth System Science (meteorology, ecology, geography or similar), with experience in data treatment, data analysis, statistics, writing skills. As the person should collaborate with multiple people in WU and outside, communication skills are a precondition.

In search of the affective engram of autobiographical memory

Publication date 12-08-2019

Contact
Annette Dirac
A.M.G.Dirac@uva.nl
+31 (0)20 5252694

Main researcher
Renee M. Visser

Location
Roeterseiland complex, Amsterdam

Termination date
January 2023

About the project
Strong emotional memories form the basis of psychological disorders, such as depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder. The aim of this project is to map the representation of such memories in the brain, using functional magnetic resonance imaging, and test if interventions during memory retrieval can enhance or reduce the emotional tone of these memories. We will initially focus on the development of an experimental paradigm that allows us to create and manipulate emotional memories in healthy participants. Next, we will combine this behavioural paradigm with neuroimaging, and we will test the effects of memory-focussed interventions in clinical populations.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
I am looking for someone with a MSc/PhD degree in psychology, (cognitive) neuroscience or a related field; with a strong interest in memory, experimental psychopathology, clinical psychology and/or brain functioning. A good command of written and spoken English is crucial. Ideally, the candidate has experience with designing, setting up and running experimental studies and quantitative data analysis, or has a lot of experience with psychological interventions.

How we shape our children's brains: From early life adversity to adolescent depression

Publication date 12-08-2019

Contact
Ryan Muetzel
r.muetzel@erasmusmc.nl
+31 (0)10 7031596

Main researcher
Prof. dr. Henning Tiemeier

Location
Erasmus MC University Medical Center

Termination date
31-07-2022

About the project
Many children experience adversities such as harsh parenting, neglect, or bullying. As part of this Vici project, the researchers follow more than 4000 children from fetal life forward to examine if negative experiences change brain development and whether this leads to adolescent depression. The researchers also test which supportive factors buffer adversities. This particular project will utilize machine learning to detect complex patterns in neuroimaging data that relate to depressive symptoms in children. Specifically, we will test whether biological subtypes of depressive symptoms can be identified based on structural and function brain data using machine learning clustering techniques.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
Candidates preferably have a background in statistics, mathematics, or computer science. Candidates with backgrounds in psychiatry or psychology will also be considered. Candidates should possess a master's degree, with the possibility of tailoring the project for either a junior researcher (master's degree) or a senior researcher (PhD). The motivated candidate should also be highly organized and have a keen attention to detail.

Knowing what you know; (why) are some students better at judging their text comprehension than others?

Publication date 02-08-2019

Contact
Janneke van de Pol
j.e.vandepol@uu.nl
+31 (0)30 2531796

Main researcher
Janneke van de Pol

Location
Utrecht University

Termination date
01-04-2021

About the project
This Hestia project is part of the NWO Veni-project of Janneke van de Pol. Her Veni-project focuses on teachers monitoring and regulation of students learning (e.g., how well do teachers know what their students know and what is the best fitting instruction) and on students monitoring and regulation of their own learning. The Hestia researcher will work on a study focusing on secondary education students text comprehension monitoring, that is: how well can students judge their own text comprehension and why are some students better at making such judgments than others? The data for this study is already gathered and is comprehensible without knowledge of the Dutch language. Description of the study: Students' monitoring of how well they comprehend study materials such as texts is crucial for their study behavior and their academic success (Dunlosky & Rawson, 2012). Thus, student monitoring should be as accurate as possible to optimize students learning. Monitoring is accurate when students' judgments of their understanding rely on cues that are predictive of their actual understanding and inaccurate when using cues that are not (e.g., how 'nice'the text topic was; cf. the cue-utilization framework by Koriat, 1997). Although students monitoring accuracy of their own text comprehension is often low, research has shown that it improves when students perform 'generative activities' (see Fiorella & Mayer, 2016) prior to making monitoring judgments about texts (e.g., Van Loon et al., 2014). Generative activities are activities that help students to make their text comprehension explicit by actively generating (i.e., retrieving) textual information from memory (Thiede & De Bruin, 2017), for instance by completing diagrams of causal relations in the text (Van Loon et al., 2014). Generative activities are assumed to improve monitoring accuracy because they provide students with diagnostic cues (i.e., predictive of their comprehension test scores), such as "I completed all boxes in the diagram" or "I could not complete two of the boxes in the diagram". Yet, students actual cue-utilization and the diagnosticity of the cues they use for their actual test performance, are often not determined or only for a limited set of cues. However, knowing which cues are diagnostic and how students cue-utilization relates to their monitoring accuracy is pivotal both in refining the cue-utilization framework in the context of reading comprehension and to help find ways to further improve students monitoring accuracy by steering their cue-utilization. In addition, until now, research on students monitoring accuracy has ignored individual differences between students. Therefore, in this study we will also investigate to what extent different student characteristics (e.g., self-efficacy, intelligence, interest in and prior knowledge of the text topic etc.) affect students monitoring accuracy. Global research questions:

  1. What cues do students use when judging their own text comprehension?
  2. Are students who use more diagnostic cues more accurate?
  3. To what extent are student characteristics related to students monitoring accuracy? (in other words: are some students more accurate than others?).

What type of candidate are we looking for?
We are looking for a candidate with a master or PhD in educational/cognitive psychology or educational sciences. The candidate does not need to be able to speak or write Dutch. A good command of English (spoken and written) is necessary. Experience with statistical analyses (eg., (m)anova, multilevel modelling) is preferred.

The everyday experiences of young refugees and asylum seekers in public spaces

Publication date 25-07-2019

Contact
Ilse van liempt
i.c.vanliempt@uu.nl
+31 (0)6 24980101

Main researcher
Dr. Ilse van Liempt

Location
Amsterdam

Termination date
mei 2022

About the project
Refugee youth often find themselves in precarious positions which means that many occupy public spaces. Their presence in these spaces has however been strongly problematized in Europe. This research project will use arts and cultural initiatives as an entry point to research the personal geographies of young refugees mapping their migration histories, exploring their experiences and asking how their placemaking and artistic practices contribute to the transformation of public space.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
Someone with a background in social sciences, geography, anthropology, sociology, art, or history. Somebody who is fascinated by the city and likes to work with young people. For more information see the HERA website http://heranet.info/projects/public-spaces-culture-and-integration-in-europe/the-everyday-experiences-of-young-refugees-and-asylum-seekers-in-public-spaces/

Targeting immune-lipid crosstalk in cardio-metabolic diseases: focus on HDL dependent regulation of chemokine-receptor signaling

Publication date 25-07-2019

Contact
Emiel van der Vorst
e.vandervorst@maastrichtuniversity.nl
+49 (0)241 8036914

Main researcher
Emiel van der Vorst

Location
Department of Pathology, CARIM, Maastricht University

Termination date
 

About the project
This life-science project focusses on a fundamental question concerning crosstalk between lipids (more specifically lipoproteins) and inflammation (chemokines/chemokine-receptors). The hypothesis is that this crosstalk is a yet unexplored underlying mechanism of cardiovascular and cardiorenal diseases. Using several biochemical and molecular approaches, we aim to unravel how this exact interaction works (direct binding or rather indirect mechanisms). In the end, using in-vitro and in-vivo approaches the physiological and pathological relevance will be investigated with a special focus on leukocyte recruitment and inflammation.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
Candidates (M.Sc or PhD) should have a biology-related focus and (at least some) experience in various biochemical and molecular techniques. Experience with mouse models in highly appreciated. The candidate should fit within a very enthusiastic, motivated team and have good communication skills in English.

 

Unwanted souvenirs: the application of a multi-layered metagenomic epidemiological approach to study the emergence and dissemination of antimicrobial resistance

Publication date 25-07-2019

Contact
John Penders
j.penders@maastrichtuniversity.nl
+31 (0)43 3875134

Main researcher
Dr. J. Penders

Location
Maastricht University

Termination date
31-10-2021

About the project
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), one of the biggest global public health threats, jeopardizes effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections. The exponential increase of international travel may substantially contribute to AMR dissemination. The extent to which travel poses a risk remains largely unknown, as the presence of resistant bacteria in the human microbiota following travel remain undetected unless they cause manifest infections. This project aims to apply a unique multi-layered metagenomic epidemiological approach to gain insight into the emergence, dissemination and potential prevention of AMR by studying the microbiome in international travellers as well as local populations in AMR hotspots (e.g. India and Vietnam).

What type of candidate are we looking for?
The project consists of a combination of bioinformatics analyses of metagenomic data as well as microbiological lab analysis (culturing, recombinant DNA technologies and sequencing). The candidate could either have prior experience in bioinformatics of complex data (i.e. hold a Master in bioinformatics or biostatistics) or have prior experience in Microbiology (e.g. a Biomedical Science Master or similar with specific courses/internships in microbiology-related topics).

Shared decision-making in cancer care among ethnic minority populations

Publication date 25-07-2019

Contact
Dr Dorothea Touwen
d.p.touwen@lumc.nl
+31 (0)71 5263235

Main researcher
D.P. Touwen

Location
Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum

Termination date
01-01-2023

About the project
Shared decision making is advocated as the preferred model to engage patients in the decision about treatment options. In decision making with ethnic minority patients, this approach turns out to be difficult due to language barriers, differences in health beliefs and concepts of illness, different role expectations, low health literacy. We will analyse why the model does not function well in the care for ethnic minority patients and how to improve it, combining scientific approaches deriving from medicine, sociology, anthropology, decision making and ethics, using qualitative research methods like interviews and focus groups, speaking with patients, relatives and professionals.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
We are looking for a researcher interested in different cultures and values, in ethics and in health care issues. The researcher is fascinated by the moral question "what constitutes good care for this patient?" and wants to study expectations and preferences of patients that derive from their cultural background. The researcher has excellent communication skills to interview patients and relatives (if necessary with the help of an interpreter) on their hopes and wishes. The researcher is interested in the deliberation on the question how to combine Dutch professional views and the needs and preferences of patients from non-Dutch (medical) cultures.

Scenarios for providing multiple ecosystem services and biodiversity in viticultural landscapes (SECBIVIT)

Publication date 25-07-2019

Contact
Nina Schwarz
n.schwarz@utwente.nl
+31 (0)53 4891455

Main researcher
Nina Schwarz

Location
Enschede

Termination date
31 December 2021

About the project
Viticulture, the cultivation of grapes, is among the oldest and most profitable forms of agriculture. The SECBIVIT project (https://www.itc.nl/global-impact/itc-major-projects/!/secbivit) develops and tests different model frameworks to explore alternative forms of grape cultivation to better balance grape production, biodiversity conservation and ecosystem service supply for different climate and policies scenarios in five European regions. ITC, University of Twente, is in charge of modelling how winegrowers decision-making on pest management and soil conservation practices in these scenarios impacts biodiversity and ecosystem services.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
We are looking for a motived candidate to develop a Hestia research project together with us, complementary to the current SECBIVIT project activities. For example, a candidate could propose to: - investigate the decision-making of winegrowers in an additional case study region with survey techniques; - add an additional layer of complexity to the agent-based models that are being developed; - to explore the temporal dynamics of groundcover and the ecosystem services it provides for vineyards using GIS and high resolution remote sensing. Candidates should be able to build on their existing knowledge and skills for the research project they are proposing. In addition to these topic-related skills, we would like candidates to be cooperative and able to work independently; have good academic English language skills; be interested to work in an interdisciplinary and international environment. We specifically encourage junior scientists to get in touch.

The Paradox of Romantic Love

Publication date 19-07-2019

Contact
Rahil Roodsaz
r.roodsaz@uva.nl
+31 (0)20 5252504

Main researcher
Rahil (Ameneh) Roodsaz

Location
Universiteit van Amsterdam, AISSR

Termination date
31-12-2022

About the project
The ideal of romantic love appears hard to achieve in practice. Its appeal to the paradoxical values of autonomy and commitment coupled with the late-modern individual responsibility for happiness causes profound challenges. This project investigates how individuals in the Netherlands negotiate romantic love in various intimate relationships and households. An intersectional perspective, using gender, class, race and religiosity as analytical lenses, will provide a diversity-sensitive approach to the constructions of love and intimacy. These constructions will be examined both at the level of everyday life and in various formal and informal therapeutic and self-help practices.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
Junior researcher: Master degree in cultural anthropology, gender studies or a related field in social sciences or humanities; Experience with qualitative research methods; Good research and writing skills; Proficiency in spoken and written English and good command of spoken (and written) Dutch. Senior researcher: PhD in cultural anthropology, gender studies or a related field in social sciences or humanities; Extensive experience with qualitative research methods; Excellent research and writing skills; Proficiency in spoken and written English and good command of spoken (and written) Dutch.

Thinking inside the Voxel - What can the magnetic fields tell us about white matter properties?

Publication date 19-07-2019

Contact
José P. Marques
J.marques@donders.ru.nl
+31 (0)6 58749456

Main researcher
José Pedro Marques

Location
Donders centre for cognitive neuroimaging, Radboud University, Nijmegen

Termination date
31-07-2021

About the project
The study of white matter structure and integrity is a hot research topic that has been pursued using various MR-based methodologies: diffusion weighted imaging, (multi-compartment) relaxometry, phase imaging and QSM. Yet these measures have never been truly integrated or validated. We expect to develop and validate complex models of signal evolution that can be used to convert sets of magnetic resonance images, into the magnetic properties of the white matter myelin sheath and the relative size of intra and extra-axonal compartments.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
We are seeking an enthusiastic master or PhD in physics or signal processing that will help us translate some of our modelling findings into deep learning networks that can decode brain microstructure

WaterTagging: DNA-microparticles for tracing and modelling water flows and travel times in natural systems

Publication date 19-07-2019

Contact
Thom Bogaard
t.a.bogaard@tudelft.nl
+31 (0)15 2784286

Main researcher
Dr T.A. Bogaard

Location
Mainly TUDelft, UU and IHE Delft

Termination date
2022

About the project
Societal demand for water safety is continuously increasing, being it resilient against flood/droughts, clean water for ecosystems, recreation or safe drinking water. Robust methods to measure temporal and spatial patterns of water and contaminant pathways are still lacking. This project aims to develop and apply (1) innovative, robust, and environmental-friendly silica-protected micro-particles tagged with artificial DNA to trace contaminant movement and travel times of water and (2) an innovative coupled model approach to capture dynamics in hydrological pathways and their effects on water quality. The exceptional property of DNA-tagging is the infinite number of unique tracers that can be produced and their detectability at extreme low concentrations.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
We are looking for a reseracher with lab experience in micro-biology or chemical analysis. Accurate and independent working attitude is key in this stage of the research. Interest and some knowledge in water related, environmental research or practice would be welcome as well.

Ideas at Scale - Towards a Computational History of Ideas (e-Ideas)

Publication date 09-07-2019

Contact
Arianna Betti
ariannabetti@gmail.com
+31 (0)20 525 45 43

Main researcher
Arianna Betti

Location
ILLC, University of Amsterdam

Termination date
31-12-2021

About the project
The interdisciplinary project e-Ideas investigates the methodological foundations for a computational history of ideas. The goal is to trace the development of concepts like 'science', 'logical consequence', 'number', 'life', etcetera, through time by means of the use of computational tools. e-Ideas develops computational tools for the history of philosophy and uses them on texts with which the philosophers in our team are highly familiar, with the aim of establishing in which way, and under which conditions, historians of philosophy can benefit from the use of computational methods.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
We are looking for a computer scientist or programmer which is interested in collaboration with philosophers, and which can and wants to contribute to the development and fine-tuning of computational methods for the history of philosophy. Preferably someone with good Python skills and familiarity with information retrieval and machine learning techniques and/or formal ontologies.

Bone Microfactory: development of a plug-and-play microfluidic platform for combinatorial production and high-throughput screening of bone graft substitutes

Publication date 09-07-2019

Contact
Prof. dr. Pamela Habibovic
p.habibovic@maastrichtuniversity.nl
+31 (0)6 12186343

Main researcher
Prof. dr. Pamela Habibovic, dr. H.S. Rho, Y. Selsouli, and M.J.R. Eischen-Loges

Location
MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine, Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands

Termination date
31-08-2022

About the project
Bone tissue lack or loss is a global clinical problem for over 20 million people annually. In large defects, the bone natural ability to heal fails, which requires transplantation of autologous, or a patient's own tissue. The treatment is associated with drawbacks, e.g., high costs, limited availability, and clinical complications, hence, it is urgent to obtain inexpensive engineered bone graft substitutes. The project aims to develop an innovative platform to test a large number of new materials and their combinations. The platform is based on microfluidic devices for combinatorial and high-throughput production of bioinorganics-functionalized calcium phosphate ceramics and includes customized collectors for cell-based screening.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
We are looking for highly motivated candidates with a background in engineering, physics, micro- or nanotechnology, biomedical science, or related topic. The candidates should be an enthusiastic person with well-developed communication skills and be capable of working independently as well as in a multidisciplinary team. Innovative and creative thinking are other requirements.

Decision SUpport ToolS for Risk-based Prioritization and Control of Contaminants of Emerging Concern SUSPECt

Publication date 09-07-2019

Contact
Sjoerd van der Zee
sjoerd.vanderzee@wur.nl
+31 (0)6 22934040

Main researcher
Prof. dr. Sjoerd van der Zee

Location
Wageningen

Termination date
01-11-2022

About the project
New chemicals are emitted into the environment and are a cause of concern. In our project SUSPECt, the Wageningen partners focus on the contaminants of emerging concern (CEC) and in particular those associated with land application of animal manure such as veterinary pharmaceuticals, hormones, desinfectants. We investigate manure use, CEC-sorption, transport and effect in the soil-groundwater-surface water environment. We do this by tracking manure transport and applications in the Netherlands, CEC-loading on/in soil, soil chemistry of CEC, and transport to ground and surface water.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
We search a candidate (F/M) with knowledge of soil and/or environmental Chemistry or a related discipline (e.g. chemical engineering). Some experience in modeling of chemical processes in soils and aquifers is a strong advantage. Preferred are candidates with a PhD, though those with a MSc might fit in our program too.

Re-Use of Treated effluent for agriculture RUST

Publication date 09-07-2019

Contact
Sjoerd van der Zee
sjoerd.vanderzee@wur.nl
+31 (0)6 22934040

Main researcher
Prof. dr. Sjoerd van der Zee

Location
Wageningen

Termination date
14-03-2022

About the project
Re-use of Treated Waste Water/effluent (TWW) for sub-irrigation in agriculture serves the dual purpose of supplying water to crops and diminishing emissions of Contaminants of Emerging Concern CECs into surface water. To investigate re-use, at two field sites that have climate adaptive drainage facilities TWW is introduced by sub-irrigation to store water until summer, when the crop needs it. We aim to investigate how sub-irrigation/drainage cycles can be optimally designed and operated, to raise groundwater levels towards the root zone and decrease CECs emission to surface water. As emission of CECs to the deeper groundwater or CEC uptake in crops should be negligible (stand still-principle), operation should take the complicated 3 dimensional and highly dynamic flow and transport routes into account, and consider the impact of erratic weather. Analysis of flow, CEC transport and degradation, and the supply of water and CECs to the root zone are monitored at both field sites. A characterisation of a broad selection of CECs present in the TWW in the laboratory is based on column experiments. To test the validity of derived sorption, mobility and degradation parameters, column experiments are done for different conditions. With numerical modelling, the agreement between model and column breakthrough is determined. Using the same parameters, the fate of CECs in the field is modelled and compared with observations. In a final step, the models are used for a risk and regional upscaling assessment.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
We are interested in a candidate (F/M) with a background in Chemistry (interaction of chemicals with soil), or in hydrology (flow and chemical transport in soil and groundwater). Broader backgrounds (environmental or geosciences education) with experience in mathematical or numerical modelling of processes are also considered. In particular, we aim for a candidate with a PhD.

Preservation as performance: liveness, loss and viability in electroacoustic music

Publication date 09-07-2019

Contact
Hannah Bosma
h.m.bosma@uva.nl
+31 (0)20 525 44 43

Main researcher
Dr. Hannah Bosma

Location
Amsterdam, and other places depending on your project

Termination date
31-01-2023

About the project
Digital technologies are integrated into almost every aspect of contemporary culture. But the preservation of digital information is a complex problem: how to select what has to be preserved and how to keep it in working condition, to prevent a 'digital dark age'. In electronic art music, such preservation issues are prominent, due to the early obsolescence of new media and technology, the liveness and ephemerality of performance, its interdisciplinarity, and aesthetic, cultural and social-political developments. This is exemplary for the current crisis of contemporary cultural heritage where new media, technology, art and culture intersect. While previous research mainly focused on technical solutions and procedures, this Veni-project will investigate processes of preservation and heritage formation in West-European electroacoustic music as related to its production, dissemination, performance, reception and aesthetics. Various human and non-human actors are surveyed, such as composers, sound engineers, performers, music publishers, electronic musical instruments, music institutes, musea, archival institutes, publication media, and music technologies. IRCAM, STEIM, PME-tecnica, and twelve compositions function as research 'nodes'. These are interesting and relevant because of their international reputations, long track records, and interconnections, and because they represent the amalgamation of composition, improvisation, instrument creation, and live performance in various ways. By plotting actor-networks and trajectories of musical objects and by editing extended score documentations, compositions or instruments will be conceived as dynamic, evolving in time, in a network of heterogeneous actors. Musical and cultural analysis will add an aesthetic and reflective layer. This dynamic and contextual conception of musical heritage as performative practice will challenge prevalent ideas on authenticity and preservation. Liveness, loss, viability and preservation of electroacoustic music affect all musical actors at the core. Besides disseminating my findings via academic channels, I will engage music professionals and heritage experts via workshops and other projects.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
I am looking for a candidate who:

  • Is acquainted with and interested in electroacoustic music, interdisciplinary music and/or music technology and has an academic (and perhaps also practical) background in musicology, music studies, music technology, performance studies, sound studies, preservation studies, media art, digital humanities, media studies, science and technology studies, or other relevant field.
  • Is cooperative and able to work independently.
  • Has good academic English language skills.
  • Is interested to propose and discuss a new case study or small research project that is related to the main research project.

You could do one or more separate case studies or help with parts of the main research project, such as:

  • Collect, edit and set up extended score documentation of one or more electroacoustic compositions by searching in archives and by interviewing and collaborating with composers, musicians and sound engineers, etc., and tracing networks and trajectories.
  • Researching network and trajectory of another musical object, such as an electronic musical instrument (hardware and/or software).
  • Set up a wiki for an international group of collaborators, with an inventory of archives of electroacoustic music, and/or a database with information on electroacoustic compostions, in collaboration with similar projects.

I am also interested in your own ideas for a project related to the main research project; this could extend to the preservation of other musical or cultural fields than electroacoustic music.

Living on the Other Side: A Multidisciplinary Analysis of Migration and Family Law in Morocco

Publication date 09-07-2019

Contact
Nadia Sonneveld
n.sonneveld@law.leidenuniv.nl
+31 (0)71 527 30 37

Main researcher
Nadia Sonneveld

Location
The Netherlands and Morocco

Termination date
31-12-2024

About the project
European leaders negotiate migration agreements with North African governments. Yet, what are migrants' legal rights in these countries and how do receiving states and migrants deal with them in practice? Living on the Other Side provides answers through a legal-anthropological analysis of migrants' family life affairs in Morocco.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
We are looking for a candidate who is capable of reading and analysing Arabic texts, and who can put into writing his/her analysis in English. The texts deal with migrants in Morocco and the way the Moroccan government tries to regulate their rights. The candidate is expected to work with both printed text materials (e.g. legal texts, (social) media articles dealing with migration in Morocco) and handwritten documents (e.g. court records, extracts from civil registrars). The PI and the candidate are both responsible for collecting the necessary texts. We expect that most texts can be found online.

The genetics of epigenetics: How misplaced epigenetic marks can lead to disease

Publication date 09-07-2019

Contact
Lucia Clemens-Daxinger
l.clemens-daxinger@lumc.nl
+31 (0)71 526 94 48

Main researcher
Lucia Clemens-Daxinger

Location
Leiden University Medical Centre

Termination date
31-08-2023

About the project
Chemical tags to the DNA and its associated histone proteins help cells to decide whether a gene is turned on or turned off. The aim of this project is to understand how mutations in the 'readers, writers and erasers' of these tags lead to incorrect gene expression and disease. To address this, we are applying a combination of molecular biology, biochemistry and next generation sequencing technologies using different mammalian cell culture model systems.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
We are looking for a candidate with an interest in gene regulation, epigenetics and a molecular biology or biochemistry background. In addition, this project could be appealing to candidates with a bioinformatics background. Prior experience with wet-lab work or analysis of next generation sequencing data would be beneficial, but is not essential. A strong command of English, and the ability and willingness to work in an international and multidisciplinary team is a must.

Boosting gastro-esophageal cancer immunity

Publication date 09-07-2019

Contact
Sarah Derks
s.derks@amsterdamumc.nl
+31 (0)20 444 32 10

Main researcher
Sarah Derks

Location
Amsterdam UMC, location VUMC

Termination date
15-02-2021

About the project
Gastro-esohageal cancer (GEA) is a deadly disease with is at least partly due to therapy resistance in early stage disease. In this project we use a novel strategy to study the biology of therapy resistance and use this to development of alternative treatment strategies. As we have a unique study team of clinicians and biologists at Amsterdam UMC, we are able to acquire fresh post-treatment tumor specimen of patients with GEA, bring these to the laboratory to further study the biology of therapy resistance using organoid and coculturing models. This approach will not only provide insights in the tumor biology and therapy resistance but also be used for the foundation of an adjuvant clinical trial.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
We are looking for a English or Dutch speaking scientist with a medical or biological background with experience in oncology that is interested in translational research and has experience in a laboratory. Experience with cell culture would be a plus.

Rethinking the Outer Limits of Secondary Liability for International Crimes and Serious Human Rights Violations

Publication date 09-07-2019

Contact
Goran Sluiter
g.k.sluiter@uva.nl
+31 (0)20 525 33 68

Main researcher
Goran Sluiter

Location
Amsterdam, UvA, FdR

Termination date
01-09-2023

About the project
Secondary liability is about accountability of those who help in the commission of a wrongful act. This project explores the adequacy of secondary liability in case of human rights violations. It aims to readjust -expand- law and practice on secondary liability in light of the demands of human rights protection.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
Aim is to strengthen the project with a case study of a serious situation in which states and/or companies have assisted in international crimes. Syria would be a good case study. A candidate from Syria with a background or interest in human rights would be very welcome.

Art & Politics: Reimaging Institutions

Publication date 08-07-2019

Contact
Chiara De Cesari
c.decesari@uva.nl
+31 (0)6 49843145

Main researcher
Chiara De Cesari

Location
University of Amsterdam

Termination date
01-10-2024

About the project
Many think that art can change the world and reinvent our institutions in crisis. But is it so and how does it work? This project studies how artistic practices provide a platform for institutional experimentation and innovation across and beyond Europe.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
I am looking for a researcher with a PhD or MA degree in the social sciences or humanities interested in researching the relationship between art and politics from a cultural studies/anthropological perspective. The researcher will research in particular how art and artistic practices can support (transnational) community- and institution-building across the Syrian diaspora or other diaspora communities under duress. Focus will be on how art may provide the opportunity for thinking new institution after the failure or destruction of older state ones.

Combining Optics and Acoustics For Realtime Guidance during Cancer Surgery

Publication date 04-07-2019

Contact
Harald Groen
h.groen@nki.nl
+31 (0)20 512 10 04

Main researcher
Prof. dr. Theo Ruers

Location
Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam

Termination date
31-03-2022

About the project
In cancer surgery, surgeons generally operate at a delicate balance between achieving radical tumor resection and preventing morbidity from too extensive surgical resection. Within this context, there is long lasting but still unmet need for a precise surgical tool that informs the surgeon on the tissue type at the tip of his instrument and in this way can guide the surgical procedure. To this end, we will employ an innovative approach of image-guided surgery by combining the unique characteristics of ultrasound imaging (US) with the excellent tissue sensing characteristics of optical spectroscopy (DRS). For this project, we are looking for a scientist who is able to design, integrate and test ultrasound probe tracking into our existing surgical navigation setup. As such, the technique can be used for real-time guidance during cancer surgeries.

What type of candidate are we looking for?

  • A junior scientist with a master degree in biomedical engineering, computer science,  electrical engineering  or  bioinformatics
  • Programming skills in MATLAB and Python
  • Understanding of basic image analysis and signal processing
  • A good team player with excellent communication skills
  • A creative solution-finder

New dimensions in human cerebellar MRI

Publication date 04-07-2019

Contact
Wietske van der Zwaag
w.vanderzwaag@spinozacentre.nl
+31 (0)20 566 16 79

Main researcher
Wietske van der Zwaag

Location
Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging, Amsterdam

Termination date
30-09-2024

About the project
In this Vidi project, we will develop new, advanced MRI techniques and processing strategies to better visualize cerebellar function. The cerebellum, or little brain, is a densely structured brain region positioned behind the brainstem. It is important for tasks ranging from finger movements to controlling emotions. Its structure means extreme spatial resolution (<0.2mm) is required to sample the anatomical details completely. We will work on this very high resolution imaging as well as the structure-function coupling within the cerebellum. Motor-related tasks such as planning, timing and proprioception are especially of interest.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
There are multiple ways in which this project can be extended: (1) by studying the more cognitive functions of the cerebellum, which would suit a cognitive neuroscientist or psychologist with background in MRI; (2) by investigating changes in the motor system and how these are reflected in the cerebellum, which would fit for a movement disorders specialist or (3) by further improving the MR imaging by strengthening our team with an MR physicist and even (4) by improving the segmentation and analysis of the MRI data with a data analyst with MR experience.

CARRIER

Publication date 04-07-2019

Contact
Prof. dr. Andre Dekker
andre.dekker@maastro.nl
+31 (0)88 445 56 00

Main researcher
Prof. dr. A. Dekker

Location
Maastricht

Termination date
01-09-2023

About the project
CARRIER proposes a big data-driven approach to detection and prevention of coronary artery disease. Models learnt from big data will help identify patients at increased risk and will drive disease management. An electronic lifestyle coach will support adherence to a personalised health management plan co-created by patients and clinicians.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
Engineer or scientist with a background in computer science, machine learning and data handling preferably in a medical context.

Neural time processing networks across the senses

Publication date 02-07-2019

Contact
Ben Harvey
b.m.harvey@uu.nl
+31 (0)30 253 45 82

Main researcher
Ben Harvey

Location
Utrecht University

Termination date
30-09-2022

About the project
Our sense of time helps us interact with events in the world around us. It changes with age and some mental illnesses. At present, psychologists don't understand how the brain processes time. This research uses brain scanning to show how the brain processes and integrates time information from our different senses.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
We are looking for someone who:

  • has studied (formally or self guided) in Psychology, Neuroscience, Engineering, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence or a related field;
  • takes a strongly quantitative, computational view of Psychology and Neuroscience;
  • has strong computer programming skills;
  • takes a practical approach to solving technical problems;
  • has strong written and spoken English communication skills (no Dutch required).

Barcoding atherosclerotic plaque cells: single cell sequencing to reveal heterogeneity and functional impact of atherosclerotic plaque cells

Publication date 02-07-2019

Contact
Dr. Judith Sluimer
Judith.sluimer@maastrichtuniversity.nl
+31 (0)43 387 76 65

Main researcher
Dr. Judith Sluimer

Location
Maastricht University, Pathology

Termination date
31-08-2023

About the project
Rupture of an atherosclerotic plaque is the cause of a myocardial infarct and / or stroke. Plaque rupture is partly due to a disturbed connective tissue turnover. We will study the underlying cause, using a new technology to study the expression profiles of single, individual cells: single cell sequencing The aim of the project is to study function and lineage of new subtypes of matrix-producing cells in the vessel wall in vitro and in vivo. Techniques involved are Bioinformatics (optionally), cell culture, in vivo models, analysis of mRNA and protein tissue expression and location

What type of candidate are we looking for?
Prospective PhD-candidates or postdocs, with a degree in Biology, Health Sciences or Medicine. Individuals with prior experience in bioinformatics, cell culture and/or in vivo models are encouraged to apply. We appreciate a great team spirit, perseverance, a driven, independent and curious nature, international orientation, and good communication skills in English.

Citizen-friendly data communication

Publication date 02-07-2019

Contact
Gijs van Maanen
g.vanmaanen@uvt.nl
+31 (0)6 38100621

Main researcher
Prof. dr. Anne Meuwese

Location
Tilburg

Termination date
30-04-2021

About the project
Public bodies have lots of data, but administrative law encourages them insufficiently to share these data with citizens in a comprehensible and meaningful way. This project explores new legal and ethical ways to stimulate and optimize data communication by public bodies and to help citizens in interpreting these data, in particular through visualization tools.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
We are looking for a candidate with a background in for example public administration, law, ethics, and/or data visualization who is interested in and capable of developing her or his own research project, related to the mentioned NWO project. Examples of such a project could be an international or comparative study analysis of governmental data-communication, or an in-depth study into the communicative capacities of a single governmental body in the Netherlands itself.

Challenging masculinities? The institution of marriage for young Senegalese migrant men under conditions of involuntary return to Senegal

Publication date 02-07-2019

Contact
Professor Valentina Mazzucato
v.mazzucato@maastrichtuniversity.nl
+31 (0)43 388 34 76

Main researcher
Professor Valentina Mazzucato

Location
Netherlands, Maastricht / Senegal, Dakar

Termination date
31-11-2021

About the project
This project investigates how return migration is related to ideas and perspectives about masculinities and the institution of marriage in Senegal. Migration is one way for young Senegalese men to gain the necessary resources to marry and become household heads. Yet migration to Europe can result in aborted migration projects as migrants are forced to return to their country of origin due to strict migration governance. How do young men and their surroundings deal with expectations of being an adult man in Senegal and their (aborted) migration experiences? Based on ethnographic fieldwork, this project investigates the socio-cultural consequences of such returns.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
We are looking for an enthusiastic social scientist who has interview experience and a strong interest in the themes of the research project. The researcher is motivated, and has strong communication skills. Furthermore, the candidate has the necessary language competences to connect to the target group and the project team and an understanding of the West African context. This can include French/ English/ Dutch and/or a local languages spoken by the target group. The preferred candidate has lived in West-Africa and/ or has a network of West African migrants. We are looking for a social scientist who can interview West African migrants in Europe about their experiences and ambitions to return to their country of origin.

Bridging Clinical Genetics to the bench and back: Deciphering the impact of non-coding genome alterations in the pathogenesis of neurodevelopmental disorders

Publication date 25-06-2019

Contact
Stefan Barakat
t.barakat@erasmusmc.nl
+31 (0)10 703 00 51

Main researcher
Stefan Barakat

Location
Erasmus MC Rotterdam

Termination date
20-04-2021

About the project
Neurodevelopmental disorders (NDs), such as intellectual disability and malformations of cortical brain development are frequently occurring diseases, but their genetics are incompletely understood. Large scale diagnostic approaches focusing on all coding genes usually have a diagnostic yield of about 30-50%, leaving many cases at present unexplained. Since 1) today's state of the art clinical techniques focus only on coding genes and 2) it has become clear that the non-coding genome is important for regulation of coding genes, an intriguing hypothesis is that many currently unexplained genetic ND cases could be caused or influenced by alterations of non-coding sequences. We have previously developed a novel functional genomics approach called ChIP-STARR-seq (Barakat et al, Cell Stem Cell 2018) that enables the generation of genome-wide enhancer activity maps, helping us to understand better the functional relevance of non-coding sequences. In this project we are using this and other approaches to identify regulatory elements that are crucial for brain development and that might be altered in patients. The outcome of this study will improve current diagnostic approaches for patients and will further improve our understanding of brain development.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
We are looking for a motivated scientist at postdoc level with prior experience in human (clinical) genetics or bioinformatics/computer science relevant to the analysis of next generation sequencing data. A combination of experiences in both fields would make you an outstanding candidate. Being a team player is key to success.

EMERCHE: Effect-directed Monitoring tools to assess Ecological and human health Risks of CHemicals of Emerging concern in the water cycle

Publication date 25-06-2019

Contact
Paul van den Brink
paul.vandenbrink@wur.nl
+31 (0)317 48 16 15

Main researcher
Paul J. van den Brink

Location
Wageningen

Termination date
01-01-2022

About the project
Regarding effective monitoring for water quality, there is a need for biologically relevant answers to this question. In EMERCHE, we will explore an optimal choice and coupling of available new effect-based monitoring technologies at various levels of biological organization. We will evaluate all promising effect directed monitoring tools on their ability to 1) produce meaningful trigger values, 2) to be predictive for ecological effects and 3) be practically useful. The remaining tools will be put in an integrative framework which covers all relevant ecological aspects and guidance will be provided.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
Background in environmental chemistry, aquatic ecology, microbiology or field biology.

Well-being, Women and Work in Ethiopia: Creating synergies between SDGs 3, 5 and 8 through Foreign Direct Investment (The "3WE" project)

Publication date 24-06-2019

Contact
Prof. Valentina Mazzucato
v.mazzucato@maastrichtuniversity.nl
+31 (0)43 388 33 81

Main researcher
Prof. Valentina Mazzucato

Location
Maastricht University, The Netherlands and Ethiopia

Termination date
30-04-2023

About the project
There is an urgent need to understand how foreign direct investment (FDI) generated employment is affecting the well-being of workers, and women in particular, in Africa where FDI is becoming one of the main sources of new employment opportunities and economic growth on the continent. This project will study this question through the case of Ethiopia, one of Africa's fastest growing economies, with unprecedented rates of female wage labour. It asks whether the rapid influx of foreign direct investment (FDI) from different types of investors into various sectors of the Ethiopian economy is creating decent work for female workers.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
We are looking for a candidate with experience in conducting qualitative research such as in-depth interviews or ethnographic methods and who can speak Amharic or another Ethiopian/Eritrean language. The candidate should have a social science degree at either a Masters or PhD level and have good command of English.

Mathematics and Algorithms for 3D Imaging of Dynamic Processes

Publication date 24-06-2019

Contact
Dr. Felix Lucka
Felix.Lucka@cwi.nl
+31 (0)20 592 40 71

Main researcher
Prof. dr. K.J. Batenburg

Location
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI)

Termination date
31-01-2023

About the project
While obtaining high quality images of static objects is feasible with many tomography modalities such as CT, MRI or PET nowadays, imaging fast dynamic processes with both high spatial and temporal resolution remains very challenging but is of high interest in various clinical and scientific applications. In this project, we develop and evaluate mathematical and computational approaches for this purpose. Depending on the interests and background of the candidate, the focus can be on mathematical modeling, inverse problems, numerical optimization, parallel computing, machine learning or experimental data acquisition and processing.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
The candidate must hold an MSc degree in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or Electrical/Medical Engineering. Good programming skills are essential. Experience with tomographic reconstruction, image processing, and volumetric reconstruction is desirable. Preferable qualifications for candidates include proven research talent, an excellent command of English, and good academic writing and presentation skills.

Coining Roman rule? The emergence of coinage as money in the Roman world

Publication date 24-06-2019

Contact
Marleen Termeer
m.k.termeer@uva.nl
+31 (0)20 525 44 91

Main researcher
Marleen Termeer

Location
University of Amsterdam

Termination date
31-01-2023

About the project
In the ancient world, Rome was relatively late to adopt coinage as a form of money. This project investigates how coinage came to be accepted, and how this relates to Rome's emerging rule. In this way, it helps to understand coinage and money as a social and political phenomenon. As part of the project, data on coin production and circulation will be made available online as Linked Open Data.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
This project would be of interest to archaeologists and ancient historians, preferably with knowledge of (early) Roman numismatics. Familiarity with digital numismatics initiatives such as nomisma.org, or more general affinity with digital humanities, would be an asset.

An experimentally validated model for central carbon metabolism in Aspergillus niger to elucidate fungal flexibility in conversion of plant-biomass derived sugars

Publication date 18-06-2019

Contact
Ronald de Vries
r.devries@wi.knaw.nl
+31 (0)30 212 26 00

Main researcher
Prof. dr. ir. Ronald P. de Vries

Location
Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, Utrecht

Termination date
28-02-2021

About the project
During growth on plant biomass fungi release various monomeric sugars that can be metabolized through different pathways. Using genome and transcriptome data, we have modelled these pathways for the fungus Aspergillus niger. In this project, we are experimentally validating this model by deleting all the identified genes of the pathways. Analysis of these deletion strains will reveal which metabolic steps can be performed by alternative enzymes and after identification, these will also be deleted. This experimentally validates model will enable us to design strains that produce valuable metabolites.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
I’m looking for candidates with a molecular biology or biochemistry background. Experience with fungi or yeast would be beneficial, but is not essential. The same applies to experience with bioinformatic analyses. What is important is the ability and willingness to work in a multidisciplinary and multicultural team.

Individual development: Why some children thrive, and others don't - Genetics

Publication date 18-06-2019

Contact
Prof. Dorret Boomsma
di.boomsma@vu.nl
+31 (0)20 598 87 89

Main researcher
Prof. Chantal Kemner & Prof. Dorret Boomsma

Location
Amsterdam

Termination date
01-05-2023

About the project
The Consortium on Individual Development aims to build a comprehensive model of how developmental differences between children arise as a result of the interplay of child characteristics and environmental factors. One of the consortium members is the Netherlands Twin Register (NTR), which is hosted by the Dept. of Biological Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Within the Consortium on Individual Development, the NTR conducts large-scale studies on the interplay of genetic and environmental factors on child development.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
At the Netherlands Twin Register (NTR) we are seeking a scholar to study individual differences in child development. This can be from the perspective of child psychology, epidemiology, psychometrics, quantitative genetics, genome-wide associations, epigenetics, or metabolomics. Topics include (but are not restricted to) educational achievement, intergenerational transmission, aggression, and behavioural control. Required: strong statistical skills and strong communicational skills in English. Info on the NTR website.

Simulating tourism water consumption with stakeholders

Publication date 18-06-2019

Contact
Bas Amelung
bas.amelung@wur.nl
+31 (0)6 19134663

Main researcher
Bas Amelung

Location
Wageningen

Termination date
30-06-2022

About the project
In the Mediterranean region, tourism is an important but under-researched consumer of water. This project aims to 1) estimate tourism's share in current and future macro-level water scarcity in the Mediterranean, and 2) study and simulate water-related behaviour of tourism stakeholders at the micro-level. The project's ultimate objective is to inform tourism decision-makers about the effectiveness of a variety of measures to reduce tourism's water consumption.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
We are looking for a candidate with strong programming skills, and preferably agent-based modelling experience. An interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary research attitude, integrating social and natural sciences and stakeholder participation, is a plus. Prior knowledge of tourism and/or water management would be a bonus, but is not required. Excellent command of English is a must.

The Race-Religion Intersection

Publication date 18-06-2019

Contact
Anya Topolski
a.topolski@ftr.ru.nl

Main researcher
Anya Topolski

Location
Nijmegen

Termination date
June 2022

About the project
The goal of this research is to develop a European critical philosophy of race by focusing on the intersection of race and religion manifest in terms of antisemitism, islamophobia and antizyganism. This proposal develops a framework to fill a significant lacuna in European philosophy. It is also directly relevant to societal concerns as it is impossible to understand the complexity of racial exclusion in Europe without a comprehensive understanding of the race-religion intersection. At present, the socially-constructed category of race is most often restricted to colour-based or biological notions of race. While many undoubtedly will challenge the need to re-open the painful past of European antisemitism in order to better understand its contemporary manifestations, just as many will refuse to acknowledge that islamophobia and antizyganism are forms of racism, it is imperative that these challenges be met not only by activists, but also by academics.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
We are looking for candidates who do critical research on the topic of race/racialisation/racism. We are an inter-religious interdisciplinary team and appreciate different disciplinary backgrounds. Our current research focuses in on race/religion in African and Latin America - in relation with European coloniality. The link to refugees is also an under-studied one. Current side projects at present are on the European witch-hunts and anti-zyganism. Our communication language is English. Please visit our site for more information.

Parameterized Complexity of Approximate Bayesian Inferences

Publication date 18-06-2019

Contact
Johan Kwisthout
j.kwisthout@donders.ru.nl
+31 (0)24 365 59 77

Main researcher
Johan Kwisthout

Location
Nijmegen

Termination date
31-03-2021

About the project
In this project our aim is to understand when, why, and how approximate Bayesian inferences can be tractable despite NP-hardness of this problem in general. We study the structural properties of fixed-error randomized tractability and establish both intractability results and fixed-parameter tractable algorithms, with a specific application in the neuroscientific "Bayesian Brain" and "Predictive Processing" theories of cortical processes.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
We are looking for an applied mathematician or theoretical computer scientist who is interested in the mathematical properties of reasoning under uncertainty and stochastic computations.

Targeting platelets in the prevention of recurrent cardiovascular events

Publication date: 25-07-2019

Contact
Judith Cosemans
Judith.cosemans@maastrichtuniversity.nl
+31 (0)43 3881534

Main applicant
J.Cosemans

Location
Maastricht University

Termination date
15-1-2023

About the project
The goal of this biomedical project is to disclose underlying signaling mechanisms for the role of platelets in recurrent cardiovascular events, such as myocardial infarction and stroke, and to find new reference points for antithrombotic medication. The project involves a local team of platelet biologists, physicians and a drug design specialist with ample input from (inter)nationally-based biomedical engineers and proteomics specialists. Research techniques include advanced microscopic imaging, experimental (athero)thrombosis studies, histology, proteomics, specific platelet function tests and a vessel-on-a-chip approach using microfluidics.

What type of candidate are we looking for?
A candidate with a masters degree in biomedical sciences, medical biology, biochemistry or comparable. The candidate is highly motivated, holds a solution-oriented mindset, and is a true team player. The candidate should have good verbal and written English communication skills (at least C1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference).