Postdoctoral Fellow in Language and Olfaction

Stockholm (SE)
21 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
31 May 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Postdoctoral Fellow in Language and Olfaction

Ref. No. SU FV-0954-17

at the Department of Psychology.

The Department of Psychology is a part of the Faculty for Social Sciences and is one of the largest departments at Stockholm University. Our courses span all levels from undergraduate to PhD and the department comprises over 160 members of staff. The department is divided into six research areas, including the Division of Perception and Psychophysics, which is also called the Gösta Ekman Laboratory. The postdoctoral position is part of a research grant from the Swedish Foundation for the Humanities and Social Sciences to the research program ”Our unique sense of smell”.

Project description

The research program “Our unique sense of smell” aims to explain how olfactory function is associated with cognitive language functions, with a particular emphasis on how language interactions may differ across sensory systems (e.g. in the naming and identification of sensory objects). The research is mainly accomplished through experimental psychological research using collection and analysis of quantitative behavioral and neuroimaging data. Another method of relevance for the project is computational analysis of semantic relationships in text.

Main responsibilities

The postdoc will conduct research on olfaction and its relationship with language functions on a behavioral and cortical level. Over the course of the postdoctoral appointment, the candidate will plan research, collect and analyze data, and write and publish research articles together with project collaborators. Within the project, international collaborations are encouraged, and the postdoc is expected to present their work at national and international research conferences.

Qualification requirements

Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are eligible for a position as postdoctoral fellow if he or she has a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country in psychology, linguistics, cognitive science, neuroscience, statistics, or a related discipline.

Assessment criteria

The degree should have been completed no more than three years before the deadline for applications. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances, which may involve sick leave, parental leave, clinical attachment, elected positions in trade unions, or similar.

In the appointment process, particular weight will be given to research proficiency. Candidates should be analytically and statistically proficient, be skilled in scientific writing and communication, and excellent English language skills are required. The candidate should be flexible, communicative and collaborative. Independence and strong motivation are expected throughout the project. It is considered favorable if the candidate has documented experience in the field of olfaction, memory and language, experimental psychological research methods and neuroimaging techniques (fMRI and/or EEG).

Terms of employment

The position involves full-time employment for a maximum of two years, a competitive salary and excellent fringe benefits. Start date as per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.


Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of Department, Professor Håkan Fischer, telephone: +46 8 16 23 57,, or the project leader, Associate Professor Jonas Olofsson, telephone: +46 8 16 39 37,

Union representatives

Anqi Lindblom-Ahlm (Saco-S) and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST and Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), and (SEKO).


Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system by clicking the "Apply" button. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    • why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    • why and how you wish to complete the project
    • what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 31/05/2017