University of Oslo, (UiO) - Postdoctoral Fellowship in Imaging Genetics - (Lifebrain project)

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Department of Psychology is one of seven units of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and has 75 permanent and 70 temporary members of scientific staff. Degrees are offered at bachelor and master level, plus a clinical training programme, and the PhD programme has 140 students.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Imaging Genetics - (Lifebrain project)

Deadline 24.05.2018

The position

A position as Postdoctoral Fellow is available at the Center for Lifespan Changes in Brain in Cognition, LCBC (, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo. The position is devoted to the EU-funded Horizon 2020 project “Lifebrain: Healthy minds from 0-100 years: Optimising the use of European brain imaging cohorts“, and will be specially focused on (statistical) genetics. The positon is for a period of 3 years.

The project

The main objective is to identify and validate trends and determinants of cognitive decline brain development, cognitive function and mental health by creating a large database of detailed information about health, cognitive function, genetics and brain imaging. Lifebrain aims to establish a solid foundation of knowledge for understanding how brain health and cognitive function can be optimized throughout the lifespan in response to the enormous societal challenges with the ageing of the European population. Lifebrain consists of partners from leading research groups on lifespan neuroscience in several European countries and is coordinated from the Center for Lifespan Changes in Brain and Cognition (LCBC). The project has funding for a period of five years, until the end of 2021. We encourage the interested applicant to visit for more details.

The position will yield unique insights into the research of LCBC and some of the leading research centers in Europe. The candidate will cooperate closely with researchers at the Lübeck Interdisciplinary Platform for Genome Analytics (LIGA) at the University of Lübeck, Germany, who are leading the genetic and epigenetic analyses in Lifebrain. The daily work will be at LCBC, but with some travels between the project sites in Northern and Western Europe as part of the duties. The research focus of the position will be on the relationship between genetic and neurocognitive variables.

The research center

LCBC is an active multi-disciplinary research center, with a staff of 25 full time positions, including six faculty professors/researchers, three Postdoctoral Fellows, seven PhD candidates, programmers/engineers, full-time RAs, supporting personnel and several affiliated researchers. English is the language of the Center.

The Center has a number of research projects funded by the European Research Council, EU, the Norwegian Research Council, The National Health Association, the Thon foundation and the University of Oslo. LCBC was in 2015, as one of five, appointed status as a “world leading” research group at the University of Oslo.


The candidate will in collaboration with LCBC and Lifebrain researchers:

  • process and manage (e.g. QC and imputation) genome- and epigenome-wide genotyping and sequencing data
  • perform statistical analyses of the resulting genotypes with the outcomes of interest using uni- and multivariate approaches
  • interpret the results with respect to functional genetic / biological pathway data
  • develop hypotheses and ideas for gene-brain-cognition relationships that can be tested in the Lifebrain project
  • write papers and contribute to publications from the Lifebrain project


  • A PhD degree in genetics, genetic epidemiology, statistics, medical mathematics, neuroscience, medicine, psychology or similar. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved
  • Competence in the processing and analysis of large-scale genomics data
  • Strong programming skills (e.g. in R, Perl, or Python)
  • Excellent English communication skills, orally and in writing

The candidate must be able to work well in a team and cooperate with other researchers. In assessing applications, particular emphasis will be placed upon the quality of the candidate's academic qualifications. Interviews with selected candidates may be arranged where the applicants’ personal prerequisites and cooperative skills will be emphasized.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 490 900 -569 000 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • Professional development in a stimulating academic environment
  • Favorable pension and social welfare benefits in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include

  • Letter of application, 1-2 pages, explaining the motivation for applying
  • Curriculum Vitae summarizing education, positions and academic work
  • Copies of educational certificates, publications/academic work (if any) that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of at least two references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number).

International applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. All documents should be in Scandinavian or English.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one specified period at the same institution.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact information

  • Adjunct professor Lars Bertram:
  • Professor Kristine B. Walhovd:

Apply for position

Søknadsfrist: 24.05.2018

Kontakt: Adjunct professor Lars Bertram

Kontakt 2: Professor Kristine B. Walhovd