Postdoctoral position in Computational Neuroscience

Trondheim, Norway
20 May 2020
End of advertisement period
01 Jun 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

A 2-year, full-time (100%) postdoc position is open for an outstanding candidate to work on the project “Deep Cellular Automata” . The candidate is expected to start in autumn 2020.   

You will report to Associate Professor

Duties of the position

The candidate will work with advanced neural network modelling. Duties include morphogenetic neuroengineering, in vitro electrophysiology and computational analysis and modelling by applying deep learning principles to infer and selectively influence key mechanisms regulating complex behavioural dynamics of biological neural networks in healthy and perturbed conditions. The candidate will be part of the Sandvig group for Integrative Neuroscience, INB and work in close collaboration with the Nichele group at the Living Technology Lab and AI Lab, Department of Computer Science, OsloMet, coordinating the DeepCA project. The candidate is expected to divide her/his time between the two labs as appropriate. Other duties include supervision of MSc and PhD students working on related projects at the Sandvig and Nichele labs.

Furthermore, the candidate is expected to be fully integrated within a wider collaborative network and actively engage in relevant outreach and dissemination activities, including presentation of scientific results at national and international meetings and conferences.

Required selection criteria

A postdoctoral research fellowship is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. By the time of appointment (please see below) you must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree in Medicine and Health Sciences or equivalent 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.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, talented, creative scientist with a strong theoretical and practical background in nanotechnology and specialization in bionanotechnology.

PhD in in Medicine and Health Sciences or equivalent (granted, or expected PhD defence by 15th October 2020)

Extensive experience with in vitro neural network modelling, including cell reprogramming and culture, microelectrode array (MEA) based electrophysiology and data programming and analysis (Matlab, Python)

A strong academic track record

Excellent communication skills in spoken and written English and Norwegian language skills

Strong motivation for the position

Preferred selection criteria

Priority will be given to candidates with documented experience working with modelling and studying self-organising neural networks as computational substrates, i.e. projects bridging neuroscience with computer science and neuromorphic engineering.

Personal characteristics

  • Genuine interest in research with a high level of curiosity and willingness to learn
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as in a scientific team
  • Proven ability to work with interdisciplinary teams
  • Problem solving skills
  • Attention to detail

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

We offer

Salary and conditions

The employment period is 2 years (full time, 100% position)

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. 

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

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.

For further information about the position, contact:

Associate Professor Ioanna Sandvig, e-mail:

For further information about the application process, contact:

HR Adviser Bente Kristin Årbogen Andersen, 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. 

Application deadline: 01.06.2020

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.

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:

Deadline 1st June 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Jobbnorge ID 187058