Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology

Expiring today

Trondheim, Norway
Jul 07, 2020
End of advertisement period
Oct 25, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position 

A two-year full time Postdoctoral Fellowship is available at the Chemosensory lab, Department of Psychology. We are looking for a candidate with expertise within the area of sensory neuroscience. The postdoc will participate in design and execution of experiments aimed to investigate basic principles underlying multisensory integration including input from olfaction and other sensory modalities in a moth brain. Experimental methods including electrophysiological (intracellular/extracellular) recording/staining, calcium imaging, and confocal microscopy in combination with neural reconstruction/modeling, will be used.

Applicants should have knowledge about neural principles underlying general brain function and be acquainted with the above-mentioned techniques. Previous experience from working with the small insect brain is advantageous. We can offer incorporation in a vital research group including other research fellows and PhDs. In addition to the experimental work, the post-doc will participate in supervision of master students.

Duties of the position

The candidate will participate actively in the research carried out at the Chemosensory lab where the main aim is to understand neural principles typifying encoding of odor information. We expect the candidate to contribute with:

  • Design and implementation of experimental studies
  • Preparation of scientific articles for internationally acknowledged journals.
  • Presentation of scientific data on conferences and meetings.
  • Dissemination of scientific data to audiences outside academia
  • Participation and contribution to the overall activity of the research unit.
  • Supervision of master students.

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 neuroscience or corresponding foreign doctoral degree 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.

In addition to possessing good oral and written skills in English, the candidate should have a publication record comprising scientific articles of international standard, preferably including electrophysiological studies.

Preferred selection criteria

Experience from central experimental methods within neuroscience:

  • Intracellular recording/staining
  • Confocal microscopy
  • Modelling neural strictures by means of visualization software, such as AMIRA
  • Calcium imaging measurements

Knowledge about:

  • Statistical methods
  • Programming, acquaintance with Phyton, Matlab, or R

Personal characteristics

  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Inquisitiveness
  • Reliability and accuracy
  • Independence

We offer

Salary and conditions

The employment period is 2 years.

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.

The position is subject to external funding.

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. 

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 works)
  • Name and address of three referees

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.

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

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.

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 Bente G. Berg, (
If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Kirsten Sjolte, (

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 SU-466 when applying.

Application deadline: 25.10.2020

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Department of Psychology

Our research and teaching are based on five perspectives: biological, cognitive, social, personality and developmental psychology. We offer a clinical programme in psychology as well as study programmes in the psychology of learning and in work and organizational psychology. We have also three outpatient clinics in which we treat patients as part of the clinical programme. The Department of Psychology is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences.

Deadline 25th October 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Dragvoll