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Postdoctoral Fellow - Department of Psychology

Deadline: 05.01.2022

Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Section for Cognitive and Clinical neuroscience

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.

Job description

Applications are invited for a fully funded Postdoctoral Fellowship to be based at the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo. The position is linked to the project Cognitive Rehabilitation in pediatric acquired brain injury (CORE pABI), which is funded by a grant the Research Council of Norway.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship is specifically funded by Stiftelsen DAM (Principal Investigator: Jan Stubberud), and the appointment is a fulltime position and is made for a period of up to three years. The main purpose of the fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

Impaired executive functions (i.e., purposeful, goal-directed behaviour), cause significant disability after paediatric acquired brain injury warranting efficient interventions. Goal Management Training (GMT) is a metacognitive protocol proven effective for executive dysfunction in adults. The overall objective of the funded randomized controlled trial is to determine the efficacy of paediatric GMT as a group-based cognitive rehabilitation program for children with brain injury and executive dysfunction compared to a psychoeducative control (https://rdcu.be/cACFq). The Postdoctoral Fellow will analyze and take main responsibility for disseminating the results from the 2- and 5-year follow up where data on daily life executive function, other cognitive functions, in addition to emotional, behavioural, fatigue and quality of life outcomes will be examined. The 2-year follow-up data has already been collected. The Postdoctoral Fellow will also investigate the feasibility (pilot) of a digital GMT version, and examine the characteristics of those who profit from cognitive rehabilitation.

More about the position

The candidate will be affiliated with the CORE pABI research group (PI: Torstein B. Rø). The candidate will also get the opportunity to collaborate with premier international research groups for the study of human brain function, such as the Rotman Research Institute (Baycrest, Canada), and the Rehabilitation Department for Children with Acquired Neurological Injury and Hôpitaux de Saint Maurice (Paris, France).

Qualifications and personal skills

The following qualifications will count in the assessment of the applicants:

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in relevant fields such as psychology, medicine, or cognitive neuroscience, or other related fields. The doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defense of the doctoral thesis being approved.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English is required.
  • Previous experience with statistical analysis (SPSS, or similar) is required

The following qualifications are advantageous, but not required:

  • Previous experience analyzing behavioral or neuropsychological datasets
  • Previous experience with clinical research, preferably clinical trials
  • Interest or previous experience with neuropsychological research
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in Norwegian

We offer

  • salary NOK 563 900 - 650 300 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include:

  • The application must include:
  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • A complete list of publications
  • 3 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered (which can include preprints).
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered via our electronic recruiting system. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on academic qualifications, the candidate’s motivation, and personal suitability.

Interviews will be performed as part of the selection process.

It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

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.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. We also want to have employees with diverse expertise, combinations of subjects, life experience and perspectives. We will make adjustments for employees who require this.

If there are qualified applicants with special needs, gaps in their CVs or immigrant backgrounds, we will invite at least one applicant in each of these groups to an interview.

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