PhD Candidate within Cognitive Neuroscience

Trondheim, Norway
20 Apr 2021
End of advertisement period
17 May 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

K. G. Jebsen Centre for Alzheimer’s Disease has a vacancy for a 100% position as a PhD candidate within cognitive neuroscience, affiliated to the Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science. The aim of the newly established K. G. Jebsen Centre for Alzheimer's Disease is to identify neural mechanisms in the hippocampal system related to Alzheimer’s disease, through translational collaboration across basic laboratory research, human cognitive research and clinical medicine

The successful candidate will work on behavioral and neuroimaging studies on neural mechanisms for space, time and memory in healthy human participants and early dementia patients. The projects will be conducted in close collaboration with  Christian Doeller's research group  at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience , Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, as well as the clinical research group for neurodegenerative diseases at the Neuroclinic, St. Olav’s Hospital and the Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science, NTNU (TrønderBrain). We offer an international and multidisciplinary environment in which creativity and scientific discourse is valued and stimulate

Duties of the position

  • Develop and test novel cognitive tasks
  • Plan and conduct behavioral and neuroimaging studies related to memory in healthy controls and patients with early Alzheimer’s disease
  • Analyse behavioral and neuroimaging data and relate the results to clinical parameters
  • Disseminate the results via scientific presentations and publications

Required selection criteria

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in neuroscience or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable for education leading to a PhD degree.

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.

  • Completion of a Norwegian master’s degree (or foreign master’s degree recognized as the equivalent) in neuroscience or another relevant field (such as psychology, medicine, biology, physics)
  • The candidate must be able to communicate efficiently in English, both orally and written

Preferred selection criteria

  • Research experience from human cognitive neuroscience
  • High quality academic achievements
  • Programming skills and experience with behavioral and / or physiological data analysis
  • Experience with clinical research / practice and patient contact is an advantage
  • Good written and oral Norwegian language skills is an additional asset

Personal characteristics

  • Collaborative skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary research team
  • Good communication skills and suitability for research involving healthy participants and patients
  • Ability to work independently and responsibly, and to accomplish tasks
  • High motivation for the position

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 482 200 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 period of employment is 3 years.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Medicine and Health Sciences   within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

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 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 
  • Statement of research motivation and skills (1 page)
  • 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.

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 Tora Bonnevie, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please 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. Please refer to the application number 2021/18556 when applying.

Application deadline: May 17th, 2021

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 17th May 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary\
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