At UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Psychology, a position has become available for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Computational Psychiatry. Go to JobbNorge for complete job advertisement.
The position is affiliated with the research group Cognitive Psychology. This Postdoctoral position is a fixed term position of a duration of three years. Appointment to the positon of Postdoctoral Research Fellow is mainly intended to provide qualification for work in top academic positions. It is a prerequisite that the applicant be able to carry out the project over the full course of the employment period. No one person may hold more than one fixed-term position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the same institution.
The research group in Cognitive Psychology is pursuing active research within the field of human decision making. The group currently consists of four staff members, and six PhD students, and a number of associated members. The research group is involved in projects across a large range of topics, among others, the science of procrastination, cognitive factors predicting postnatal depression, human rationality and metacognition, and emotion research. The project in which the post-doctoral position is announced is led by principal investigator Gerit Pfuhl and comprises an international collaboration with researchers from Hamburg (Germany) as well as a collaboration with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
- A Norwegian doctorate degree is required, or a corresponding international doctorate degree which is recognised as being equal to the Norwegian doctorate degree. Candidates that will finish their PhD until summer 2017 are eligible to apply but have to state their date of defence.
- Strong quantitative skills, including statistical modelling, programming and data analysis.
- A proven track record in peer-reviewed publications.
- Evidence of creativity and capability of independent research.
- Excellent communication skills – written and oral.
- Ability to work independently and in team.
Responsibilities and field of work
The post-doc will work in the project: Too precise or too imprecise, which parameter is gone awry in psychosis and autism (FRIPRO grant). The project has the goal to develop computational models underlying the performance and biases in three behavioural tasks as well as for modelling pupillometry data acquired in connection with those tasks. The post-doc shall develop models within the Bayesian brain framework. The three experimental tasks will measure expectations in a probabilistic inference task, assessing the precision of one’s memory, and how new information is processed in a social inference task. Differences in performance and bias will identify subgroups – people with optimal and various suboptimal decisions. We will also test patients before and after they received metacognitive therapy, thereby measuring which computational parameter changes during therapy.
We can offer
- Interesting work tasks.
- A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues.
- Good career opportunities.
- A large degree of independence in work.
- Flexible working hours and a state collective agreement.
- Pension scheme through the state pension fund.
- The remuneration for this position is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1352.
Applications shall include
- Cover letter including a short description of interests and reasons for applying for the position.
- CV containing a complete overview of education, experience, professional work and References.
- Diplomas and certificates:
– Diploma and transcript of Master’s degree or equivalent (in original language and translated)
– Diploma and transcript of PhD.
- The doctoral thesis must have been submitted for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.
– List of academic works
– Description of the attached works, and a short description of other works to show breadth of output.
- The list of publications shall contain the following information:
– Author(s), the work’s title
– For articles: the journal’s name and volume, the first and last page of the article, year of publication
– For publications: publisher, printer, year of publication, number of pages.
- 10 works that are central to your production.
Application deadline: 3 May 2017.
Reference number: 2017/1663.