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2019

1. Neuro-biology and Hearing Loss: investigating the social, cognitive and anatomical impact of hearing loss in youth over the lifespan

Extensive research has shown that children with hearing loss show social interaction and intellectual disabilities. In the elderly, hearing loss is associated with increased likelihood of social isolation, cognitive decline and dementia. In both the young and elderly, the underlying mechanisms are not known. Developing interventions to rehabilitate and prevent the social and cognitive disabilities associated with hearing loss critically depend on identifying the underlying mechanistic causes.

Most research investigating the link between hearing loss and social/cognitive disabilities uses (human) population studies. While these studies are enormously useful in identifying associations, they do not permit investigation of the underlying neurobiological mechanisms linking hearing loss with these disabilities. For these reasons, we aim to develop an animal model to investigate the effects of acquired hearing loss on tasks that assess social/cognitive function as well as the anatomy of the brain structures involved in these tasks. The innovative and interdisciplinary approach in this project will allow investigation of the hypotheses and underlying mechanisms linking hearing loss with social and cognitive disabilities over the life span. The experimental approach established in this project will also set the stage for future experiments to test novel interventions to prevent social and cognitive disabilities associated with hearing loss.

Do you want to be part of our team?

Qualifications

• you have a (research) Master's degree in biology, psychology, neuroscience or related discipline.
• you are research-minded and willing to work with animals, ideally having previous experience using animals (and obtained a FELASA certificate).
• you are positive and enthusiastic to undertake a project that combines fundamental and translational research using an interdisciplinary approach.
• you have good oral and written communication skills, including proficiency in English.

Conditions of employment

You will enroll in the UG PhD Scholarship Program and will receive a gross scholarship of EUR 2120 per month of which wage tax and social security premiums will be deducted. You can find General information on the programme at http://www.rug.nl/(...)hip-programme/about/

Application
Do you meet our Qualification criteria? If yes, your application should include:
1. letter of motivation
2. CV (including contact information for at least two academic references)
3. transcripts from your bachelor’s and master’s degree.
4. A research proposal of max. 1500 words
5. A certified transcript of records.

Please submit your application until 14 May 2019 23:59 h / before 15 May 2019 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code and European Commission's: European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers.

For more information about the project
Supervisors: Dr. Jocelien Olivier (Evolutionary Biology - Faculty of Science and Engineering) and  Dr. Sonja Pyott (UMCG)

https://www.rug.nl/staff/j.d.a.olivier/
https://www.rug.nl/staff/s.j.van.tuinen-pyott/

it is highly recommended to contact the Young Academy members stated above to discuss the project.

Information
For information you can contact:

For practical information please contact:, youngacademy@rug.nl
Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.



2. Evolutionary Biology and Philosophy: Inheritance of acquired characters: past and present controversy – and the way forward

How do living organisms transmit their characteristics to the next generation?

The textbook answer is: by passing on their DNA, which encodes all heritable traits. In recent years, however, biologists have discovered that this is not the whole story. Evidence is accumulating that environmental influences during the lifetime of an individual, such as nutrition or stress, can influence the phenotype of their progeny across several generations. This phenomenon reminds us of the concept of ‘inheritance of acquired characters’, already formulated in 1809 by the French naturalist Jean Baptiste de Lamarck in his Philosophie Zoologique. Lamarck’s ideas have often met with skepticism, but recent developments in molecular genetics, such as epi-genetics, have inspired a re-evaluation of his legacy. Indeed, we seem to witness a renaissance of Lamarckian thought.

In this project, we aim explore the Lamarckian nature of recent discoveries in the transmission of inherited traits, and the evolution of biological complexity. In this way, we aim to evaluate what modern biology can, or cannot, learn from the original ideas of Lamarck, and whether or not the works of Lamarck offer lessons that change the way we think about evolution. This project will contribute to that debate by bringing together the disciplines of evolutionary biology, and the history of science and philosophy.

Do you want to be part of our team?

Qualifications

• you have a Master’s Degree
• you have experience in the field of either biology or the history of science or philosophy. You are prepared to be trained in the other as a part of your PhD trajectory.
• you have good oral and written communication skills, including proficiency in English.

Conditions of employment

You will enroll in the UG PhD Scholarship Program and will receive a gross scholarship of EUR 2120 per month of which wage tax and social security premiums will be deducted. You can find General information on the programme at http://www.rug.nl/(...)hip-programme/about/

Application
Do you meet our Qualification criteria? If yes, your application should include:
1. letter of motivation
2. CV (including contact information for at least two academic references)
3. transcripts from your bachelor’s and master’s degree.
4. A research proposal of max. 1500 words
5. A certified transcript of records.

Please submit your application until 14 May 2019 23:59 h / before 15 May 2019 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code and European Commission's: European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers.

For more information about the project
Supervisors: Dr. Martine Maan (Evolutionary Biology - Faculty of Science and Engineering) and Dr. Han Thomas Adriaenssen (History of Philosophy - Faculty of Philosophy)
https://www.rug.nl/staff/m.e.maan/
https://www.rug.nl/staff/h.t.adriaenssen/

it is highly recommended to contact the Young Academy members stated above to discuss the project.

Information

For practical information please contact:, youngacademy@rug.nl

Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.

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