Position title: Postdoctoral position (3 years) Description: A 3-year PhD position in developmental cognitive neuroscience and mental health research is available at Diakonhjemmet Hospital, Oslo, Norway, in close collaboration with the Norwegian Centre for Mental Disorders Research (NORMENT) and the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo (UiO), Norway. NORMENT (www.med.uio.no/norment/english) is a Norwegian Centre of Excellence aiming to disentangle the neurobiological, genetic, psychological and environmental factors contributing to the development of mental illness. Through our infrastructure for clinical evaluations, cognitive assessment, neuroimaging and biobanking we are assembling a large imaging genetics database comprising data from healthy controls and patients suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and other brain disorders. The position is financed by the South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority and tied to the research project “Errors in the Anxious Adolescent Brain”, lead by Professor Christian K. Tamnes (www.sv.uio.no/psi/english/people/aca/christk/index.html). The project is part of a larger project called BRAINMINT (www.sv.uio.no/psi/english/research/projects/brainmint/index.html). On an overarching level, we aim to improve our understanding of the role of neurocognitive development in adolescent mental health. The primary objectives of the project are to provide new knowledge about 1) Symptom networks and transdiagnostic subtypes of mental health problems in adolescence, 2) Differential brain functional mechanisms of mental disorders, with a focus on aspects of cognitive control and error processing, 3) How differences in brain structure and structural connectivity may underlie youth mental health problems, and 4) How the neural factors interact with genetic and early-life psychosocial risk and protective factors. We will collect and analyse behavioural, electroencephalography (EEG) and multimodal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data from both a large population-based sample and a heterogeneous clinical sample of adolescents. In addition to this new data-collection, we are working with several large-scale developmental datasets that include EEG, functional and structural MRI, and diffusion MRI. The project will help us understand the neurocognitive and ontogenetic foundations for mental health problems in adolescence. In addition to collaborators at Diakonhjemmet Hospital, NORMENT and the Department of Psychology, UiO, the project involves collaborators in the US, Canada and elsewhere, and the work may include a period abroad. The successful postdoc applicant will mainly focus on neuroimaging and statistical analyses and dissemination of results from both the to-be collected data and from large developmental neuroimaging databases (e.g. the ABCD Study, the Healthy Brain Network dataset). Methods of particular interest include for instance network analysis of symptoms and other variables, data-driven clustering, advanced neuroimaging analyses, for example EEG signal decomposition or diffusion MRI tractography, structural equation modelling, and longitudinal methods. The postdoc is also expected to help coordinate and indirectly support data collection, help train research assistants and PhD candidates, and support and collaborate with other members in the research group.
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Position category: Post-doctoral Students
Name of lab: Christian K. Tamnes, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo
Name of supervisor: Christian K. Tamnes, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo (<>)
Closing date: March 10 2021