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Postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Lifespan Changes in Brain and Cognition

Deadline: 10.12.2019

Job description

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 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.

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A position as Postdoctoral Fellow is available at the Center for Lifespan Changes in Brain and Cognition (LCBC), at the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo. This position will fit a highly talented candidate with strong skills in longitudinal statistical modeling.

The research center

The goal of LCBC is to understand brain and cognitive changes and how to optimize them through the entire lifespan. LCBC is an active multi-disciplinary research center, with a staff of about 25 full time positions, including six faculty professors/ researchers, several PostDocs and PhD candidates, several programmers/engineers and full-time RAs, extensive supporting personnel and several affiliated international researchers.

LCBC has excellent research infrastructure, including access to a 3T Siemens Prisma, PET and EEG, and neuropsychological and somatic test facilities.

English is the language of the center. LCBC coordinates a large H2020 EU-project and has obtained four grants from the European Research Council (ERC). Further funding comes from the Norwegian Research Council, the National Health Association, the Thon foundation and the University of Oslo. The group was in 2015 appointed status as “world leading” as one of five at the University of Oslo, with special funding. More information can be found on www.oslobrains.no

The position

LCBC research is aimed at describing changes in cognitive function throughout life, and determining which variables can explain and predict these changes. We have unique large databases of longitudinal neurocognitive data, in part coupled to registry data. The data include cognitive test scores, brain imaging, genetics, a wide variety of somatic and health variables, demographics, inventory data etc. In total, more than 2000 participants from 4 to 90+ years have been followed over up to 11 years. In order to analyse in full these and other relevant data, we need a highly competent and motivated post doc researcher who will work with us in order to obtain stronger and more profound results.

Key words include:

  • Incomplete data, 1-5 time points of observations
  • Estimation and control for non-random selection bias
  • Estimation and control for test-retest effects on cognitive measures
  • Non-linear relationships and interactions
  • High dimensional data and variable selection
  • Causality

The candidate is expected to work closely with other researchers at LCBC as well as with our international collaborators.

For more information, please contact Professor Kristine B Walhovd ([email protected]).

The successful applicant will have to document a strong background in longitudinal modeling but will of course be assisted by a competent team. The candidate will collaborate closely with other senior and junior researchers, as well as PhD students and research assistants. In addition, the candidate is expected to take part in LCBCs extensive network of international collaborations.

The position is financed by the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo.

The positon is for a period of 3 years.


  • A PhD degree or similar in a relevant field (statistics, epidemiology, psychology, cognitive neuroscience or a related field). The doctoral dissertation must have been submitted for evaluation prior to the closing date. The appointment is dependent on the public defense and the doctoral thesis being approved.
  • Experience with epidemiology, genetics, experimental psychology, memory or aging research will constitute advantages
  • Fluent English communication skills, orally and in writing

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 applicant's personal prerequisites and cooperative skills will be emphasized

We offer

  • Salary NOK 523 200 - 583 900 per year depending on qualifications
  • Professional development in a stimulating academic environment
  • Favorable pension and social welfare benefits
  • Attractive welfare arrangements

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.

All applications must be submitted through the online application system Jobbnorge.

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 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.

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. We encourage women and people with ethnic minority backgrounds to apply for the position.

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