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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 other research groups from the Karolinska Institutet, with other universities as well as the Stockholm County Council.
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Psychiatric disorders affect significant proportions of the population, and are among the greatest challenges facing public and personal health today. The research group’s focus aims to reach a better understanding of neurobiological characteristics and mechanisms underlying psychiatric disorders. The ultimate goal is to improve treatment outcomes and quality of life of individuals suffering from psychiatric disorders. In the St. Göran Project, we use multimodal and interdisciplinary research tools, such as neuroimaging, neuropsychological testing, analyses of cerebrospinal fluid, and other biological assessments in a longitudinal study design of patients with bipolar disorder, ADHD, and schizophrenia. One important focus of our work is disease progression. The research group comprises clinical psychiatrists, psychologists, neurochemistry researchers, statisticians and epidemiologists.

An important focus will be disease progression in bipolar disorder and the analysis of longitudinal neuroimaging (MRI) data. Over the course of the appointment, the successful applicant will generate novel data, using state-of-the-art processing tools, that she/he will subsequently analyze, interpret and communicate. The application of novel methods will also be encouraged. Other responsibilities may include MRI data acquisition, and the organization, handling, and quality control of MRI data, as well as project monitoring. This position involves multidisciplinary collaborations with colleagues within the St. Göran Project (research nurses, data administrators, researchers), other research groups, as well as larger international consortia. The group also researches gender identity disorders and issues related to sexual orientation, and sexual risk behaviors and collaborates with endocrinologists and behavioral scientists and sexologists. The applicant will also be encouraged to address and design her/his own related research questions and experiments. Independence is expected throughout the project. Candidates will be encouraged to serve as mentors for exam students and (co-)supervisors for Ph.D. students, thus building their experience for future leadership.

Entry requirements
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in the field of neuroscience, biology, physics, mathematics or related fields of natural sciences. Applicants must demonstrate a strong background in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods and techniques in theory and practice, including data acquisition, processing, and analysis approaches. Experience in the fields of neuroimaging of psychiatric disorders with a focus on bipolar disorders is required. Additional experience in fields related to other psychiatric disorders, and/or pathological/risk behaviors, compulsive/addictive behaviors, sexual orientation and gender identity disorders are highly desirable. The applicants must have at least 4 years of previous postdoctoral work experience, and experience from working with large clinical data sets and databases. Knowledge of different statistical methods is key, including the analysis of longitudinal neuroimaging data. Applicants should show a strong publication record, and will have presented their previous work at international conferences/meetings. Ideal applicants will have international work experience, and an established scientific network in form of national/international collaborations. Since the position also requires collaborations with many colleagues, other research groups and larger consortia, excellent social skills and a strong team spirit are essential. Being fluent in the English language is a requirement.

Supervision, mentoring and/or teaching experiences in academic and clinical environments are desirable, but not a must. Programming skills are of further advantage.

A person is eligible to be appointed Assistant professor if he or she has been awarded a Degree of Doctor or has achieved the corresponding scientific competence. The persons appointed should primarily be ones who have been granted a Degree of Doctor or have reached the corresponding competence no more than seven years before the end of the application period.

Bases of assessment
We stress scientific expertise when assessing applicants.

Application process
An application must contain the following documents in English or Swedish: Curriculum vitae, qualifications and description of planned research, presented in accordance with Karolinska Institutet’s qualifications portfolio (http://ki.se/qualificationsportfolio). 

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

An Assistant professor position is a fixed-term position. The first employment should be two years, with a possible extension of two years after evaluation.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-886/2017
  • Mikael Landen, senior researcher, 08-524 860 56
  • Kajsa Agnevik, HR administrator, 08-524 832 82
Union representative
  • Arsalan Amir, SACO, 08 - 517 733 37, arsalan.amir@ki.se
  • Gunnel Brolin, OFR, 08-524 810 63, gunnel.brolin@ki.se
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, 08-524 840 80, henry.wolling@ki.se
Published 10.Mar.2017
Last application date 23.Mar.2017 11:59 PM CET

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