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PhD Neuroscience

The PhD possibilities at the researchschool ONWAR (Neurosciences Amsterdam Rotterdam)

Summary PhD at ONWAR

One of the major scientific challenges is understanding how the brain works. But regardless of whether it is about diseases such as Parkinson or dementia or processes such as memory or learning, researchers are slowly but surely coming a step closer in unraveling this mystery. The research school ONWAR (Graduate School Neurosciences Amsterdam Rotterdam)  carries out research into brain matters using molecular, cellular and physiological techniques. In addition, behavioral studies and clinical research are being carried out. Main areas of focus include answering such questions as how our senses work together with the motor areas of the brain.

What does this PhD have to offer?

  • A full-time PhD appointment for a period of four years
  • A gross monthly salary of 2086 EUR in the first year, increasing to 2673 EUR in the last year
  • A PhD degree or Dr title after four years

Do I qualify?

  • You hold an MSc degree in Neuroscience or life sciences

An extensive selection procedure shall be part of the application process.

Research Fields

  • Regulation of sensorimotor integration in mouse mutants 
  • Synaptic transmission in the auditory brainstem and midbrain 
  • Cerebellar systems physiology 
  • Molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying learning and mental retardation disorders
  • Protein trafficking and synapse function
  • Plasticity in 3D visuovestibular interactions 
  • Anatomical and functional organization of the spinal cord
  • Human neurophysiology 
  • Associative learning 
  • Neuronal processing of the olivocerebellar system 
  • The pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Disturbances in neural control of movement 
  • Functional neuroanatomy of the cerebellum 
  • The auditory periphery 
  • Neural coding in the barrel somatosensory cortex


  • Introductory course for PhD students
  • Experimental neurophysiology: theory and practice
  • Neuropsychopharmacology
  • Morphometry and stereology in neurosciences
  • Molecular neurobiology
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Grant writing
  • Degenerative diseases of the nervous system: from clinic to bench
  • Functional neuroanatomy
  • In vivo phenotyping of mutant rodents: integrating neural activity
  • Neurochemistry
  • Heart rate and behavior and Imaging life at the molecular level
  • Linear systems

Background Research School

The research school ONWAR is an alliance between the VU University Amsterdam and Erasmus MC. The scientific director is Prof. A.B. Smit. For more information, please visit the website of research school ONWAR or the  Neurosciences department of the Erasmus MC.