Postdoctoral Researcher in Cognitive Neuroscience

Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Aging Research Center, ARC

The Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS) conducts world leading research in aging, dementia, epidemiology and care sciences. This research extends from basic molecular and cell levels to clinical research and societal studies. NVS educates almost a third of KI students at basic and advanced levels. The Department has approximately 450 employees and a revenue 2017 of 470 million SEK. It comprises eight divisions, located at Campus Flemingsberg and Campus Solna.

The Aging Research Center is a multidisciplinary academic environment, representing psychology, sociology, and various branches of medicine (e.g., neurology, epidemiology, and psychiatry). In the psychology sector of the center, we chart the brain correlates of cognitive aging and seek to understand how genetic factors and experience shape development of brain and cognition in adulthood and older age. We approach these research questions with small-scale experimental neuroimaging studies, larger-scale intervention (e.g., training) studies, and large-scale population-based longitudinal studies. Typical methods include psychometric measurements, experimental methods from cognitive psychology, functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and positron emission tomography (PET).

A 2-year postdoc position is available in the research group on behavioral and brain plasticity led by Professor Martin Lövdén. The postdoc is expected to take a leading role in analyzing and reporting behavioral and MRI (structural and functional) data already collected in several projects investigating (1) effects of cognitive and physical training on cognitive performance and the brain and (2) braincorrelates of fluid intelligence. Developing own research questions within this context is encouraged.

Entry requirements
A person is eligible for a position as postdoctoral research fellow if he or she has obtained a PhD no more than seven years before the last date of employment as postdoc.
We are searching for an outstanding early career researcher with an interest in cognitive neuroscience, specifically plasticity and intelligence. The applicant must have a doctoral degree. A background in cognitive neuroscience is a strong merit. Documented experience with functional and structural neuroimaging methods is fundamental, with skills in analyzing structural and functional MRI being most relevant. An early track record of international publications is meritorious, and especially high regarded if they report analyses of MRI data. Advanced statistical and programming skills will also be valued. The candidate must be thorough, efficient, a proficient communicator in English, and enjoy working in an international and dynamic team.

Application process
An employment application must contain the following documents in English or Swedish:

  1. A complete curriculum vitae, including date of the thesis defense, title of the thesis, previous academic positions, academic title, current position, academic distinctions, and committee work
  2. A complete list of publications
  3. A summary of current work (no more than two pages)
  4. Verifications for crediting of illness, military service, work for labor unions or student organizations, parental leave or similar circumstances
  5. Verification from the thesis defense committee or the equivalent (only if the thesis defense is scheduled within three months after the application deadline)

The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system. Karolinska Institutet is one of the world’s leading medical universities. Its vision is to significantly contribute to the improvement of human health. Karolinska Institutet accounts for the single largest share of all academic medical research conducted in Sweden and offers the country’s broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences. The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet selects the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.
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Type of employmentTemporary position longer than 6 months
Contract typeFull time
First day of employmentAccording to agreement
SalaryMonthly salary
Number of positions1
Working hoursFulltime
CountyStockholms län
Reference number2-691/2019
ContactMartin Lövdén, professor, +468-524 858 28, martin.lovden@ki.seMaria Axelsson, HR officer,
Union representativeHenry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.seCarina Eklund, OFR, 08-585 826 65,

Last application date07.Mar.2019 11:59 PM CET

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Post expires on Thursday March 7th, 2019