Postdoctoral fellowship in Neural Data Science

Trondheim, Norway
Monday, 13 July 2020
End of advertisement period
Thursday, 20 August 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

Funded by the Norwegian Research council, the position is part of a collaborative project on personalized rehabilitation of stroke patients evaluated with multimodal quantitative tools (PROTEQT). The selected candidate can start as early as October 1st, 2020.

This position is primarily for the development of methods to analyze high-dimensional neural data in particular, to compare across subjects and describe changes as the underlying network develops (e.g. during recovery from a stroke). The main datasets are multimodal MRI, to be analyzed in collaboration with another postdoc and PhD student.

The selected candidate will be part of a research group focused on neural data science at the department of Mathematics, currently comprising 1 postdoc, 5 PhD students, 2 master students and associate professor Benjamin Dunn with backgrounds in mathematics, statistics, neuroscience and physics. We are also part of a much larger local community at NTNU that includes strong basic, computational and translational neuroscience as well as medicine, statistics, mathematics and related research fields.

The selected candidate will report to Benjamin Dunn with respect to the daily work, and to the Head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences in employee matters

Duties of the position

  • Research work, in collaboration with other members of the group
  • Dissemination of results
  • Teaching, if background of student is appropriate, in which case the position will be extended from three to four years

Required selection criteria

A postdoctoral research fellowship is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. You must have completed a doctoral degree in mathematics, statistics or otherwise have shown similar qualification in the respective field. Foreign doctoral degrees must be recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result

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, post doctor and research assistant.

  • Completed application including document (CV, diplomas, references)
  • A brief text (max one page) on an approach to large population neural data analysis that you think is amazing.
  • Documented experience with analysis of neural data
  • High-level written and oral English language skills

Preferred selection criteria

  • Norwegian language skills

Personal characteristics

  • Independent
  • Creative
  • Curiosity-driven
  • Motivated and able to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education and the above personal characteristics, as well as the readiness to start the project.

We offer

Salary and conditions

The employment period is 3 or 4 years (if position is to include teaching responsibilities in statistics or mathematics).Postdoctoral candidates are placed in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK

542 400 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

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 criteria 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.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. 

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

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

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Benjamin Dunn, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Wenche Myklebust Olsen e-mail:

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number 2020/19106 when applying.

Application deadline: 20.08.2020

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Mathematical Sciences 

We are Norway’s largest university environment in mathematical sciences. 
The Department has a particular responsibility for all basis education in mathematical sciences for engineering and natural science students at NTNU. We focus on long-term basic research and applied research at a high international level. 

Our aim is to meet the society’s needs for mathematical and statistical expertise in business and public administration as well as in the research and education sector.  The Department of Mathematical Sciences is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

Deadline 20th August 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Campus Gløshaugen

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