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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Cognitive Neuroscience
Universitetet i Oslo
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RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion is financed through the Research Council of Norway’s Centre of Excellence Scheme.
RITMO combines a broad spectrum of disciplines – from musicology, neuroscience and informatics – to study rhythm as a fundamental property of human cognition, behaviour and cultural expression. The Centre is organized under the Department of Musicology, in close collaboration with the Department of Psychology and the Department of Informatics.
RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion
A Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1352) in cognitive neuroscience is available at RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion at the University of Oslo to work on the project Attending to rhythms: Neural basis of auditory temporal attention and prediction.RITMO is a Centre of Excellence funded by the Research Council of Norway. This interdisciplinary centre focuses on rhythm as a structuring mechanism for the temporal dimensions of human life. Methods from musicology, psychology, neuroscience, and informatics are combined to study rhythm as a fundamental property that shapes and underpins human cognition, behaviour and cultural expressions.All RITMO researchers are co-located and work in a unique interdisciplinary constellation, with world-leading competence in musicology, psychology and informatics. It is expected that all members of the centre contribute to the general activities and collaborations within RITMO. The researchers have access to state-of-the-art facilities in sound/video recording, motion capture, eye tracking, physiological measurements, various types of brain imaging (EEG, fMRI), and rapid prototyping and robotics laboratories.
More about the position
The postdoctoral researcher will work on the project Attending to rhythms: Neural basis of auditory temporal attention and prediction, and will have a primary affiliation with the Structure and cognition cluster at RITMO. The project aims to investigate how predictions about forthcoming auditory events are facilitated and reflected in the brain’s neural activity, and how prediction interacts with selective attention.
The work of the postdoctoral researcher will have a particular focus on the role of external temporal rhythms in guiding our attention and predictions. Concurrent sampling of brain activity (for example fMRI, scalp- and/or intracranial EEG) and behavioral data may be done with healthy participants and neurological patients performing tasks that manipulate attention and prediction (e.g., Dichotic Listening).
In collaboration with faculty staff, the postdoctoral researcher will develop a subproject that addresses core research questions of the overarching project. She/he is expected to be involved in all aspects of the research, including experimental design, data
collection, signal analysis, and publishing results related to the project aims.The project will be conducted in collaboration with the Dept. of Neurosurgery at Oslo University Hospital and the Dept. of Psychology/Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley, USA.The appointment is for a period of three years, starting 1 September 2021. There might be a possibility to extend to four years depending on the qualifications of the recruited candidate, the departments’ needs for teaching, and the centre’s need for assistance.
The successful candidate is expected to be part of the research environment of RITMO and contribute to strengthening the links between different research areas within the centre. The main purpose of postdoctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.
- A PhD in cognitive/computational neuroscience or cognitive psychology/neuropsychology or other relevant field. The applicant is required to document that the degree corresponds to the profile for the post.
- Experience with a) cognitive experimental designs, b) programming in Matlab or other programming languages, c) processing of task-related brain activity data, and d) statistics.
- Knowledge of music psychology/cognition is an advantage. Prior experience with research on clinical groups is an added asset.
- Experience with working across disciplines is an advantage
- Excellent skills in written and oral English.
- The candidate’s proposed research project must be closely connected to RITMO’s research profile.
- Personal suitability and motivation for the position.
The doctoral dissertation must have been submitted for evaluation before the application deadline, and have been approved by the time of appointment. No one can be appointed for more than one postdoctoral period at the University of Oslo.
In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on:
- the applicant’s scientific merit, innovation, and research-related relevance to the objectives of RITMO
- the quality of the research outline
- the applicant’s estimated academic and personal ability to carry out his/her research within an allotted time frame and contribute to the research objectives of RITMO
- excellent collaboration skills and the ability to successfully join in academic teamwork within and across disciplines.
- salary NOK 526 000 - 608 200 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
- A professionally stimulating working environment
- Attractive welfare benefits
- Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
How to apply
Applications must include:
- Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
- Curriculum Vitae (complete list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, including a complete list of publications with links to the full version of published papers)
- Research outline, including relevant research questions and theoretical and methodological approaches (approximately 2-3 pages, see the template for research outline)
- Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
Diplomas, certificates, doctoral thesis and other academic works will be requested later.
Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian Language.
The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, jobbnorge.no.
The short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview.
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 Postdoctoral Fellow period at the University of Oslo.
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.
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