Postdoctoral fellowship in bioinformatics/neuroimaging – large-scale brain imaging in common brain disorders

Posted 3 months ago

The Division of Mental health and Addiction, Psychosis Research Unit, Oslo University Hospital and Centre of Excellence The Norwegian Centre for Mental Disorders Research (NORMENT) offer a three year postdoctoral fellowship position. The work can be conducted either in Oslo, Norway, or remotely from another country.

NORMENT runs a multicenter study involving hospital departments in Oslo and several research groups at the University of Oslo. The purpose of the programme is to study how biological/genetic, psychological and environmental factors contribute to mental and other brain disorders.

In the present project, we will employ novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based tools to investigate the structure of individual thalamic and brainstem nuclei in a large in-house multi-site sample of healthy controls (HCs; N>38,000) and participants with common brain disorders (N>5,900), including schizophrenia (SCZ; N>1,100) and bipolar disorders (BD; N>450). To determine how the thalamic and brainstem nuclei alterations affect cortical functioning, we will obtain electroencephalography (EEG)-based indices of cortical synaptic function and cortical oscillatory activity from patients and HCs with MRI (N>650). The overall goal of the study is to advance our understanding of 1) whether individual thalamic and brainstem nuclei are altered in common brain disorders, 2) how the nuclei alterations affect cortical functioning, and 3) if these alterations link to clinically relevant subgroups. The successful candidate will analyze and publish already collected MRI data. The present work builds upon our previously published studies of the brainstem (Elvsashagen, Kaufmann et al. Nature Communications 2020) and the thalamus (Elvsashagen, Kaufmann et al. Nature Communications 2021).

Requirements and Qualifications

– The applicant must hold a PhD degree in bioinformatics, neuroscience, or equivalent.

– The successful candidate should have experience from bioinformatics and/or neuroimaging-based research.

– Strong analytical and problem solving skills and attention to details are desirable.

– Personal skills will be emphasized. Especially, the candidate should be able to work independently and interactively in a team setting, be motivated and responsible, and also have a great work capacity and enthusiasm for research.

We offer

– An exciting research environment with a multidisciplinary profile and large opportunities for academic development

– Pay grade according to qualifications

– Favorable pension arrangements

– Attractive welfare arrangements


The application must include:

– Application letter

– CV (summarizing education, positions, scientific publications and other relevant activity)

– A complete list of any publications and academic work

– Copies of educational certificates and transcripts of records

– Contact details of 2 referees (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Any questions can be directed to PI Torbjorn Elvsashagen (; +4799155282).

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