Postdoctoral Position in Neuroimaging

Trondheim, Norway
19 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
22 Apr 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

There is a temporary position available at the Department of Psychology as postdoctoral fellow in multimodal neuroimaging for a period of 2 years, without teaching duties. The position as postdoctoral fellow is a fixed-term position with the primary goal of qualifying for work in professional academic chair positions.

The Department of Psychology currently has approximately 110 employees and 1100 students. The Department holds a large and diverse research community covering a variety of disciplines within psychology, and offers studies at the bachelor-, master- and PhD level in addition to a study programme in clinical psychology. The Department also has three outpatient clinics that offer outpatient treatment as part of the educational programme in clinical psychology. In addition, the Department participates in extensive local, national and international research collaborations. Our research ambition is to be internationally and nationally leading in various disciplines of psychology.

The postdoctoral fellow will work at the Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory (CNL) at the Department of Psychology, headed by Associate professor Alexander Olsen. CNL focuses on investigating the consequences of brain injury and disease as well as the effects of treatment and neurorehabilitation by combining advanced neuroimaging and brain stimulation techniques with wearable sensor technologies, neurocognitive assessments, and clinical measures.

The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for organizing and analysing existing and new functional and structural MRI datasets from CNL projects, as well as writing scientific papers based on this material. 

The postdoctoral fellow will have a key role in our research activities linked to the ENIGMA Brain Injury working group. ENIGMA is a framework with harmonized protocols for data processing and analysis across multiple sites and cohorts. Within the ENIGMA Brain Injury working group there are subgroups based on patient population and injury circumstances: Military Brain Injury (led by David Tate and Elisabeth Wilde), Pediatric Moderate/Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (msTBI) (led by Emily Dennis, Karen Caeyenberghs, and Elisabeth Wilde), Sports Concussion (led by David Baron and Inga Koerte), and the newly formed Adult Moderate/Severe TBI (led by Alexander Olsen and another researcher to be determined). Currently there are also several other new subgroups forming, making ENIGMA Brain Injury a large-scale and global effort.

The postdoctoral fellow will work in close collaboration with our world-wide partners, including the leader of ENIGMA Brain Injury, Emily Dennis, at the Imaging Genetics Center, University of Southern California. Duties will include occasional travel to recruit and coordinate with collaborators.


The requirement for the position is a completed Norwegian PhD, or a completed foreign PhD approved as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD. To be considered for the position, the defence of the PhD thesis must have been completed and approved within the application deadline. For this position, the candidate must have a PhD in neuroimaging, computer science, bioinformatics, medicine, neuroscience, psychology or equivalent. The candidate must have demonstrated strong skills in one or more areas of neuroimaging and/or other forms of advanced data analysis.

In the assessment of the candidates, the following qualifications will be emphasized:

  • Documented skills in programming (e.g. Matlab, Python, shell scripting etc.)
  • Previous experience with advanced analytic techniques (e.g. multivariate approaches, machine learning, graph theory etc.).
  • Prior experience in engaging with an international network
  • Strong theoretical and conceptual knowledge within clinical and/or cognitive neuroscience
  • Documented skills in writing manuscripts, and a strong publication track record within the relevant field.
  • Personal qualifications will be emphasized, and we prefer candidates who have excellent cooperation skills, the ability to carry out flexibility and motivation to contribute to a good work environment.
  • Recommendations/references.

Proficiency in oral and written English is required.

Employment will be activated in accordance to existing regulations of 31.01.2006 with NTNUs supplementary purviews of 17.06.2009.

Salary and Working Conditions

The position as Postdoctor (code 1352) is paid according to the national salary scheme 24, from gross NOK 490 900 per year, of which 2 % is deducted for the State Pension Scheme.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The employee is expected to accept possible changes in work tasks. Primary residency in Trondheim is a prerequisite.

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, disabilities or cultural background. NTNU is an inclusive workplace.


Applications should include:

  • A publication list
  • Relevant samples of publications (no more than five)
  • A motivation letter (up to three pages)
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation
  • A full CV with a complete list of publications, and authorized documentation of certificates and study records.

Joint work will be evaluated. If it is difficult to identify the contributions from individuals in a join piece of work, applicants should enclose a short descriptive summary of what he/she contributed to the work.

Please note that all documents should be translated in English or in a Scandinavian language.

Information about the applicants may be open to public inspection as provided by the Freedom of Information Act.

Further information about the position is available by contacting associate professor Alexander Olsen at the Department of Psychology, phone 91722824 and e-mail

For information about processing of applications, please contact HR, Erik Lunde, e-mail:

An application including attachments should be sent electronically through Documents submitted after the deadline will not be taken into account in the evaluation.

The reference number of the position is: SU-150

Application deadline: 22.04.2018

About this job

  • Deadline Sunday, April 22, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 149964
  • Internal ID 2018/7922
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Fixed Term

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