Karolinska Institutet, Institutionen för neurovetenskap, Ehrsson

The Department of Neuroscience includes several research groups working on different aspects of nervous system function, both under normal conditions and in various disease states. Research projects include a broad range of studies on the molecular and cellular levels, networks of neurons, and the organization of the nervous system as a whole. The Department has a flat organization with 40 research group leaders, of which 24 are full professors, and 65 PhD students.

Teaching represents a fundamental activity at the Department, which participates in several undergraduate courses and postgraduate education programs. Each year approximately 15 students receive their PhD from our Department and many of our graduates have gone onto distinguished careers in the academic or private sector.

The Brain, Body and Self Laboratory (Group Ehrsson) use neuroimaging and behavioral methods to
study how we come to experience our own body as an object distinct from the environment. Our aim is to characterize the perceptual rules and brain mechanisms whereby a central representation of one's own body is constructed by the integration of signals from the different sensory modalities (e.g., vision, touch, and proprioception). We also investigate how the central body representation influences how we think, feel and remember ourselves, and how the external world looks to us.


The main responsibility of the coordinator/assistant is to support the professor Henrik Ehrsson in his administrative and research-related activities. The position has two main duties, which each corresponds to approximately 50% of the position. The first is to assist professor Ehrsson in his administrative and managerial duties as director of the Brain, Body and Self laboratory. This includes various task such as assisting with handling invoices and orders, arranging lab visits for job applicants and foreign researchers, drafting of ethical applications (in Swedish) together with members of the group, preparing documents for procurements, organizing data for long-term archiving, manage the web site and social medial platforms,  etc. The second duty is to assist prof Ehrsson in conducting behavioral and brain imaging studies on body perception. This includes experiments on the rubber hand illusion and various full-body illusion paradigms. The methods include questionnaires, psychophysiological recordings (SCR, EMG), virtual reality technology, various sensory stimulation systems and functional magnetic resonance imaging. The assistant will collect data and perform data preprocessing and analyses.  

Entry requirements

The applicant must master the Swedish language excellently, speak and write English well, have an interest in psychological and/or medical research, and have a certain degree of technical knowledge. We welcome applicants with background in psychology, neuroscience, biomedicine, medical engineering or cognitive science, preferably with experience of psychology experiments and an interest in experimental research and functional brain imaging. Programming skills are an advantage. The applicant must be a good team player with excellent social skills, but also able to work independently. In the role as a coordinator the applicant must have excellent organizational and administrative skills, be accurate, conscientious and flexible, and have the ability to work under deadlines as well as being able to multitask.

Application process

The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system no later than August 18th. At Karolinska Institutet a 6-month trial period is required for all permanent appointments.

Karolinska Institutet is one of the world’s leading medical universities. Its vision is to significantly contribute to the improvement of human health. Karolinska Institutet accounts for the single largest share of all academic medical research conducted in Sweden and offers the country’s broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences. The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet selects the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine.
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Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-2380/2019
  • Henrik Ehrsson, 08-52487231
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80
  • Magnus Anå, OFR, 08-524 864 37, magnus.ana@ki.se
  • Biborka Bereczky Veress, SACO, 46 70-173 85 75
Published 24.Apr.2019
Last application date 18.Aug.2019 11:59 PM CET

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