Postdoc, Complex Trait Genetics, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

The Complex Trait Genetics lab ( at the Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research in Amsterdam (see is seeking applicants for a Postdoc position in Neuropsychiatric Genetics/Bioinformatics.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a leading, innovative and growing university that is at the heart of society and actively contributes to new developments in teaching and research. Our university has ten faculties which span a wide range of disciplines, as well as several institutes, foundations, research centres, and support services. Its campus is located in the fastest-growing economic region in the Netherlands (the Zuidas district of Amsterdam), and provides work for over 4,500 staff and scientific education for more than 23,000 students.

The Complex Trait Genetics lab ( at the Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research in Amsterdam (see is seeking applicants for a Postdoc position in Neuropsychiatric Genetics/Bioinformatics.

Research at the department of Complex Trait Genetics focuses on identifying the genetic and environmental causes of individual differences in human traits related to behavior, cognition and mental and physical health. We integrate knowledge from different fields (biology, genetics, neuroimaging, bioinformatics) and use and develop statistical and bioinformatics tools to analyze genome-wide data sets for complex traits.

Project description

Recent genome-wide studies have led to unprecedented progress in understanding the genetic architecture of brain-related traits and disorders, such as schizophrenia, depression, insomnia and intelligence. In this project we aim to advance our understanding of these results in biological context. We will develop and apply novel statistical and bioinformatic tools, and use new, biologically informative resources. Connecting the dots between different lines of evidence is the central theme in this project, aiming to advance insight into neurobiological pathways of neuro-cognitive traits, and generate testable hypotheses for functional follow-up experiments.


We are seeking a highly motivated, talented individual. You will be working with large genetic and genomic datasets, with information on brain related traits (e.g. cognition, schizophrenia, autism, mental retardation, neurodegenerative disorders), and subsequent bioinformatics annotation. We are looking for a candidate proficient in statistics and statistical programming, and preferably an understanding of principles of molecular genetics, and knowledge of e.g. chromatin interactions, gene expression, and epigenetics. Practical experience in the analysis of genomics data (e.g. expression data, GWAS, WGS, WES) is a pré.


For the Postdoc position we require a PhD in any of the of the following fields: bioinformatics, statistics, medical statistics, statistical genetics, computer programming, computational biology or related quantitative/computational field, and demonstrable experience in genetic data analysis.

In addition, we require a good ability to write and read English, experience working with large datasets, strong computer programming skills, and experience with the R statistical language and working in a UNIX environment.

Further particulars

The initial appointment will be for a period of 1 year. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, it will be extended for a total duration of 2 years (Postdoc). Information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment can be found at and include for example:

  • Remuneration of 8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance;
  • Solid pension scheme (ABP);
  • A minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment;


The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and ranges from a minimum of € 3.111,- and € 4.757,-(salaryscale 10/11, depending on experience) for a Postdoc.


For additional information please contact:

Prof.dr. D. Posthuma, phone +31 (0)20 59 82823

web: and


Job title: Postdoc in Genetic Data Analysis, Fte: 0,8 -1.0, VU unit: Faculty of Beta Sciences, Vacancy number: 17361, Closing date: will be open until position is filled

You are requested to write a letter in which you describe your abilities and motivation, accompanied by your curriculum vitae, a list of grades of your MSc and the names of two scientific referees. Please compile all this together in one document to pdf.

Applications (mention the vacancy number in the email header) should be sent by e-mail to: Eline van Zon, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Beta Sciences, CNCR

Subject line: Posthuma (Vacancy number: 17361).


Important note; if the requested information is not complete, your application will not be included in the selection procedure.
Candidates who have recently applied for a position at the department and not have been selected, unfortunately cannot apply again.

Any other correspondence in response to this advertisement will not be dealt with.