Postdoctoral position in Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging

The Department of Radiation Sciences is, in terms of research, a dynamic and internationally successful environment in radiology, oncology, cognitive neuroscience, radiation physics and bio-medical engineering. The department belongs to the Faculty of Medicine at Umeå University.

The Department of Radiation Sciences welcome applications for postdoctoral studies in cognitive neuroscience of aging. The position is for 2 years (with possibility to extension to maximum 3 years) full-time, starting as soon as possible upon agreement.

 Description of the project

We are announcing a full time postdoctoral position in the cognitive neuroscience of aging at the Department of Integrative Medical Biology (IMB) and Umeå center for Functional Brain Imaging (UFBI: www.ufbi.umu.se; director: Lars Nyberg). UFBI is an interdisciplinary research center where functional and structural brain imaging is used to address several basic science and clinical research questions. The research environment at UFBI is highly dynamic and stimulating, with a robust infrastructure including state-of-the-art scanning equipment and strong in-house expertise in statistics and neuroimaging analyses.

The successful candidate will work within the COBRA study that aims at studying associations between aging-related brain changes in relation to cognitive aging, with focus on the dopamine system, grey and white matter, cerebrovascular function, and activation patterns, (DOI: 10.1016/j.brainres.2014.09.010). The work is supervised by Nina Karalija and Lars Nyberg is mentor. The COBRA study is carried out in close collaboration with colleagues at the Karolinska Institute, University of Gothenburg, and the Max Planck Institute in Berlin.

Work responsibilities

The assignment consists of:-analyzing brain imaging data from PET and MRI that has been collected at three timepoints for the same cohort (baseline, 5-year and 10-year follow-up, where the 10-year assessment is currently ongoing)-analyzing cognitive data (episodic memory, working memory, perceptual speed) from computerized tests; and performance change over time- perform statistical analyzes, e.g. regression analyses, group comparisons, structural equation models, to study brain-cognition associations-writing scientific articles and presenting findings at scientific meetings

Eligibility

A person who has been awarded a doctorate or a foreign qualification deemed to be the equivalent of a doctorate in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, or medical science is eligible for appointment as postdoctoral researcher. This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time at which the appointment decision is made.  The applicant is expected to have good knowledge in neuro- and/or cognitive neuroscience, statistics, and scientific communication in English, both orally and in writing.

Additional useful qualifications

Since appointment as a postdoctoral researcher is a career-development position for junior researchers, we are primarily interested in applicants who completed their doctoral degree no more than three years before the application deadline. If there are special reasons, an applicant who has completed their degree earlier than that may be considered. Special reasons include absence due to illness, parental leave, clinical practice, appointments of trust for a trade union organisation or other similar circumstances, and for relevant duties/assignments within the subject area.The applicant must be able to work independently, have good analytical skills, and to be organized. Much focus will be given to the candidate’s potential collaborative skills with members of the research team and with colleagues at the department. Education within and experience of neuroscience, neurology, physiology, statistics, image analysis, and programming are not mandatory requirements but will be viewed favorably.

More information about the position

The appointment is a full-time, fixed-term position for 2 years (with possibility to extension to maximum 3 years) in accordance with the terms of contract for fixed-term employment as a postdoctoral researcher from 1 February 2022.

More information about the group’s research can be found on our websites:

https://www.umu.se/en/staff/nina-karalija/

https://www.umu.se/en/staff/lars-nyberg/

https://www.ufbi.umu.se/

For more information about the Department of Radiation Sciences, please visit our website

https://www.umu.se/en/department-of-radiation-sciences/

 Application

The application must include:

  • A brief description of your research interests and a statement describing why you are interested in the position.
  • CV
  • List of publications
  • Degree certificate from doctoral studies and other relevant degrees
  • Contact details of two reference persons

The application must be written in Swedish or English. The application must be made via our e-recruitment system Varbi and must be received latest 2023-01-31

Other information

Further information about the employment is provided by Nina Karalija, nina.karalija@umu.se

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