PhD candidate, MHeNs - Brain Computer Interfacing​

Maastricht University

Datum: 3 weken geleden
Stad: Maastricht, Limburg
Salaris: € 2.770 - € 3.539 per maand
Contract type: Voltijd
Maastricht University

Come join us on our journey towards scalable clinical brain computer interface applications to improve patients’ lives.

Job Description

In the Neural Interfacing Lab (, we build Brain-Computer Interfaces that restore communication and movement. For this purpose, we utilize invasive recordings and build machine learning models that are trained for each participant individually.

In this project, we want to make this process more clinically viable. To achieve this, you will tackle two aspects of invasive BCIs:

  • Harness recent development in deep learning and neural manifolds to create models that use data from our large existing corpus of invasive recordings instead of training person dependent models each time;
  • Increase robustness and usability of our existing BCI pipelines to make them less dependent on researcher interaction and potentially even allow patients to train their own system.

You will be part of the Neural Interfacing Lab at Maastricht University, and contributing to fundamental and applied research in the field of Brain-Computer Interfacing, thereby working closely with the principal investigators (Christian Herff - neural engineer and Pieter Kubben - neurosurgeon). In addition to the outlined technical challenges, you will work closely with patients to test your models and record data. This work is performed as a part of the INTENSE project (

Job Requirements

The ideal candidate:

  • Strong technical background demonstrated by a master in Computer Science, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering/science, computational neuroscience or similar
  • Strong programming skills (we use Python)
  • Good scientific writing skills
  • Interest in working with patients
  • Team player
  • Fluent in both Dutch and English language
  • Driving license

What we offer

As PhD-candidate at Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, you will be employed by the most international university in the Netherlands, located in the beautiful city of Maastricht. In addition, we offer you:

  • Good employment conditions. The position is graded in scale P according to UFO profile PhD, with corresponding salary based on experience ranging from €2770,00 and €3539,00 gross per month (based on a full-time employment of 38 hours per week). In addition to the monthly salary, an 8.0% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus apply.
  • An employment contract for a period of 12 months with a scope of 1,0 FTE. Upon a positive evaluation, an extension of 3 years will follow.
  • At Maastricht University, the well-being of our employees is of utmost importance, we offer flexible working hours and the possibility to work partly from home if the nature of your position allows it. You will receive a monthly commuting and internet allowance for this. If you work full-time, you will be entitled to 29 vacation days and 4 additional public holidays per year, namely carnival Monday, carnival Tuesday, Good Friday, and Liberation Day. If you choose to accumulate compensation hours, an additional 12 days will be added. Furthermore, you can personalize your employment conditions through a collective labor agreement (CAO) choice model.
  • As Maastricht University, we offer various other excellent secondary employment conditions. These include a good pension scheme with the ABP and the opportunity for UM employees to participate in company fitness and make use of the extensive sports facilities that we also offer to our students.
  • Last but certainly not least, we provide the space and facilities for your personal and professional development. We facilitate this by offering a wide range of training programs and supporting various well-established initiatives such as 'acknowledge and appreciate'.
    The terms of employment at Maastricht University are largely set out in the collective labor agreement of Dutch Universities. In addition, local provisions specific to UM apply. For more information, click here.

Maastricht University

Why work at Maastricht University?

At Maastricht University (UM), everything revolves around the future. The future of our students, as we work to equip them with a solid, broad-based foundation for the rest of their lives. And the future of society, as we seek solutions through our research to issues from all around the world. Our six faculties combined provide a comprehensive package of study programmes and research.

In our teaching, we use the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) method. Students work in small groups, looking for solutions to problems themselves. By discussing issues and working together to draw conclusions, formulate answers and present them to their peers, students develop essential skills for their future careers.

With over 22,300 students and more than 5,000 employees from all over the world, UM is home to a vibrant and inspiring international community.

Are you drawn to an international setting focused on education, science and scholarship? Are you keen to contribute however your skills and qualities allow? Our door is open to you! As a young European university, we value your talent and look forward to creating the future together.

Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

At the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML), everything revolves around healthy living. Our research and education are not solely focused on recovery, but place a strong emphasis on prevention, health preservation, and health promotion. Our aim is to use our knowledge and expertise to genuinely contribute to the well-being of individual people as well as society in total.

In, research, and healthcare, FHML is closely collaborating with the academic hospital in Maastricht, together forming the Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC+). FHML is strongly connected in education, research, and care with the Maastricht academic hospital, together with which it forms the Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC+).

FHML, which is the largest faculty of Maastricht University, is formed by an (inter)national community of employees and students. The faculty offers a wide range of Dutch and English-taught bachelor's and master's programs in innovative educational concepts in which the emphasis is always on building bridges to practice.

The multidisciplinary research of the FHML focuses on a number of carefully chosen topical current themes. In addition to research aimed at gaining new insights, it also concerns research whose results can be directly translated into concrete applications and innovations. The implementation of the various research programs is organized in our six graduate schools and two institutes.


For questions about this position please contact Christian Herff ([email protected]) or Pieter Kubben ([email protected]).


Or are you already convinced and ready to become our new PhD-candidate? Apply now, no later than february 19th, for this position.

The vacancy is open for internal and external candidates. In case of equal qualifications, internal candidates will be prioritized.

Maastricht University is committed to promoting and nurturing a diverse and inclusive community. We believe that diversity in our staff and student population contributes to the quality of research and education at UM, and strive to enable this through inclusive policies and innovative projects led by teams of staff and students. We encourage you to apply for this position.

Job Type: Academic Faculty/Service Center: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences Closing date: 19-02-2024 FTE min: 1,0 FTE max: 1,0 Salary min: €2770,00 Salary max: €3539,00 ID job: 643 Job Type: Academic Faculty/Service Center: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences Closing date: 19-02-2024 FTE min: 1,0 FTE max: 1,0 Salary min: €2770,00 Salary max: €3539,00 ID job: 643

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