Postdoctoral Fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience of Spatial Cognition

Trondheim, Norway
09 Jul 2020
End of advertisement period
23 Jul 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The position is a part of the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience/Centre for Neural Computation and embedded in the newly founded Jebsen Centre for Alzheimer’s disease. The aim of the Jebsen Centre for Alzheimer’s disease, funded for 5 years by the Jebsen Foundation, is to identify neural mechanisms in the hippocampal system related to Alzheimer’s disease. We offer an international and multidisciplinary environment in which creativity and scientific discourse is valued and stimulated. See for detailed information. 

The successful candidate will work on behavioural and neuroimaging studies on spatial memory in healthy human participants and early dementia patients under the supervision of Professor Christian Doeller and in collaboration with research teams at the Kavli Institute and the Neurology Clinic at St. Olavs Hospital. See for further information about our wider research program and scientific mission. If successful, the candidate will be offered a fulltime post-doctoral fellowship lasting 2-4 years.

Duties of the position

  • Programming novel virtual reality tasks
  • Designing and conduction cutting-edge behavioural and neuroimaging studies on human memory processes.
  • Examining neural mechanisms underlying memory in patients with early Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Analysing complex virtual reality and neuroimaging data.
  • Disseminating scientific findings via conference presentations and scientific publications.

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 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.

Required selection criteria

  • Completion of a Norwegian doctoral degree (or foreign doctoral degree recognized as the equivalent) in cognitive neuroscience.
  • Experience in the areas of spatial cognition and spatial navigation.
  • Methods skills in virtual reality and eye tracking, and programming skills.
  • The applicant must be able to demonstrate a consistently outstanding academic track record, reflected in first-author publications in top cognitive science or neuroscience journals.
  • It is imperative that the candidate is able to communicate effectively in English, both orally and written.

Preferred selection criteria

  • A background in neuropsychology and experience in research with psychiatric or neurological patients is an advantage.
  • International research experience is a strong plus. 

Personal characteristics

For this position we also emphasize:

  • Collaborative skills
  • Ability to accomplish tasks
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary research team
  • We will place great emphasis on initiative, self-motivation and the candidate’s motivation for the position in our assessment of the candidates.

We offer

Salary and conditions

Postdoctoral fellowship:

The employment period is 2-4 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 daily.

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 (Departments to choose from the following):

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Research plan or project proposal
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment
  • 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 Professor Christian Doeller, email: If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Senior HR-consultant, Ole Kristian Indergård, 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: 23.07.2020

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 Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at NTNU. It was established as a Centre of Excellence in 2002, and designated as a Kavli Foundation Institute in 2007 ( The scientific goal of the Institute is to increase the understanding of neural circuits and systems along with their role in generating psychological functions.

Today, the Institute consists of the Centre for Neuronal Computation (CNC) as well as the Egil and Pauline Braathen and Fred Kavli Centre for Cortical Microcircuits. In 2014, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to two of the Institute’s professors, Edvard Moser and May-Britt Moser. The Institute is responsible for an international master's programme and is affiliated with a doctoral programme in medicine. Through our widespread network of international collaboration, we offer unique career opportunities. For further information, see:

Deadline 23rd July 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service NTNU, Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience