Do you want to contribute to top quality research?

Your mission

The Brain, Body and Self Laboratory, lead by professor Henrik Ehrsson at the Department of Neuroscience, is now seeking a highly talented, innovative, and enthusiastic researcher with a Ph.D. awarded within the past three years in cognitive neuroscience or in a related discipline to work on the ERC project SELF-UNITY.

The project, which is initially ongoing for 2 years, focuses on neuroimaging experiments on the multisensory experience of one’s body as a whole using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and full-body illusion paradigms.

Our laboratory has expertise in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), electroencephalography, and behavioral approaches (including virtual reality technology). We have access to two state-of-the-art 3-Tesla MRI scanners and one MEG scanner at the Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University (SUBIC).

Your profile

Qualified to be employed as a postdoctor is one who has obtained a doctorate or has equivalent scientific competence. Applicants who have not completed a doctorate at the end of the application period may also apply, provided that all requirements for a completed degree are met before the (intended) date of employment. This must be substantiated by the applicant's main supervisor, director or equivalent.

The ideal candidate will have expertise in human fMRI neuroscience (preferably multivoxel pattern analyses) and experimental psychology (preferably perception science). Expertise in other imaging methods or psychophysics is a plus.  The candidate is expected to work mainly on the ERC SELF-UNITY project (for more information, please visit, but will also have the opportunity to develop their own ideas within the areas of body representation, sense of self, and embodiment. The candidate should independently design and carry out fMRI and behavioural studies on full-body illusion paradigms and write up good first drafts of scientific manuscripts.. Applicants should demonstrate a consistently excellent academic record, including publications in high-quality international scientific journals.

What do we offer?

Karolinska Institutet is one of the world's leading medical universities. Our vision is to pursue the development of knowledge about life and to promote better health for all. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct innovative medical research and provide the largest range of biomedical education in Sweden. Karolinska Institutet is a state university, which entitles employees to several benefits such as extended holiday and a generous occupational pension. Employees also have free access to our modern gym and receive reimbursements for medical care.


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

  • A complete resumé, including date of the thesis defence, title of the thesis, previous academic positions, academic title, current position, academic distinctions, and committee work
  • A complete list of publications
  • A summary of current work (no more than one page)

Welcome to apply at the latest 2021-01-16.

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

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment upon agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-5082/2021
  • Henrik Ehrsson, professor,
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Magnus Anå, OFR,
  • Björn Meister, SACO,
Published 19.Nov.2021
Last application date 16.Jan.2022 11:59 PM CET

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