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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Functional neuroimaging

Deadline: 18.08.2019

Department of Psychology, Center for Lifespan Changes in Brain and Cognition (LCBC)

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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The position

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. The position will fit a highly talented candidate with strong skills in functional neuroimaging.

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

More about the position

The successful applicant will mainly be working on uni- and multivariate analyses of high-quality task-related fMRI data acquired at our Siemens Prisma 3T MRI scanner using state-of-the art sequences (multi-band/multi-echo EPI). Topics currently under investigation in our lab cover cognitive functions during episodic memory operations, as well as mechanisms subserving spatial navigation and spatial working memory.

Examples of current analyses approaches involve graph theoretical investigations of task-based functional connectivity, entorhinal grid code analyses, and dynamic pattern classification of memory consolidation activity during rest. Common to all projects is a large-N lifespan approach, and longitudinal follow-ups of participants. While our lab is software-agnostic, we strongly believe in the superiority of surface-based analyses and in the importance of contributing to open science initiatives and tools, such as BIDS and fmriprep.

LCBC has a well-functioning data management infrastructure, thus the successful applicant can expect to be able to focus on the analysis and publication part of the scientific process. Furthermore, while the main focus of the position is task-based fMRI analysis, LCBC has a long history of multi-modal integrative approaches, and the candidate will be able to take advantage of our large longitudinal DWI/sMRI/PET-datasets.

The successful applicant will have to document a strong background in fMRI-analysis but will of course be assisted by a competent team of engineers and statisticians. 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 Norwegian Research Council (NFR), and linked to the project The Missing Link of Episodic Memory Decline in Aging: The Role of Inefficient Systems Consolidation.The project is in the forefront of international research on the neuroscience of memory, development and aging.

The positon is for a period of 3 years.

For more information, please contact Anders M Fjell ([email protected]).

Qualifications

  • A PhD degree or similar in psychology, cognitive neuroscience or a related field
  • Good skills in functional neuroimaging
  • Experience with experimental psychology, memory and aging research will
  • constitute advantages, but is not required, and can be outweighed by other expertise
  • Excellent 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 annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • 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.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system.

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 specified period at the same institution.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and 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.

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