Karolinska Institutet, Department of Clinical Neuroscience

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.
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The department of Clinical Neuroscience (CNS) is divided into 5 divisions. The department has around 400 employes and over 200 registered PhD students. At the Division of Psychology, we're conducting research at the intersection between psychology and biomedicine at Karolinska Institutet and the Karolinska University Hospital. Currently, there are fifteen different research groups at the divsion.

Specifically, this project will involve collaboration with the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, NVS (see below).

Two research groups

We welcome applications for a Postdoc position in decision-making and social cognitive neuroscience to work together with Andreas Olsson (Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Division of Psychology, Karolinska Institutet) and Marc Guitart-Masip (Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Division of Aging Research Center, Karolinska Institutet). The overarching goal of the research project is to understand how controllability in aversive contexts affects emotion and decision-making at the behavioral and neural level. For more info about our research, and recent publications, please see our web-site: www.emotionlab.se and https://ki-su-arc.se/about-us/faculty-and-staff/marc-guitart-masip-2/.

The Olsson research group consists of one senior researcher, four 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.

Marc Guitart-Masip is an associate researcher at the Psychology sector of the Aging Research Center where he supervises a PhD student and a senior researcher. Aging Research Center (ARC; http://ki-su-arc.se/) is one of the divisions at the NVS Department, but is located at the KI Campus-Nord in Stockholm. The Aging Research Center is a multidisciplinary academic environment, representing psychology, sociology, and various branches of medicine (e.g., neurology, epidemiology, and psychiatry).

We have 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.


The successful candidate will be a part of a productive and dynamic research environment and work on a project investigating emotional learning and decision-making in aversive context with varying degree of controllability using computational modelling of behavioral data and fMRI. You will also work on extensions of this and similar paradigms into the social domain. 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.

Entry requirements

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.

Qualified to be employed as a postdoctor is one who has obtained a doctorate or has equivalent scientific competence.

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)

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

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-1935/2019
  • Julia Martinez Palm, personnel administrator, 08-524 832 40, julia.martinez.palm@ki.se
  • Andreas Olsson, Research team leader, andreas.olsson@ki.se
Union representative
  • Venus Azhary, OFR, 0707-124 127
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80
  • Arsalan Amir, SACO, 08 - 517 733 37
Published 26.Mar.2019
Last application date 06.May.2019 11:59 PM CEST

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