Postdoctoral studies in Magnetoencephalography (scholarship)

Stockholm, Sweden
Scholarship 26 500 SEK per month (tax exempt)
February 08 2018
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The Department of Neuroscience includes several research groups working on different aspects of nervous system function, both under normal conditions and in various disease states. Research projects include a broad range of studies on the molecular and cellular levels, networks of neurons, and the organization of the nervous system as a whole. The Department has a flat organization with 40 researchers, of which 24 are full professors and 65 PhD students. 

Teaching represents a fundamental activity at the Department, which participates in several undergraduate courses and postgraduate education programs. Each year approximately 15 students receive their PhD from our Department and many of our graduates have gone onto distinguished careers in the academic or private sector.

We are seeking a highly talented and enthusiastic researcher with a PhD in neuroimaging awarded within the past three years to work on projects in which magnetoencephalography (MEG) is applied to the problem of how we come to experience limbs as part of our own body.

The research will be conducted at the Brain, Body and Self Laboratory at the Department of Neuroscience ( This center has widespread expertise in fMRI and human behavioural experiments. The MEG experiments will be conducted at the recently established “National Facility Magnetoencephalography ( that is equipped with a state-of-the-art MEG system (Electa Neuromag TRIUX), complementary physiological recording devices (MEG compatible 128–channel EEG, plethysmography, EMG, ECG, eyetracking), sophisticated stimulus delivery platforms (visual, auditory, olfactory, pain, somatosensory), and a MEG-compatible robot system for tactile stimulation of the hands.

The ideal candidate will have expertise in the acquisition and analysis of MEG data, (preferably on an Elekta TRIUX or Vectorview system), expertise in analysis of MEG data (preferably on FieldTrip and/or MNE), as well as excellent programming skills (preferably including MatLab and Neurobs Presentation). Expertise in analysis of EEG data would be an advantage. The candidate is expected to work on projects in which MEG methods are applied to questions relating to how multisensory signals from the body are integrated at the levels of cortical structures to give rise to dynamic changes in the feeling of ownership of limbs. Good social skills are important as the candidate is expected to actively collaborate with other members of the laboratory, in addition to running his or her own project. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a consistently good academic record, including publications in international journals.

Entry requirements
Scholarships to pursue postdoctoral studies may be awarded to individuals who come from other countries with the intention of remaining in Sweden only while obtaining all or part of their education. The head of the department determines whether their previous training and scholarly qualifications correspond to a Swedish PhD or higher. Having received a salary or other remuneration from Karolinska Institutet during the past two years may be disqualifying.

One requirement for receiving a scholarship for postdoctoral studies is central registration as a postdoc.

Type of scholarship 
Karolinska Institutet awards scholarships to pursue postdoctoral studies. This educational scholarship, which is paid for a maximum of two years within four years after the receipt of a PhD or the equivalent, is tax-exempt. The amount is set for twelve months at a time and is paid out on a monthly basis. In exceptional cases, shorter periods may be acceptable. The current scholarship is 26 500 SEK per month (tax exempt). The starting date is flexible.

Application process
An application must contain the following documents in English:

  1. Curriculum vitae and qualifications, presented in accordance with Karolinska Institutet’s qualifications portfolio (
  2. A complete list of publications
  3. A summary of current research (no more than one page)
  4. Verifications for crediting of illness, military service, work for labour unions or student organisations, parental leave or similar circumstances
  5. Verification from the thesis defence committee or the equivalent (only if the thesis defence is scheduled within three months after the application deadline)
  6. Contact details for two reference persons
  7. A summary of long term research interests and goals for the future (no more than two pages)

The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.

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