PhD Research Fellow

PhD Research Fellow

Faculty of Social Sciences

Department of Psychology

Section for Cognitive and Clinical neuroscience

Job description

Applications are invited for a PhD fellowship at the Section for Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo. The fellowship is for a period of 3 years. A 4th year can be considered with the addition of 25% teaching and administrative duties, depending on the competence of the applicant and the needs of the department. The research fellow must take part in the department’s PhD program and is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period.

The position is linked to the Norwegian Centre for Mental Disorders Research (NORMENT) and builds on a close collaboration with the K.G. Jebsen Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Oslo University Hospital. The candidate will be affiliated with the NORMENT Multimodal Imaging group.

The project aims to increase our understanding of clinical characteristics and brain development in children and adolescents with mental disorders. We will combine clinical characterization, brain imaging, cognitive tests, genetics and biomarkers. The candidate will be directly involved in data collection, including study coordination, clinical characterization and interviews, and brain imaging. The recruitment and clinical interviews will be performed in collaboration with Oslo University Hospital, and the candidate is expected to contribute to the clinical research activities at children and youth out- or in-patient clinics at the Department of Mental Health and Addiction. The position is an excellent opportunity for candidates who wish to pursue a combined research and clinical career in mental health care.

Qualification requirements and personal skills

  • The candidate must be qualified for admission to the PhD program at the Faculty of Social Science, University of Oslo (
  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a MA/MSc level degree in psychology, medicine, cognitive neuroscience, or other relevant fields. Average grade on the master’s degree that are A or B. Candidates with an average grade C on the
    master’s degree can be assessed individually upon application.Candidates with a Norwegian authorization as clinical psychologist or physician will be preferred due to the clinical assessments. Candidates who will complete their degree within the starting date will be considered.
  • Previous experience with research methods and statistics is a benefit. Acquiring the necessary skills is required.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in Norwegian and English are required
  • Previous experience with clinical characterization of children and adolescents is an advantage
  • Excellent communication and collaborative skills (team player) is required.
  • Some work during evenings and weekends is expected.

We offer

  • A salary of NOK 501 200 – 544 400 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow, (position code 1017)
  • Attractive welfare benefits including excellent benefits for families (kindergarten, paid paternal/maternal leave etc) and a generous pension agreement. In addition, Oslo offers a family-friendly environment with rich opportunities for cultural and outdoor activities in its immediate surroundings.
  • Starting date: Negotiable (late 2022 or early 2023 expected)

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Cover letter (brief summary of motivation and research interests, career plan).
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, relevant experience).
  • Relevant educational certificates and transcripts of records
  • List of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)
  • List of publications, if any (including preprints with valid links). Publications should not be submitted along with the initial application.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on academic qualifications, the candidate’s motivation, and personal suitability. Interviews will be performed as part of the selection process.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

Contact information

  • Professor Lars T. Westlye,
  • Professor Christian K. Tamnes,
  • HR Advisor Kamila Cholti,

About the University of Oslo 

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Department of Psychology is one of seven units of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and has 75 permanent and 70 temporary members of scientific staff. Degrees are offered at bachelor and master level, plus a clinical training programme, and the PhD programme has 140 students.

Deadline: 14 August 2022
Unit: The Department of Psychology
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