Postdoctoral Fellowship

University of Oslo
January 27, 2023
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Faculty of Social Sciences

Department of Psychology

Center for Lifespan Changes in Brain and Cognition (LCBC)

Postdoctoral Fellowship The project

The position is financed by the UiO:Lifescience initiative through the convergence grant “Societal and environmental determinants of brain and cognition”.

The primary objective of the project is to uncover how interactions between the immediate environment, larger societal factors and genes shape brain and cognitive function across the lifespan. We will research the mechanisms that link genes, social outcome and cognition, study the timing, nature and determinants of the relationships between genes, brain, cognition and social outcomes such as socioeconomic status, and use machine learning to describe the relationships between the brain and social outcome variables.

The project evolved in response to a strong joint interest of PIs from diverse fields to understand factors important for brain structure and cognitive function; psychology (Kristine B Walhovd; Anders M Fjell), economics (Ole Røgeberg), sociology (Torkild Hovde Lyngstad), genetics (Yunpeng Wang, Jennifer Harris), biostatistics (Øystein Sørensen) and physics (Atle Bjørnerud).

For this we are seeking four excellent candidates with different scientific backgrounds:

  • PhD position: Hired at Department of Psychology
  • Post doc position 1: Hired at Department of Sociology and Human geography
  • Post doc position 2: Hired at Department of Physics
  • Post doc position 3: Hired at Department of Psychology (current position)
  • 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 30 full time positions, including faculty professors/ researchers, several PostDocs and PhD candidates, 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. More information can be found on www.

    More about the position

    The applicant will mainly be working on analyses of task-related fMRI data acquired at our Siemens Prisma 3T MRI scanner as well as electrophysiology data on sleep. The applicant is expected to publish scientific papers on the relevant topics. Some data collection must also be expected as part of the position.

    The successful applicant will have to document a background in polysomnography (“sleep EEG”) and fMRI-analysis but will 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 an interdisciplinary context. In addition, the candidate is expected to take part in LCBCs extensive network of international collaborations.

    The positon is for a period of 3 years.

    Qualification requirements


  • A PhD degree or similar in psychology, cognitive neuroscience or a related field
  • Good skills in EEG and/or functional neuroimaging
  • Skills in polysomnography, including sleep staging
  • 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
  • Good Norwegian communication skills is an advantage, as some data collection is expected
  • 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
  • A salary of NOK 584 700 - 661 400 per annum depending on qualifications
  • 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).
  • The application with attachments must be delivered in 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).

    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.

    Diversity and gender equality

    Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.

    If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

    Contact information

    Professor Anders M Fjell, e-mail: [email protected]

    Administrative manager Barbara Bodorkos Friedman, e-mail [email protected]

    HR officer Dordi Stavik, e-mail: [email protected] for questions about the electronic application.

    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.


    27th January 2023


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