Postdoctoral Resarch Fellowship at the Norwegian Centre for Mental Disorders Research

Deadline 28.08.2018

University of 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.

Norment: Norwegian Centre for Mental Disorders Research is a part of the Institute of Clinical Medicine (Klinmed). Klinmed is one of three institutes under the Faculty. Klinmed is responsible for the Faculty's educational and research activities at Oslo University Hospital and Akershus University Hospital. With about 800 employees spread over approximately 425 man-labour years, Klinmed is the university's largest institute. Our activities follow the clinical activity at the hospitals and are spread across a number of geographical areas.

Job description

At the Univeristy of Oslo's Institute of Clinical Medicine's CoE NORMENT - K G Jebsen centre for psychosis research, there is three-year term position as a postdoctoral fellow available (government position code 1352).

The position is available at the Norwegian Centre for Mental Disorders Research (NORMENT), the K G Jebsen centre for psychosis research – TOP Study Group.

More about the position

The postdoctoral fellow will play a central role in the analysis and dissemination of data obtained at EEG-investigations in combination with data obtained from several other domains. In addition to EEG measures individual data is available based on clinical interviews, structural and functional MRI investigations of the brain, as well as neuropsychological tests, genetic analysis, pharmacological investigations, serum assays of intrinsic substances, and stem cell derived data.

It is anticipated that the postdoctoral fellow will focus on the relationships between MRI-derived measures of brain myelination and different EEG-derived electrophysiological aspects in connection to psychotic symptomatology.

The research will be carried out as part of a cross-disciplinary team of researchers in the Translational Multimodal MRI and Structural MRI groups of the center at NORMENT in collaboration with researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig.

NORMENT coordinates a translational multicenter study involving all psychiatric hospital departments in Oslo and several research groups at the University of Oslo. The main purpose of the research is to disentangle and characterize the neurobiological, genetic, psychological and environmental factors contributing to the development of severe mental disorders. Through our extensive infrastructure for clinical evaluations, neuropsychological testing, MRI brain imaging and biobanking we are assembling a comprehensive database comprising clinical, brain imaging and genetic data from a large number of healthy controls and patients suffering from psychotic disorders including schizophrenia and bipolar disorders.

The main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their disciplines.

The appointment is a fulltime position and is made for a period of up to three years.

Qualifications and requirements

  • Holds a ph.d. in psychiatry, molecular genetics, bioinformatics or equivalent
  • Is a qualified medical doctor or psychologist
  • Has a strong background and interest in electrophysiology, psychiatry and statistics, and an excellent publication record
  • Has experience and expertise in coordinating multi-site studies and large scale data-analysis
  • Has experience from clinical work in psychiatry or psychiatry related aspects in general medical care
  • Is ambitious and highly motivated for pursuing a career in science

A strong command of oral and written English is required. Knowledge of a Scandinavian language willbe considered beneficial.

Candidates with a strong interest in and experience with research in electrophysiology and MRI brain imaging are in particular encouraged to apply.

Personal suitability for the position will be emphasized and taken into account.

We offer

  • An ambitious and exciting research environment with a strong multidisciplinary profile and excellent opportunities for academic development at NORMENT, which is granted Centre of Excellence status by the Research Council of Norway
  • Salary NOK 497 000 - NOK 619 300 per annum depending on qualifications
  • Attractive welfare benefits and pension

How to apply

The application must include

  • Application letter including motivation for applying for the position
  • CV (summarizing education, relevant work experience, grants etc)
  • A complete list of publications and academic work
  • Contact details of 2-3 references, (incl. name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

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

Please note that no one can be appointed as Postdoctoral Fellow SKO1352 for more than one specified period at the same institution.

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).

After the initial screening process, short-listed candidates may be asked to submit selected publications, educational certificates and transcripts of records. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

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.

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.

Contact information

For any informal enquiries regarding the position, please contact:

All enquiries regarding registration of applications and/or the recruitment process, is to be directed to Human Resources Manager Erlend Huglen ([email protected]).

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