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PhD student Early indicators of autism in high risk NICU infants (145/35/010)

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The Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences, capacity group Rehabilitation Sciences & Physiotherapy of Hasselt University seeks a (m/f)

PhD student Early indicators of autism in high risk NICU infants


Within the context of the Rehabilitation Research Center (REVAL) of the Faculty of Medicine & Life Sciences of Hasselt University a doctoral vacancy in Pediatric Rehabilitation Sciences is opened.
The research on Early Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) will be conducted in close collaboration with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg (ZOL), a supraregional inpatient clinic providing the highest level of care for premature born infants.

Task description

The PhD project is funded by Hasselt University and involves behavioural and neurophysiological studies in the domain of clinical behavioural neuroscience. It is part of an interdisciplinary research group investigating developmental and neural mechanisms underlying observational and motor learning in young children.
The central aim of the project is to find early sensorimotor indicators of autism. The successful candidate will investigate the predictive role and underlying mechanisms of sensory processing problems and motor abnormalities in high risk NICU-infants for ASD. We are looking for students who are motivated, interested in the topic, and have earned high grades in their masters year.


  • Highly motivated and takes responsibility for his/her research project
  • Experience with advanced programs for behavioural data-analyses is welcomed
  • Good relational, communicative and reporting skills
  • Problem solving capacity
  • Operating in an interdisciplinary team
  • Good command of written and spoken English and Dutch, or willingness to learn Dutch within a year
  • Setting up and conducting case-control and prospective studies


Master degree in Biomedical Sciences (Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, Medicine, Biomedical Sciences) or in a Humanities and Social Sciences domain (Psychology, Educational Sciences). (or equivalent).

Final-year students are (likewise) encouraged to apply.


The PhD scholarship covers a period of 4 years. The selected candidate will receive a scholarship for 2 years, which will be extended for a second period of 2 years upon positive evaluation.

Further information

Content job responsibilities:

Prof. dr. Marleen VANVUCHELEN, +32-11-292128,

Content terms of employment and selection procedure:


You can only apply online up to and including 05 January 2015:

Selection procedure

Preselection on the basis of CV. Interview with the selected candidates.
Interviews are scheduled on Wednesday the 7th of January 2015 (between 09 and 12h).

Die Ausschreibung ist auch im Internet unter abrufbar.

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