Karolinska Institutet, Institutionen för klinisk neurovetenskap

The Department of Clinical Neuroscience (CNS) conducts research and education in the field of neuroscience from the molecular level to the society level. The clinical research and education is conducted in collaboration with Region Stockholm as well as other research groups from Karolinska Institutet and other universities.
Please visit our website for more information: ki.se/en/cns


The department of Clinical Neuroscience (CNS) is divided into 5 divisions where research and education is conducted within neuroscience, from the molecular to societal level. The department employs around 380 people and has over 200 registered PhD students.

The ongoing work within the department is highly integrated with clinical units at Karolinska University Hospital, S:t Erik’s eye hospital and Stockholm County Council. The department also collaborates with other research groups at Karolinska Institutet and other national, and international universities.

Our research group

We welcome applications for a Postdoc position in social and affective cognitive neuroscience in the research group headed by Dr. Andreas Olsson, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Division of Psychology, Karolinska Institutet.

The overarching goal of our research is to understand the mechanisms of emotional learning and regulation in social situations. In particular, we study the learning and regulation of fear and other aversions and how these processes interact with social cognition and decision-making to produce behavior.

For more info about our research, and recent publications, please see our web-site: www.emotionlab.se

The Olsson research group consists of one senior researcher, three post-docs, four PhD students, a lab-manager and several research assistants. The group’s lab facilities include three interconnected testing rooms fully equipped for behavioral and psychophysiological measures (wireless BIOPAC, SMI eye-trackers). A testing room equipped with virtual reality (VR) is under construction.

The group has full access to the imaging center which includes several research dedicated MR scanner (e.g. a 3T GE scanner). We are a member of a larger network of researchers with interest in cognitive and computational neuroscience, and expertise in fMRI, PET, MEG, TMS, and computational approaches. The Swedish National center for MEG (NatMEG) is located adjacent to our lab facilities.

We collaborate with several research groups in Europe and the United States.

Job description

The successful candidate will be a part of a productive and dynamic research environment and work on projects investigating emotional learning and social cognition with a focus on fMRI.

You will be involved in the design and implementation of experiments, as well as the analysis and dissemination of the results at conferences and in scientific journals. The position provides an excellent opportunity for transition to career independence, including faculty supervision and an individual development plan to support training goals.

The successful candidate will also serve as a resource to more junior lab members by sharing their knowledge. You will have the opportunity to supervise and train students and research assistants.

Selection criteria

Applicants should have a PhD in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, engineering, or a related field with a promising publication record. The candidate should have a strong quantitative background, and experience of design, implementation and analysis of behavioral and fMRI experiments.

We are particularly looking for someone with strong computational programming skills, including experience with R, Python, Matlab, etc. Strengths in statistical knowledge, and experience of advanced aspects of neuroimaging data analysis, including machine learning and multivariate analysis, are especially desirable.

Experience with learning theory and conditioning experiments is preferred. The ability to work well within a team and display high interpersonal skills is also important, because a large part of the research will be carried out in cooperation with other lab members.

Excellent oral and written English language skills are required.

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

  1. A complete curriculum vitae, including date of the thesis defence, title of the thesis, previous academic positions, academic title, current position, academic distinctions, and committee work
  2. A complete list of publications
  3. A summary of current work (no more than one page)
  4. Verifications for crediting of illness, military service, work for labour unions or student organisations, parental leave or similar circumstances

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 Enligt överenskommelse
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-5875/2017
  • Sandra Mathisen, personaladministratör, 08-524 830 45
  • Andreas Olsson, Lektor , 08-524 824 59
Union representative
  • Arsalan Amir, SACO, 08 - 517 733 37, arsalan.amir@ki.se
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
  • Venus Azhary, OFR, 0707-124 127
Published 15.Dec.2017
Last application date 02.Feb.2018 11:59 PM CET

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