Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science

Trondheim, Norway
Thursday, 21 November 2019
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 5 January 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the position

A 2-year 100% postdoctoral fellow position is open for a highly-qualified individual to work on 1: Neuropsychological data already collected with our validated web-based neuropsychological platform Memoro in HUNT4 (HUNT4 hjernetrim), and 2: take part in our next general population study of cognition. 

The current postdoc position will focus on data already collected in HUNT4 "Hjernetrim" in individuals from age 13 to 92. The performance data can be combined with demographic, lifestyle and health/clinical data and measurements going back to mid-1980s as well as genetics. 

Depending on scientific background and field of interest, the successful candidate will focus on the impact of potentially reversible lifestyle choices, health and clinical measures on different cognitive abilities and their interaction. If the successful candidate has a background in genetics, the genetic underpinnings of cognition will be the main area of research and interactions between heritability, genetics, environment and clinical measures the field of study.  Genetic studies are performed in collaboration with Professor Matt Huentlman’s lab at Tgen and UA in Arizona. 

The positon is in Professor Asta Håberg’s research lab at the Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science. The lab is a multi-disciplinary environment focused on identifying structural and functional brain MRI and cognitive biomarkers of successful brain development, brain aging and outcome in neurological or neurosurgical diseases. Memoro is a web-based platform allowing for detailed cognitive assessment based on standard neuropsychological tests and fMRI research developed by Professor Håberg and colleagues. The system is currently deployed in large scaled prospective general population and patient studies.

The Department of Neuroscience and Movement Science (INB) is an ambitious department in strong development. Great diversity in medicine and health disciplines is a hallmark of the department.

We give priority to social relevance and quality in both education and research.Several of our groups of researchers and teaching staff are at the forefront of their fields in Norway and internationally. Our ambition: “Through interdisciplinary collaboration, INB creates forward-looking education and research that lead the way in improving health and function.”

Read more about the Department here:

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Investigate the impact of  demographic, lifestyle, health and clinical measures on cognitive abilities across the life span.
  • Investigate new measures of cognition derived from Memoro's response logging  
  • If the successful candidate has a background in genetics, investigate the genetic underpinnings and heritability with focus on different memory types 
  • Start data collection in a new general population cohort 

Qualification requirements

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. 

Completion of a Norwegian or equivalent international/foreign doctoral degree in psychology, genetics, neuroscience or medicine within the field of neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive rehabilitation, brain genetics is required.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, postdoctor and research assistant

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

Other qualifications

  • Very good programming skills (e.g. MATLAB, R, Python, JavaScript, Ruby)
  • Very good statistical background and practical experience
  • Proficiency in English at a scientific level

Desired skills and experience:

  • A particular interest in cognition, the cause of inter-individual differences and intra-individual changes over time.
  • In depth/personal experience with neuropsychological testing, fMRI studies or similar
  • Strong statistical background 
  • Published two scientific papers or more as first author on topics relevant for current postdoc position  
  • Savvy with regard to social media 

Personal characteristics

  • Ability to work independently and think out of the box
  • Creativity and resilience 
  • Internal drive and passion for science
  • Ability to communicate and work in an interdiciplinary environment

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement

We offer

  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits
  • first class cross-sectional and prospective performance data with many new measures derived from our web-based battery as several novel performance measures are logged. 
  • possibility to uncover early biomarkers for early intervention to preserve brain function throughout the lifespan
  • multi-disciplinary lab with imaging and cognition in clinical, population and experimental settings  
  • international research group with English as work language
  • extensive scientific connections internationally
  • The postdoc fellow will be provided funds to attend scientific meetings

Salary and conditions

Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 515 200 per annum before tax. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 2 years.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criterias in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

General information

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

Questions about the position can be directed to Asta Hårberg, phone number 90259147, e-mail:

Questions about the application procedure can be directed to HR-consultant Bente Andersen, e-mail:

About the application:

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Application deadline: 05.01.2020

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Deadline 5th January 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Fixed Term