Do you want to contribute to better health for all?

The Mechanisms of Social Behavior group at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden is seeking up to two highly qualified postdoctoral researchers to join our team. Led by Björn Lindström and funded by the European Research Council and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, we are developing a new framework for understanding the psychological, neural, and computational mechanisms of social learning, social transmission and cultural evolution.

Our interdisciplinary, multi-methods approach combines behavioral experiments, computational (RL/cognitive) modelling and multi-agent simulations, brain imaging (fMRI), social networks, and analyses of online data. We offer a dynamic, international research environment where you can contribute to cutting edge research at the highest international level. The position is for a limited period of 2 years (with the possibility of extension). 

Your mission

As a postdoctoral fellow in the group, you will lead new projects that aim to uncover the mechanisms underlying human social learning, and how these mechanisms contribute to collective, societal-level outcomes (e.g., spread of false news, cultural evolution).

In this role, you will work at the forefront of research in this field, developing novel empirical and computational models to understand social learning. You will have the opportunity to develop your own research ideas within the areas of social learning and cultural evolution. Your responsibilities will include the design and implementation of experiments (in person and/or online), development/analysis of computational models, data analysis, and dissemination of the results

We have access to state-of-the-art 3-Tesla MRI scanners at the Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University Brain Imaging Center (SUBIC).

As a postdoctoral fellow, you will be part of a successful and well-funded research group, surrounded by senior and junior researchers. Our research group collaborates with other groups at the department and a number of prominent research groups around the world, providing opportunities for international exchanges.

Your profile

To be eligible for employment as a postdoctor a doctoral degree or a foreign degree deemed to be equivalent to a doctoral degree is required. This eligibility requirement must be fulfilled at the latest at the time of the employment decision. It is considered as an advantage if you have completed your doctoral degree within the last three years, if there are special reasons, your degree may have been completed earlier.

We are looking for a talented, innovative, and enthusiastic researcher with a PhD in a relevant research field (such as psychology, neuroscience, computational social science, computer science, biology or a related field). The ideal candidate will have a strong background in some combination of the following skills and methods: experimental design, programming (e.g., in R, Python, Matlab), data analysis, computational modeling, machine learning, brain-imaging (fMRI), (deep) reinforcement learning, social network analysis, and agent-based modeling.

Previous research experience on social learning and/or (human) reinforcement learning is a plus, but not required. Excellent academic merits, including publications in high-quality international scientific journals, is required. Fluency in English is also a requirement.

Personal skills and suitability will be considered when filling the position. We encourage talented researchers with a passion for social learning and cultural evolution to apply.

What do we offer?

A creative and inspiring environment with wide-ranging expertise and interests. Karolinska Institutet is one of the world's leading medical universities. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct successful medical research and hold the largest range of medical education in Sweden. At KI, you get to meet researchers working with a wide range of specialisms and methods, giving you ample opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience with the various scientific fields within medicine and health. It is the crossover collaborations, which have pushed KI to where it is today, at the forefront of global research. Several of the people you meet in healthcare are educated at KI. A close relationship with the health care providers is important for creating groundbreaking top quality education and research. Karolinska Institutet is also a state university, which entitles you to several benefits through our collective agreement.

Location: Solna

Read more about the Department of Clinical Neuroscience  
European Research Council 
Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation 


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 February 1st 2023. 

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


Want to make a difference? Join us and contribute to better health for all!

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 Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-5121/2022
  • Lisa Rister, HR-partner, 08-52483287,
  • Björn Lindström, Senior Researcher,
Union representative
  • Venus Azhary, OFR, 0707-124127
  • Arsalan Amir, SACO, 0704831165
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-52484080
Published 19.Dec.2022
Last application date 01.Feb.2023 11:59 PM CET

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