University of Oslo
January 24, 2023
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Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology

Center for Lifespan Changes in Brain and Cognition

Researcher About the position

A temporary position as researcher (1109) is available at the Center for Lifespan Changes in Brain and Cognition (LCBC), at the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo. This position will fit a highly talented candidate with experience and interest in neuroplasticity and gene-environment interactions in brain and cognition.

The project

The temporary position is financed by the European Research Council´s (ERC) consolidator program, and linked to the project “Set to change: early life factors restricting and promoting neurocognitive plasticity through life”. The main objective is to is to test whether and how early life environmental factors and genetic makeup interact to regulate neurocognitive plasticity through the lifespan.

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 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. The group was in 2015 appointed status as “world leading” as one of five at the University of Oslo, with special funding for five years. English is the language of the center. More information can be found on www.

More about the position

The temporary position is externally funded and available from 1 March 2023 until the remaining period of the project time, which is set to end 30 June 2024 (including the project reporting period). The researcher is expected to lead the analysis of data (MRI data, VR training data, cognitive test data, questionnaires, somatic data etc.) collected in the project. The data partly needs to be processed from raw format and are collected in Norwegian. The researcher will work closely together with other researchers, postdocs and phd students on data analysis and writing scientific articles. The position does not involve teaching but may involve some administrative and strategic tasks as a member of the senior staff at LCBC.

Qualification requirements
  • A PhD degree or similar in a relevant field, such as psychology, statistics, twin research, informatics, neuroinformatics, medicine, neuroscience or related
  • Strong methodological skills
  • Experience with multi-modal neuroimaging (FreeSurfer, FSL), memory, plasticity and age-related research
  • Experience with cognitive training and virtual reality paradigms
  • Experience with working with different data sources
  • Excellent English and good Norwegian communication skills, orally (English) and in writing (English, Norwegian)
  • Personal skills

    In the evaluation of applicants, emphasis will be placed on the following personal skills:

  • Candidate's good co-operative skills, and the ability to successfully join in academic collaboration
  • Candidate's academic and personal ability to work independently
  • 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 co-operative skills will be emphasized.

    We offer
  • Salary grade NOK 593 500 - 661 400 in annual gross depending on qualifications in a position as a Researcher (position code 1109)
  • Professional development in a stimulating academic environment
  • A friendly and inclusive workplace
  • 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 submitted in our electronic recruiting system. International applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system.International applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. All documents should be in Scandinavian or English.

    The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o. According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act information about an applicant may be included in the public applicants list, even if 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. The Department of Psychology shall work actively for equality, ensure equal opportunities and rights, and prevent discrimination.

    See the Gender equality initiative at UiO as well as the Action plan for gender equality, diversity and inclusion at the Department of Psychology 2022-2025 (in Norwegian).

    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.

    Formal regulations

    Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Researcher positions 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.

    Contact information

    Barbara Friedman administrative leader [email protected]

    Professor Kristine B. Walhovd k.b.walh[email protected]

    HR officer Dordi Stavik [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.


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