Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships in Neuroimaging, 1-2 positions University of Oslo, RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion

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.

 

RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion is financed through the Research Council of Norway’s Centre of Excellence Scheme. RITMO combines a broad spectrum of disciplines – from musicology, neuroscience and informatics – to study rhythm as a fundamental property of human cognition, behaviour and cultural expression. The Centre is organized under the Department of Musicology, in close collaboration with the Department of Psychology and the Department of Informatics.

 

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships in Neuroimaging, 1-2 positions

 

One or two Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships (SKO 1352) in Neuroimaging are available at RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion at the University of Oslo.

 

RITMO is a Centre of Excellence funded by the Research Council of Norway. This interdisciplinary centre focuses on rhythm as a structuring mechanism for the temporal dimensions of human life. Methods from musicology, psychology, neuroscience, and informatics are combined to study rhythm as a fundamental property that shapes and underpins human cognition, behavior and cultural expressions.

 

All RITMO researchers will be co-located and work in a unique interdisciplinary constellation, with world-leading competence in musicology, psychology and informatics. It is expected that all members of the center contribute to the general activities and collaborations within RITMO. The researchers have access to state-of-the-art facilities in sound/video recording, motion capture, eye tracking, physiological measurements, various types of brain imaging (EEG, fMRI), and rapid prototyping and robotics laboratories.

 

Job description

 

The postdoctoral fellow(s) will carry out research on the neural mechanisms and systems that support and enable rhythm perception and production in the human brain. Methodologically, the appointed candidate(s) will be involved in subprojects using scalp electroencephalography (EEG) and/or invasive electrocorticography (ECoG), or fMRI concurrent with cognitive experiments. High-density scalp EEG and fMRI will be recorded from healthy adults and from neurological patients with focal brain damage, whereas ECoG will be recorded from patients with medically refractory epilepsy undergoing intracranial electrophysiological monitoring for seizure detection prior to surgery. The ECoG studies are conducted in collaboration with the Department of Neurosurgery at Oslo University Hospital and the Department of Psychology/Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley (USA). fMRI will be done in collaboration with the Intervention Center at Oslo University Hospital. The project is part of a larger study aimed at understanding the functional and neural basis of prediction and rhythm perception in the human brain. The postdoctoral fellow(s) will be involved in all aspects of the research, but will have a particular responsibility for advanced analysis and modelling of EEG/ECoG or fMRI signals from humans. It is expected that the postdoctoral fellow(s) will work independently, but also participate in several of the different sub-projects of RITMO.

 

The appointment is for a period of 3 years, starting 15 August 2018. There might be a possibility to extend to 4 years depending on the qualifications of the recruited candidate, the department’s need for teaching and the centre’s need for lab assistants.

 

The successful candidate is expected to become part of the research environment/network of RITMO and contribute to its development. The main purpose of postdoctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

 

Qualifications/requirements

  • PhD in computational or cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, biomedical engineering, or related fields. The applicant is required to document that the degree corresponds to the profile for the post.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Matlab, Python, or a similar programming language is a prerequisite for the position
  • Experience with EEG and/or fMRI analysis tools, and expertise in brain network connectivity analyses, as well as experience with machine learning techniques, are particularly advantegous.
  • Excellent skills in written and oral English
  • The candidate's proposed research project must be closely connected to RITMO's research profile
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position

 

The doctoral dissertation must have been submitted for evaluation before the application deadline. A prerequisite for appointments is the successful completion of a doctoral degree. No one can be appointed for more than one specified postdoctoral period at the University of Oslo.

 

The following qualifications will count in the assessment of the applicants:

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on

  • the applicant's scientific merit, innovation, and research-related relevance to the objectives of RITMO
  • the applicant's estimated academic and personal ability to carry out his/her research within an allotted time frame and contribute to the research objectives of RITMO
  • very good co-operative skills, and the ability to successfully join in academic collaboration within and across disciplines.

 

We offer

  • salary NOK 490 900 – 569 000 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits
  • membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

 

Applicants must submit the following attachments with the electronic application, preferably in pdf format:

  • Application letter describing the applicant's qualifications and motivation for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae (somplete list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, including a complete list of publications with links to full version of published papers)
  • Research outline, including relevant research questions and theoretical and methodological approaches (approximately 2-3 pages, see template for research outline)
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

 

Diplomas, certificates, doctoral thesis and other academic works will be requested later.

 

Please note that all documents must be in English.

 

The short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview at the University of Oslo or we will arrange for a video-based interview.

 

See also Regulations concerning Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships.

 

Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, information about the applicant may be used in the public list of applicants even if the applicant opts out from the entry in the public application list.

 

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

 

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

 

Deadline: 31. January 2018

 

Contact persons:
Administrative Coordinator Anne Cathrine Wesnes
HR Officer Hilde Kristine Sletner


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