Postdoc position at the University of Oslo, Norway

July 07, 2021

Postdoc position: combined opioid+dopamine (dual-drug) psychopharmacology project in healthy humans 

Applications are invited for a 2-3 year postdoctoral research fellowship in affective neuroscience at the Leknes Affective Brain lab, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, Norway. Start date for the position should be before 1st of January, 2022.

The position is associated with the project: «How distress alters opioid drug effects and abuse liability», funded by an ERC Starting Grant to Siri Leknes. The candidate would be responsible for day-to-day management of a psychopharmacological & fMRI study of the opioid and dopamine systems of the human brain.

Opioid and dopamine contributions to the liking and wanting of drug and social rewards remain hotly debated. Current understanding of liking and wanting for both drug and non-drug rewards is based primarily on studies using invasive techniques in rodents. The project will use a combination of opioid and dopamine agonist and antagonist drugs to simultaneously manipulate opioid and dopamine levels in humans.

The project offers opportunities to develop unique competence in dual-drug psychopharmacology, as well as working in an ambitious yet friendly and collaborative, affective neuroscience environment. The candidate will participate in study design, data collection, analysis and publications in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team.

  • Applicants must hold a PhD degree in psychology, neuroscience, medicine, or related field.
  • A qualified applicant should have training and experience in one or preferably several of the following areas: psychopharmacology, computational neuroscience, experimental psychology, functional imaging, advanced quantitative statistical analysis.
  • Documented experience with either psychopharmacology, functional imaging or advanced quantitative statistical analysis (e.g. multilevel/mixed models) and analysis of longitudinal or clustered (dependent) data is a requirement.
  • Extensive experience with statistical modelling, preferably in R, python or matlab. Experience with neuroimaging analysis using FSL or equivalent is strongly desired.
  • Coding skills are a strong advantage
  • Relevant and significant scientific publications, at the level of the career status of the applicant.

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