Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

The Mechanisms of Social Behavior lab at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden is seeking one highly qualified postdoctoral researcher 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, development/analysis of computational models, data analysis, and writing scientific articles. We have access to state-of-the-art 3-Tesla MRI scanners at 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

We are looking for a talented, innovative, and enthusiastic researcher with a PhD in psychology or cognitive science. The candidate will have documented experience in social learning research (ideally with expertise related to the spread of prejudice), online experiments, and analysis of experimental data using reinforcement learning models. Excellent academic merits, including publications in high-quality international scientific journals, and being fluent in English is required. Personal skills and suitability will be considered when filling the position.

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.

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.


Read more about the Department of Clinical Neuroscience

Read more about the research group that you will be a part of


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 22nd, 2024

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


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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 2-644/2024
  • Björn Lindström, Principal Researcher,
  • Lisa Rister Walker, HR-partner, 08-52480000
Union representative
  • Arsalan Amir, SACO, 0704831165
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Venus Azhary, OFR, 0707-124127
Published 08.Feb.2024
Last application date 22.Feb.2024 11:59 PM CET

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