Faculty of Social Sciences,
Department of Psychology,
Section for Health, Developmental and Personality Psychology
PhD fellowship in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
A PhD position in developmental cognitive neuroscience is available at the
Section for Health, Developmental and Personality Psychology (HUP). The
position will be part of the Norwegian Centre for Mental Disorders Research
(NORMENT), in collaboration with the PROMENTA Research Center.
NORMENT is a Norwegian Centre of Excellence aiming to disentangle the genetic,
neurobiological, psychological and environmental factors contributing to
mental illness. Through our infrastructure for clinical evaluations, cognitive
assessment, neuroimaging and biobanking we are assembling a large imaging
genetics database comprising data from healthy controls and patients suffering
from mental disorders.
PROMENTA is a newly established interdisciplinary research center focusing on
developmental processes and social gradients in mental health, drug use and
The PhD position is funded by a grant from the Research Council of Norway for
the project «Learning from mistakes: A Longitudinal Neuroimaging-Cohort-
Registry Study”. The project is part of a larger project called BRAINMINT
The fellowship is for a period of three years. A fourth year can be considered
with the addition of a 25% teaching requirement, depending on the competence
of the applicant and the needs of the department.
More about the project
On an overarching level, we aim to improve our understanding of the role of
neurocognitive development in adolescent mental health and education. The
primary objectives of the project are to 1) Map the development of self-
regulation functions and associated brain activity across adolescence, 2)
Probe how this development is related to changes in brain structure and
structural connectivity, 3) Test how early life influences and traits are
associated with individual differences in adolescents' self-regulation
functions, and 4) Examine the relevance of these functions for mental health
and school performance.
We will collect and analyse behavioural, electroencephalography (EEG) and
multimodal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data from both a large
population-based sample and a heterogeneous clinical sample of adolescents. In
addition to this new data-collection, we are working with several large-scale
open developmental datasets that include EEG, functional and structural MRI,
and diffusion MRI.
The successful PhD applicant will play a central role in the data collection.
The PhD candidate is expected to learn and perform neuroimaging and
statistical analyses and write research articles in the fields of
developmental cognitive neuroscience, mental health and education. The
specific focus of the PhD project will be planned together with the project
leader, but can for instance involve using EEG or fMRI to study development of
cognitive control, error processing or emotion processing, or using diffusion
MRI to study structural connectivity in relation to adolescent mental health
or education. The PhD is also expected to collaborate with other members in
the research group.
The project is led by Professor Christian K. Tamnes (PI) and involves
collaborations with national and international researchers, and the work may
include a period abroad.
Applicants must have a Master's degree or equivalent in a relevant field,
such as psychology, cognitive neuroscience, medicine, or related.
High fluency in English, spoken and written
Potential and ambitions for excellent research within the project, as
evidenced by the required letter of application, explaining the motivation
for applying and how own qualifications are suitable for the announced
Competence in data processing and statistical analysis (R, Mplus or
Research experience in the fields of cognitive neuroscience, developmental
psychology, mental health, or education
Experience with EEG and/or MRI data collection and/or analysis
Experience with working with adolescents
Excellent writing skills
Interest in performing and promoting Open Science practices
Creative thinking and analytic abilities
High motivation and efficient work structure
Ability to work in collaborative groups and independently
In assessing applications, particular emphasis will be placed upon the quality
of the candidate's academic qualifications. Interviews with selected
candidates will be arranged where the applicants personal suitability,
motivation and cooperative skills will be emphasized.
Salary grade NOK 491 200 - 534 400 per year depending on qualifications in
a position as PhD Research fellow (position code 1017)
A professionally stimulating work environment
Enthusiastic colleagues with high expertise in relevant fields
Unique learning opportunities
Opportunities for extensive collaboration with national and international
Favorable pension and social welfare benefits
How to apply
The application must include
Letter of application, 1-2 pages, explaining the motivation for applying
and how own qualifications are suitable for the announced postdoc position
CV summarizing education, positions, academic work and other qualifying
Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
A complete list of publications and academic works (including preprints
and scientific posters). Publications should not be submitted along with
the initial application
Names and contact details of at least two references (name, relation to
candidate, e-mail, and telephone number)
The application with attachments must be submitted through our electronic
recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. 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
Project leader, Christian K. Tamnes: firstname.lastname@example.org
HR officer, Linn Berg Salvesen: email@example.com
Please contact the project leader for more information about the project.
Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research
Fellowships at the University of Oslo.
No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at
the University of Oslo.
This is a project funded by the Research Council of Norway and applicants with
a previous PhD degree cannot be appointed for this position.
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 appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the
framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment
in academic positions.
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
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.
About the 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.
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.
4th October 2021
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