A position is available as a Postdoctoral Fellow at The Center for Lifespan Changes in Brain and Cognition (second announcement) at the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo. Go to JobbNorge for complete job advertisement.
The position is devoted to the EU-funded project «Lifebrain: Healthy minds from 0-100 years: Optimising the use of European brain imaging cohorts». The main objective is to identify and validate trends and determinants of cognitive decline by creating a large database of detailed information about health, cognitive function, genetics and brain imaging. The positon is for a period of 3-4 years. A fourth year can be considered with the addition of teaching, depending on the competence of the applicant and the needs of the department.
Lifebrain aims to establish a solid foundation of knowledge for understanding how brain health and cognitive function can be optimized in response to the enormous societal challenges with the ageing of the European population. Lifebrain consists of partners from leading research groups on lifespan neuroscience in several European countries and is coordinated from LCBC.
The goal of The Center for Lifespan Changes in Brain and Cognition (LCBC) is to understand brain and cognitive changes and how to optimize them through the entire lifespan. LCBC is an international and multi-disciplinary research center, led by Professors Kristine B. Walhovd, Anders M Fjell and René Westerhausen with a staff of about 25 full time positions, including three professors, seven postdoctoral fellows, nine PhD candidates, multiple full time research assistants and administrative support. English is the language of the Center. The Center has a number of research projects funded by the European Research Council, the Norwegian Research Council, EU and The National Health Association. LCBC was in 2015, as one of five, appointed status as a «world leading» research group at the University of Oslo.
The successful candidate will be involved in data management ‒ and integration, and tool development in Lifebrain, including enrichment of data by coupling to national registries. In addition, the candidate will work on analyses of profiles of brain, cognitive and mental health and identification of biological and environmental factors that explain diversity through the life course. The candidate must in this position work closely and communicate much with other researchers at LCBC as well as with our international collaborators. The daily work will be at LCBC, but with some travels between the sites as part of the duties.
- Completed a PhD within neuroscience, psychology, medicine, statistics/biostatistics or a related discipline.
- Published at least two papers as first author in international peer-reviewed journals on a relevant theme.
- High ambitions of making a significant contribution to the research center and the field of neuroscience.
- Experience with analysis of multi-site complex data is strongly desired for this position.
- Solid competence in statistics is a prerequisite.
- Experience with longitudinal modeling of data, the use of different biomarkers (e.g. genotyping, vitamin status or the like), or different cognitive markers in analyses will be considered a strength.
- Experience from working with large and transdisciplinary research groups will be considered a strength.
- The candidate is expected to and produce high-quality publications in the best journals. Potential for a further research career is considered an important factor.
- Salary grade depending on qualifications and experience, in the range of NOK 486 100 ‒ 567 100 per annum.
- Professional development in a stimulating academic environment.
- Attractive welfare arrangements.
- Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
The application must include
- Letter of application, where your motivation for applying for this position is described.
- CV 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).
Expected Start Date: As soon as possible, in 2017.
Application deadline: 27 April 2017.
Reference number: 2016/12482.