PhD position in early onset adolescent psychosis study
At the NORMENT – K.G. Jebsen Research Centre for Psychosis Research, a Centre of Excellence, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo, there is a position available as a PhD student. The Centre has a research programme involving all psychiatric hospital departments in Oslo and several research groups at the University of Oslo (UiO). The purpose of the programme is to study how biological/genetic, psychological and environmental factors contribute to severe mental disorders. The NORMENT CoE has used their infrastructure for clinical evaluations, neuropsychological testing, MRI brain imaging and biobanking to collect a large database in severe mental disorder. Specifically, we have collected data on adolescents with psychosis (12-18 years of age) with the purpose to investigate the brain structural and functional development over time and the interaction with clinical course, genes, cardiovascular, metabolic, and environmental risk factors. A baseline data collection comprising in depth clinical, cognitive, biomarker and MRI brain data is ongoing and is now followed by a reexamination after initially 2 years for longitudinal investigation.
The PhD student will work to gain more knowledge about mechanisms and development of severe mental disorders in adolescence, by identifying different phenotypes that are associated with severe mental illness, using the well characterized Youth-TOP (Thematically Organized Psychosis) sample with clinical assessments and advanced brain MRI scans. The PHD student will help include adolescents to the project and will follow NORMENT’s PhD program for researcher development. The project has collaboration with research groups in the United States and Europe, and visits to these collaborators may be included.
- An exciting research environment with a multi-disciplinary profile and large opportunities for academic development.
- Pay Grade: 50-57 (NOK 432 700 – NOK 489 300) depending on qualifications.
- Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
- Attractive welfare benefits
In assessing applications, particular emphasis will be placed upon the academic and personal ability of the candidate to complete the project within the given timeframe.
In accordance with the University of Oslo´s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.
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