Researcher in Psychoneuroendocrinology

Uppsala University Department of Neuroscience

Researcher in Psychoneuroendocrinology

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Description: The position is placed in the research group Neuropsychopharmacology at the Department of Neuroscience. More information about the Department and its’ activities are available at and

Duties: We are looking for a highly motivated candidate interested in pursuing research within the field of psychoneuroendocrinology. Sex differences and gonadal hormone effects in psychiatry have been abundantly reported, if evaluated, but their psychoneuroendocrine underpinnings remain largely unknown, thus impeding the development of sex-specific treatments. Ongoing studies of the group aim to make a major headway in understanding the psychobiology of women’s behavior and mental health. By employing genetic, endocrine, pharmacological, neurophysiological and neuroimaging measures, we aim to characterize diagnosis- and treatment-related biomarkers of sex-specific disorders.

The researcher will analyze data collected using state-of-the-art neuroimaging techniques (i.e. fMRI, rsMRI, DTI, MR, PET) available at Uppsala University. This, in combination with validated psychological and molecular biology methods, gold standard clinical procedures, hypothesis-free approaches and longitudinal designs, will contribute to develop a nosology of sex-specific psychiatric disorders informed by disease neurobiology. Specifically, the researcher will investigate brain structure and function of healthy subjects as well as psychiatric patients, with a special focus on women´s mental health. Multimodal neuroimaging data analysis and interpretation will be the primary responsibility of the successful applicant. Additionally, participation to the general duties of the team and collaboration with other team members are expected.

Requirements/qualifications: A PhD in bioinformatics, neuroimaging, computational neuroscience or equivalent is required. The candidate is expected to have very strong background in basic neuroimaging data analysis. Prior experience in advanced analyses of rs-fMRI or DTI data is required.

Excellent organizational and proficiency in written and spoken English are a requirement. A strong motivation to work in a multi-disciplinary and collaborative environment is expected.

Additional requirements: Any previous knowledge in fMRI data analyses is advantageous.

The project will rely on data already available in the group and the candidate will also be encouraged to develop original approaches to study relevant questions in the field of Psychoneuroendocrinology. For this reason, computational skills combined with an interest in multi-modal neuroimaging and spirit of inventiveness would be very welcome. 

Your application should include

Cover letter (no more than 3 pages) describing why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement and what makes you suitable for the project in question

  • A curriculum vitae, including date of the thesis defense, title of the thesis, previous academic positions, academic title, current position, academic distinctions, committee work, and bioinformatics skills
  • A complete list of publications
  • A summary of current work (no more than one page)
  • Copy of PhD thesis
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

Salary: Individual pay.

Starting date: 2020-09-01.

Type of employment: Temporary position 1 year.

Scope of employment: 100%

For further information about the position please contact: Erika Comasco,

Please submit your application by July 31st 2020, UFV-PA 2020/2280.

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Placement: Department of Neuroscience

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fast lön

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2020/2280

Last application date: 2020-07-31