Researcher in clinical neuroscience and neuroimaging
Applications are invited for a position as Researcher (SKO 1109) to be based at the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo. The position is linked to the project BRAINMINT (Brains and minds in transition: The dark side of neuroplasticity during sensitive life phases), which is funded by an ERC Starting Grant (PI: Lars T. Westlye) for a period of 5 years. The project aims to increase our understanding of individual differences in the susceptibility for mental disorders during transformative life phases.
The successful candidate will be affiliated with the Multimodal Imaging group (PI, Lars T. Westlye, firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Norwegian Centre for Mental Disorders Research (NORMENT), University of Oslo. NORMENT is a Norwegian Centre of Excellence aiming to disentangle the neurobiological, genetic, psychological and environmental factors contributing to the development of mental illness. Through our infrastructure for clinical evaluations, cognitive assessment, neuroimaging and biobanking we are assembling a large imaging genetics database comprising data from healthy controls and patients suffering from schizophrenia and bipolar disorders, in addition to other brain disorders. NORMENT Multimodal Imaging group (currently comprises two faculty, nine researchers/postdoctoral fellows and several PhD fellows and graduate students. The group is directly involved in various large-scale international collaborative efforts and consortia, to which the successful candidate is expected to contribute.
More about the position
The primary objective of BRAINMINT is to address the hypothesis that common mechanisms which boost neuroplasticity during transitional phases increase the sensitivity to the environment and promote adaptation to changing demands, but at the cost of increased susceptibility to mental disorders if exposed to a combination of genetic risk and adverse environmental triggers. Employing an accelerated longitudinal design, we will zero in on two transformative phases which are associated with both increased neuroplasticity and prevalence of mental disorders, namely adolescence and pregnancy.
We will combine imaging genetics data from existing large-scale resources with a novel data collection, including multi-modal brain and body MRI, cognitive tests, clinical phenotyping, and blood samples. Together with research assistants and other postdocs and PhD candidates, the successful applicant will play a central role in coordinating the data collection, and will be involved in all phases of the project including study design, piloting, recruitment, coordination, data analysis, and dissemination.
- Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in psychology, medicine, cognitive neuroscience, or other relevant fields. Candidates who have submitted their thesis for evaluation within the application deadline will be considered.
- Candidates with a documented and hands-on experience with study coordination, data collection and handling of participants will be preferred. Clinically oriented education (clinical psychologist, physician etc) is an advantage.
- An innovative, active and strong research profile with excellent documented potential for performing high quality research. Experience with human cognitive and affective neuroscience in relation to mental health and resilience is a benefit.
- Documented experience with some or all of the following is required: Experimental cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, imaging genetics, network analysis, and machine learning.
- Documented experience with statistical analysis and programming (R, Matlab, python or similar) is required.
- Fluent oral and written communication skills in English is required.
- Documented interest and experience in performing and/or promoting Open Science practices and research transparency will be regarded as a substantial strength.
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