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Researcher (position code 1109) - brain imaging genetics

Deadline: 28.07.2024

Universitetet i Oslo

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 Institute of Clinical Medicine (Klinmed) is one of three institutes under the Faculty. Klinmed is responsible for the Faculty's educational and research activities at Oslo University Hospital and Akershus University Hospital. With about 800 employees spread over approximately 425 man-labour years, Klinmed is the university's largest institute. Our activities follow the clinical activity at the hospitals and are spread across a number of geographical areas.

Job description

The position is available at the Institute of Clinical Medicine at University of Oslo, as part of the Centre for Precision Psychiatry. The centre leverages large data sets of multimodal brain imaging, genetics and clinical data to research the biological underpinnings of severe mental disorders. The research at hand is conducted in close collaboration with researchers at the University of Tübingen, Germany. 

More about the position

The position is funded for two years.

  • The researcher will perform analyses of large and complex data sets, spanning brain imaging, genetics and clinical data.
  • The goal is to reveal more of the genetic architecture underlying brain structure and function and to improve our understanding of the neurogenetic mechanisms underlying mental disorders.

The project is based in Oslo (Norway) with optional mobility to Tübingen (Germany) as the project PI coordinates projects in both places, e.g. short- or long-term stays and frequent exchange with researchers in both places. 

Qualification requirements

Applicants should have a completed PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g. neuroscience, biology, statistical genetics).

The ideal candidate:

  • Is ambitious and highly motivated to deliver high quality research
  • Has excellent data analysis skills, including solid knowledge of imaging genetics and statistics
  • Has hands-on experience with high performance computing and large-scale data-analysis of neuroimaging and genetics data
  • Is knowledgeable in programming languages and platforms such as python, R, Linux
  • Is goal oriented and enjoys working within a cross-disciplinary team
  • Has expertise in scientific writing, visible in a publication track record, awards, etc.
  • Has a strong command of English
  • Is interested in psychiatric genetics and longitudinal brain dynamics.

We offer

  • We can offer an exciting research environment with a multidisciplinary profile and large opportunities for academic development.
  • Salary NOK 575 400 - 679 700 per annum depending on qualifications
  • Favorable pension arrangements
  • Attractive welfare arrangements

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Application letter including motivation for applying for the position
  • CV (summarizing education, relevant work experience, grants, papers, awards etc)
  • Contact details of 2-3 references

After the initial screening process, short-listed candidates may be asked to submit selected publications, educational certificates and transcripts of records. The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system "Jobbnorge". Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, and the quality of the project as well as the candidate's motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

Formal regulations

According to the Norwegian Freedom of 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.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

Contact information

For more information about the project please email the PI: Tobias Kaufmann, tobias.kaufmann@medisin.uio.no

Questions regarding the online application form can be directed to Senior HR Adviser Thoril Kristiansen, thoril.kristiansen@medisin.uio.no 

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