NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY - NTNU

Postdoctoral Position in Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science

Location
Trondheim, Norway
Posted
Monday, 3 May 2021
End of advertisement period
Thursday, 27 May 2021
Ref
2021/22464
Contract Type
Temporary
Hours
Full Time

About the position

A temporary, 2 years position as a postdoctoral fellow(100 %), with possibility of extension for another year,  is open for an outstanding applicant. The position is based at the Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science, NTNU, and will be integrated with the newly established Translational Neuroscience Clinical-Academic Group (CAG) for Alzheimer´s Disease

The department

The Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science (INB) conducts research and education covering a wide range og areas related to the nervous system, sense organs, the head, and motion control and movement. The main research activity at the Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science is organized into the focus areas Geriatrics, movement and stroke (GeMS), Ear-nose-throat, Eye diseases and Oral surgery, Neurology and neuro surgery, programmes of professions studies: Audiology Occupational therapy and Physioterapy, and Orthopeadics and Rheumatology.

The Translational Neuroscience Clinical-Academic Group (CAG) for Alzheimer´s Disease

The newly established Translational Neuroscience CAG for Alzheimer´s disease (AD) is a strategic initiative from the Central Norway Regional Health Authority that aims to coordinate and strengthen the collaboration and synergies between ongoing research activities on AD in the region as well as foster new collaborations towards the unifying goal of providing novel insights into the pathogenetic mechanisms, diagnostics and treatment of AD patients and to create regional health services that benefit patients, caregivers and the society. This includes creating increased opportunities to provide personalized care and treatment to AD patients in the future

Position description

The goals for the postdoc are to implement advanced imaging analysis and modelling of dynamic functional and structural changes in the brain of patients with AD.

The postdoc will be responsible for image analysis and modeling of multimodal Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of patients clinically diagnosed with AD.  This includes analysis of 1.5 T and 3.0 T MRIs obtained through routine MRI examination of AD patients within our health region.  Volumetric analysis of T1/T2 images as well as fluid attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) and diffusion weitghted images (DWI).  These images are currently stored in an AD database (NorKog).   Furthermore, the postdoc will be responsible for MRI image analysis including, T1/T2 volumetric MRI,  resting and active state fMRI, and diffusion tensor imaging tractography (DTI  tractography).  This is a prospective longitudinal study with age-matched healthy individuals included as controls.  The MRI acquisition will be done both on a 3T and 7T clinical MR scanner at our institution.  The post-image modelling will focus on analysis of longitudinal changes in the brain connectome with progression in AD pathology.

Required selection criteria

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree in mathematics or physics or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

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.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate should have a mathematical or physics background with documented previous experience in relevant MRI image analysis and modelling. The candidate should be energetic and proactive and should be able to demonstrate initiative as well as ability to work independently but also to interact and work well as part of an interdisciplinary team.  Meticulous attention to detail, excellent organisation, time management, and communication skills are key prerequisites for this position.

Requirements

  • Masters and PhD in mathematics or physics
  • Excellent computer skills including programming
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Strong motivation for the position
  • Proven ability to work independently, but also as part of a team

Emphasis will be placed on

  • Ability to work and/or collaborate with interdisciplinary environments
  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written
  • Documented experience with graph theoretical modelling of brain connectivity and a background in neuroscience will be an advantage
  • Relevant publications record

We offer

  • Challenging and exciting work with access to state-of-the-art and emerging technologies
  • A good working environment
  • Excellent opportunities for personal development through active collaboration and interaction with interdisciplinary environments across the region, nationally and abroad
  • Good pension, insurance and loan schemes through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits

Salary and conditions

The employment period is 2years with possibility for extension for another year.

Postdoctoral candidates are placed in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 545 300 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 daily.

About the application

The candidate’s motivation, skills and personal qualifications for the position and project should be described in a short application letter. The application should contain the following attachments:

  • Applicant’s CV, certificates and diplomas. Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree: http://ec.europa.eu/education/tools/diploma-supplement_en.htm
  • Contact information for two references (including email addresses and telephone number)
  • For applicants from non-English speaking countries: documentation of English competence 
  • Other relevant information/attachments.
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment  

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.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

Chosen applicants will be invited to an interview.

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

Candidates from non-English speaking countries outside the Nordic countries should provide official documentation of their English competence. Approved tests are TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). The following results are required: TOEFL: 600 / writing 4.5 (paper-based test), 92 / writing 22 (internet- based test) IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted) CAE/CPE: grade B or A.

NTNU is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants from both EU/EEA and non-EU countries. The university is strongly committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from members of ethnic minorities.

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.

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.

In accordance with The Public 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 Axel Sandvig, e-mail axel.sandvig@ntnu.no. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Bente Kristin Årbogen Andersen, e-mail: bente.k.a.andersen@ntnu.no

Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no 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 2021/22464 when applying.

Application deadline: 27.05.202

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.

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: www.ntnu.edu/in

Deadline 27th May 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service

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