Karolinska Institutet, Department of NVS, Aging research center

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 2018 of 490 million SEK. It comprises seven divisions, located at Campus Flemingsberg and Campus Solna.

The division of the Aging Research Center (ARC) within NVS is a multidisciplinary academic environment, representing psychology, sociology, and various branches of medicine (e.g., neurology, epidemiology, psychiatry, geriatrics). Major research foci in the psychology section at ARC concern (a) sources of individual differences in cognitive functioning among older adults; (b) the neural underpinnings of age-related differences in cognition, as assessed using structural and functional MRI; (c) PET research on the role of dopamine functions in cognitive aging; and (d) intervention research examining cognitive and brain plasticity in old age. The present post is based on the Cognition, Brain, and Aging (COBRA) project, in which data collection takes place at Umeå University. COBRA examines the relationship of the neurotransmitter dopamine (DA) and other brain parameters (i.e., grey- and white matter volumes, white-matter microstructure, functional activation patterns during rest and task performance, perfusion) to cognitive performance and change in aging, with a chief focus on longitudinal trajectories of DA availability and how those map onto corresponding cognitive paths.

A major task for incumbent will be to contribute to the research activities within COBRA, conceptually as well as methodologically. In addition, there are possibilities to initiate individual research projects, based on the incumbent´s interests.

Entry requirements
A person is eligible to be appointed as a post doc if he or she has been awarded a doctoral degree or has achieved the corresponding scientific competence. A strong track record in terms of publications, as well as research experience regarding different brain imaging modalities is required. In particular, documented skills in integrating MRI data (e.g., functional connectivity, white-matter microstructure) and PET data (i.e., dopamine binding) as they relate to cognition is desirable.

Application process
An application must contain the following documents in English: Curriculum vitae, qualifications and description of planned research, presented in accordance with Karolinska Institutet’s qualifications portfolio (http://ki.se/qualificationsportfolio).

The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-4304/2019
  • Lars Bäckman, lars.backman.1@ki.se, +46 79-0682114
  • Maria Axelsson, +46(8)-524 882 96
Union representative
  • Carina Eklund, OFR, 08-585 826 65
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80
  • Biborka Bereczky Veress, SACO, 46 70-173 85 75
Published 27.Aug.2019
Last application date 17.Sep.2019 11:59 PM CET

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