Karolinska Institutet, Institutionen för neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle, Aging Research Center, ARC

The Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS) conducts world leading research in aging, dementia, epidemiology and care sciences. This research extends from basic molecular and cell levels to clinical research and societal studies. NVS educates almost a third of KI students at basic and advanced levels. The Department has approximately 450 employees and a revenue 2017 of 470 million SEK. It comprises eight divisions, located at Campus Flemingsberg and Campus Solna.

Aging Research Center (ARC; http://ki-su-arc.se/) is one of the divisions at the NVS Department, but is located close to 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). In the psychology sector of the center, we chart the brain correlates of cognitive aging and seek to understand how genetic factors and experience shape development of brain and cognition in adulthood and old age. We approach these research questions with small-scale neuroimaging studies, larger-scale intervention (e.g., training) studies, and large-scale population-based longitudinal studies. Typical methods include psychometrics, experimental methods from cognitive psychology, functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and positron emission tomography (PET). We are now looking for an Assistant Professor in cognitive neuroscience, with special focus on longitudinal cognitive training studies, transcranial direct current stimulation, and physical exercise.

The assistant professor is expected to take a leading role in further developing our research agenda on cognitive and neural plasticity, using larger-scale intervention (e.g., training) studies in older adults that investigate how the effects of cognitive training on cognitive performance in older age can be amplified by transiently, through means such as physical activity and brain stimulation, enhancing plasticity of the older brain during training. This work includes taking a leading role in designing studies, heading data collections, and analyzing and reporting results.

Entry requirements
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 the 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, but also project management skills relevant for scientifically heading complex large-scale data collections that involve repeated assessment of older adults over longer time periods. We are searching for a researcher with a strong background in work on cognitive plasticity and the cognitive neurosciences of aging. Proven skills in designing cognitive training interventions, in using structural equation modelling to analyze data from longitudinal studies, and in transcranial direct current stimulation will be required. Skills in analyzing functional neuroimaging data will be valued. Experience with physical training interventions and the combination of cognitive training with pharmacology in clinical trials of older adults will also be valued. The candidate must be thorough, efficient, a proficient communicator in English, and possess excellent scientific project management skills.

Application process
The applications should include this and only this: a CV of max 2 pages, a description of your previous work in relation to the duties and bases of assessment described above (max 1-page), a list of three references with e-mail and phone information, and a complete publication list. If particularly important manuscripts relevant for this call are not yet published, you may list these manuscripts under a separate heading in the publication list and you may also submit the corresponding manuscripts. Any other documents uploaded will not be considered

The application is to be submitted through the Varbi 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 Visstidsanställning längre än 6 månader
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Solna
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-691/2018
  • Martin Lövdén, professor, 070-0011735
  • Johan Fritzell, sektionschef/director, 08-6906864
  • Maria Axelsson, personalhandläggare, 08-52488296
Union representative
  • Carina Dahlin, OFR , 08-524 836 92
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
  • Agneta Öhlen, SACO, 08-524 837 53, Agneta.Ohlen@ki.se
Published 08.Mar.2018
Last application date 29.Mar.2018 11:59 PM CET

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