Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Behavioral Neuroscience / psychology

Deadline: 17.01.2021

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

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About the position

At UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Psychology, a position has become available for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Behavioral Neuroscience. The position is affiliated with the research group Behavioral and Translational Neuroscience.

This Postdoctoral position is a fixed term position with a duration of 2 years. Appointment to the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow is mainly intended to provide qualification for work in top academic positions. It is a prerequisite that the applicant be able to carry out the project over the full course of the employment period. No one person may hold more than one fixed-term position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the same institution.

The position`s work place

The Department of Psychology has nearly 90 employees in total, of which 30 are permanent scientific positions. The department is organized in ten research groups, covering all major fields of psychology. The research group Behavioral and translational neuroscience currently consists of an associate professor, a professor, a head engineer, two postdoctoral fellows, and a PhD student.

The project/position`s field of research

The postdoc will work in the project “Antidepressant use during pregnancy: the neurodevelopmental effects on the offspring” (HN PFP 1295-16), which has the goal to study the biological mechanisms and behavioral alterations in offspring due to depression during pregnancy, antidepressant treatment, or the combination thereof. A seminatural environmental set-up is used in which rats live in groups and can freely express their full repertoire of relevant behavior. The postdoc is expected to continue the line of research already performed in the project.


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Qualification requirements

To be awarded the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow, a Norwegian doctorate degree is required, or a corresponding international doctorate degree which is recognized as being equal to the Norwegian doctorate degree. This position requires a PhD degree in any relevant field. Nevertheless, a degree within the areas of (behavioral) neuroscience, psychopharmacology, biomedical sciences or biology is highly desirable.

We are looking for an enthusiastic researcher who would like to build and advance her or his career in the behavioral neurosciences. The ideal candidate will have a good academic track record, be interested in cutting-edge neuroscientific techniques and be able and interested in working in a team. Experience with observations and analysis of animal behavior, immunohistochemistry and epigenetic techniques will count in favor of the applicant, as will experience with handling, injecting and perfusing live rats. Experience with programming languages (e.g. python, matlab) and the possession of a FELASA C certificate or equivalent are considered an advantage.

The candidate should have at least a professional working proficiency in English with strong communication skills, and be able to work both independently and as part of a team.

At UiT, we emphasise the quality, relevance and significance of the research work and not on where the work is published, in accordance with the principles of The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

We can offer

  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues
  • Training in conducting good science with the state of the art neuroscience techniques
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund

Working conditions

The position of Postdoctoral Fellow is a fixed term position for a period of 2 years. The main objective of the appointment as a post-doctoral research fellow is to qualify for work in senior academic positions. No one may be appointed to more than one fixed term period as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the same institution.

The working hours shall be utilized for research, research-related activities and research administration.

The successful applicant must be willing to engage himself/herself in the ongoing development of his/her discipline and the university as a whole.

National and international trends show that mobility and independence for young researchers are important for achieving external funding at national and international level, and consequently will be important for the prospect of establishing a permanent scientific position in the future.

The following shall therefore be applicable when employed in postdoctoral positions:

  • Unless special circumstances indicate otherwise, postdoctoral projects shall be planned with stays abroad (3-12 months). The duration should take into consideration the framework of the overall project.
  • Postdoctoral projects must be planned so that the candidate is given sufficient opportunity to develop professional independence within the framework of the overall project.

In order to achieve a targeted use of the postdoctoral position, and to strengthen the employee’s career development, a development plan must be available no later than three months after the appointment contract is signed. The development plan must be approved by the immediate leader with personnel responsibility.

The remuneration for this position is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1352.

A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

How to apply

Application and submitted documents (see below) must be sent electronically via the application form available at www.jobbnorge.no and the application must include:

  • Cover letter including a short description of interests and reasons for applying for the position
  • CV containing a complete overview of experience, professional work and references
  • Diplomas, diploma supplements and transcripts (all degrees, in original language and translated)
  • Written references
  • Two references with contact details
  • A short literature review on a relevant topic for this position (max 2 pages)
  • List of publications
  • Up to 10 publications that best represent their research experience or similar
  • Documentation of English profiency.

Proficiency in the English language can be documented in the following ways:

  • Diploma from a Norwegian upper secondary school with both spoken and written English (140 hours)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • IELTS (International English Testing Service)
  • Completed university degree in the field of English language or literature
  • One years completed university studies in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or USA, for which English was the language of instructions.

Documentation has to be in English or a Scandinavian language. We only accept applications through Jobbnorge.


An expert committee will assess the applicants’ qualifications based upon the submitted documents and in relation to the requirements stated for the position. The best-qualified applicants will be invited for an interview. The interview shall, among other things, aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability and motivation for the position.


In addition, applicants shall also refer to the supplementary provisions for the appointment to academic positions such as Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow and Academic Assistant at UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, and to regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident.

Questions concerning the organisation of the working environment, including that of the physical state of the workplace, health services, possibilities for flexible working hours, part-time work, etc. may be addressed to the telephone reference in this announcement.

At UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, diversity is valued, and we therefore encourage all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their age, gender, functional ability or national or ethnic background. The university is an IW employer and places importance on making the necessary adaptations to working conditions for employees with disabilities.

Personal information given in an application and CV will be treated in accordance with the Act relating to the processing of personal data (the Personal Data Act). In accordance with section 25, subsection 2 of the Freedom of Information Act, the applicant may request not to be registered on the public list of applicants. However, the university may nevertheless decide to make the candidate’s name public. The applicant will receive advance notification of any such publication.

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