Postdoctoral Fellow 3-Years 100% Position In Ziaei Group

Trondheim, Norway
17 Dec 2021
End of advertisement period
31 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

Dr Ziaei group at the Kavli Institute for System Neuroscience (KISN) explores the structural and functional neural networks underlying social and emotional processing in aging. We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic post-doctoral fellow to join the lab to help better understand the emotional and brain changes that occur in aging.

More specifically, Dr Ziaei’s group aims to explore how individual differences in cognitive functions and biological markers influence brain networks involved in processing social and emotional cues in the environment. We are running a multi-component, longitudinal, comprehensive study to explore biological, neural, and behavioral responses to social and emotional cues. Additionally, we are interested to investigate if these factors contribute to mental health among older adults.

Duties of the position

The post-doctoral fellow will be involved in different aspects of this project, including the design of the project, data collection (fMRI and behavioral testing), data analysis and writing publications. Additionally, there is an opportunity for the postdoc to work on the existing dataset or generate new project, within the scope of the lab.

Required selection criteria

Postdoctoral fellow:

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 psychology, neuroscience, biomedical sciences, or related fields 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.


  1. A PhD in psychology, neuroscience, biomedical sciences, or related fields
  2. Expertise in design and analyses of fMRI data (preferably task-based fMRI data)
  3. Expertise in univariate analyses (e.g., SPM, FSL) and programming (e.g., R and Matlab)
  4. .Experience in multivariate analyses and network analyses
  5. Excellent academic record with scientific publication in relevant fields


  1. Experience in machine learning
  2. Experience in analyzing large MRI dataset
  3. Familiarity with analyses of structural MRI data (volumetric and/or DTI analyses)
  4. Research experience with older adults’ population

Personal characteristics

  • Independent
  • Good communicator
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Highly motivated

We offer

Salary and conditions

Postdoctoral fellowship:

The employment period is 2-3 years 

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.

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 working environment in KISN provide great opportunities for ambitious postdocs to be able to design translational research and generate collaborative ideas across disciplines. The newly established centre, K. G. Jebsen Centre for Alzheimer’s Disease, provides a great platform for postdocs who would like to gain clinical experiences!

Employees have access to cutting-edge science and infrastructure across the KISN and NTNU. Additionally, we provide opportunities for postdocs to attend workshops and conferences in the field of imaging, neuroscience, and aging. We also encourage postdocs to upskill themselves with interpersonal skills crucial for next stages of career’s path. These include effective collaboration and communication, public speaking, preparation for job interviews, management skills, and translation of research for industrial settings. 

Please submit the following documents to Maryam Ziaei if you are interested to apply for this position:

  • A statement of interest including your research plan
  • Your resume including your under-preparation publications
  • Two first authored papers (published or in press)
  • The name of two referees who are familiar with your science and communication background

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 Dr. Maryam Ziaei, email /

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact 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: 31.01.2022

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 31st January 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience

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