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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in neuroinformatics / multimodal neuroimaging

Deadline: 27.10.2019

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University of Bergen

The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad.


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Postdoctoral Research Fellow position

There is a vacancy for a postdoctoral research fellow position at the Department of Biological and Medical Psychology. The position is for a period of three (3) years and is funded by a FRIMEDBIO grant from the Norwegian Research Council for the project “When default is not default: Solutions to the replication crisis and beyond”, with Professor Karsten Specht as project leader and main supervisor.

About the project/work tasks:

  • The project aims to explore and to improve the reliability of fMRI examinations with a focus on future clinical applications in patients with neurological disorders, such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease.
  • The project follows three lines of investigations: 1) Analyses of large neuroimaging databases for hypothesis generation, 2) Collection of (longitudinal) neuroimaging data for validation, and 3) simulation of brain activations and networks and how neurological disorders may affect these networks.
  • Together with a collaboration partner at the Aix-Marseille Université in Marseille, France, the candidate will work on the software ”The virtual brain” (TVB). The position also includes a research stay of in total 12 months in Marseille (continuous or a few shorter lab visits).
  • The postdoctoral research fellow is also expected to instruct, lead, and co-supervise the PhD students where simulations or advanced neuroinformatic approaches might be relevant to their project.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must at the time of the application hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within neuroinformatics, bioinformatics, cognitive neuroscience, or other relevant sciences.
  • It is mandatory that the applicant has experience in programming and the use of code repositories (like GitHub, etc.).
  • Expertise in different bioinformatic software packages and methods for simulations of neuronal networks or neuronal (mass) models will be very advantageous.
  • Experiences in conducting or analysing neuroimaging are beneficial.
  • The applicant must be able to learn new software packages and programming languages quickly.
  • Any scientific experience in the area of connectivity analysis of neuroimaging data and its application to clinical populations, like patients with Parkinson’s disease or stroke is highly welcome.
  • The postdoctoral research fellow will be expected to work independently and in a structured manner, and have good collaborative skills.
  • The applicant is expected to be willing to stay for up to 12 months in Marseille, France.
  • Good proficiency in both written and oral English is required.
  • Some communication skills in French will be advantageous, but are not mandatory.

About the position of postdoctoral research fellow:

The position of postdoctoral research fellow is a fixed-term appointment with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions. The fixed-term period for this position is three (3) years. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution.

Upon appointment, applicants must submit a project proposal for the qualifying work including a work schedule. For postdoctoral research fellow positions associated with externally financed projects, the completion of the project proposal for the qualifying work will take place in consultation with the project/centre manager. It is a requirement that the project is completed in the course of the period of employment.

We can offer:

  • Exciting development opportunities as part of your role in a strong professional environment
  • Salary at pay grade 60 (code 1352 / pay range 24, alternative 4) according to the state salary scale upon appointment. This currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK 531 900 before taxes. Further promotions are made according to length of service. For particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include:

  • A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be the the main advisor from the PhD programme.
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas
  • Relevant certificates/references
  • List of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
  • Publications (as applicable)

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge

Please note that applications, along with the information and attachments linked to the application in JobbNorge, will be evaluated after the closing date for applications. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all the necessary information has been submitted by the closing date for applications.

It is particularly important that each of the attachments that are to be taken into account in the assessment is uploaded in full as an attachment to your application.

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting:

  • Professor Karsten Specht, Department of Biological and Medical Psychology, email: [email protected], telephone +47 55 58 62 79
  • Head of Department/Professor Robert Murison, Department of Biological and Medical Psychology, email: [email protected], telephone +47 55 58 62 25

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

Further information about our employment process can be found here.

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