Data engineering position in neuroinformatics/brain imaging

University of Oslo
January 10, 2023
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Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology,

Center for Lifespan changes in Brain and Cognition (LCBC)

Data engineering position in neuroinformatics/brain imaging About the position

A full time, permanent engineering position (SKO1087 Head engineer/lab engineer) is available in the Center for Lifespan Changes in Brain and Cognition (LCBC) at the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo. The position is externally financed.

Work tasks

The position is suited for a person with strong programming competence and interest in signal and image processing. Imaging of the human brain by MRI and PET is central to LCBC research, and the candidate will contribute by:

  • Automated and manual quality control of mainly MRI data
  • Develop new and maintain existing data processing pipelines
  • Data preprocessing and higher-level analyses
  • Contribute to implementation and testing of new processing procedures
  • Develop and maintain neuroimaging databases
  • We rely heavily on FreeSurfer and FSL for brain imaging analyses, and the center cooperates with the developers of these software packages. Our analysis pipelines use a combination of Python, R, and run on Linux/HPC.

    The candidate is expected to work closely with other researchers at LCBC as well as with our international collaborators.

    Qualification requirements
  • The successful candidate must have a master's degree or similar in a relevant field, such as biomedical engineering, informatics, physics, mathematics or neuroscience, although other backgrounds, such as psychology or medicine, may be acceptable given extraordinary skills and interests. Candidates without a master's degree may also be considered provided they have combination of education and experience relevant to this position.
  • Competence in shell scripting, Python, R or similar is necessary
  • Excellent command of English, orally and in writing is necessary
  • Knowledge of BIDS (The Brain Imaging Data Structure) is a plus
  • Experience with medical imaging data is a plus
  • Personal skills
  • In the evaluation of applicants, emphasis will be placed on the following personal skills:
  • Candidate's good co-operative skills, and the ability to successfully join in academic collaboration
  • Candidate's academic and personal ability to work independently
  • The research center

    LCBC is an active, international multi-disciplinary research center, initiated by Professors Kristine B. Walhovd and Anders M Fjell, with a staff of 25 full time positions, including researchers, several post docs and PhD candidates, engineers and full-time RAs, extensive supporting personnel and several affiliated international researchers. We have staff from seven different countries, and English is the language of the lab. The center has an interdisciplinary approach, with researchers from different fields such as psychology, genetics, neuroscience, physics, informatics, statistics and engineering. LCBC was in 2015, as one of five, appointed status as a “world leading” research group at the University of Oslo. We encourage the interested applicant to visit www. oslobrains.no for more details about LCBC and our research.

    LCBC constitutes an extremely active and stimulating learning environment for the skilled and interested candidate.

    The research

    Cognition - the ability to attend, remember and reason - is pivotal to all aspects of human life. Yet cognitive functioning varies considerably among and within human beings across the lifespan. The goal of LCBC is to understand brain and cognitive changes and how to optimize them through the entire lifespan. In addition to studies of development and aging, we also research diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and biomedical risks such as prenatal drug exposure.

    Cognitive measures, imaging of brain activity and structure, genetics, molecular biology and registry information are systematically applied across large samples of participants from 4 to 90+ years. Neuroimaging is central to all LCBC projects, and we thus devote large resources to infrastructure and manpower dedicated to imaging of the brain. We have a 3T Siemens Prisma MRI scanner, situated at the department of radiology of the Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet

    We offer
  • Salary 526 100 - 573 900 NOK per annum depending on qualifications in a position as Head engineer, position code 1087 (Overingeniør SKO 1087). For particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary level may be considered.
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement,
  • Professional development in a stimulating and friendly work environment
  • Oslo is a family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities
  • How to apply

    The application must include

  • Letter of application, 1-2 pages, explaining the motivation for applying
  • Curriculum Vitae summarizing education, positions and work experience
  • Copies of educational certificates
  • Names and contact details of at least two references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number).
  • International applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. All documents should be in English. The application (evt.) with attachments must be delivered in our recruiting system. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged where the applicant's personal prerequisites and cooperative skills will be also assessed.

    The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

    Contact information

    Head engineer Inge Amlien, e-mail: inge.amlien@psykologi.uio.no

    Administrative manager Barbara Bodorkos Friedman, e-mail b.b.friedman@psykologi.uio.no

    HR officer Dordi Stavik, e-mail dordi.stavik@psykologi.uio.no for questons about the electronic application

    Formal regulations

    Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

    According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

    Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition.Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.

    If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

    About the University of Oslo

    The University of Oslo is Norway's oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

    The Department of Psychology is one of seven units of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and has 75 permanent and 70 temporary members of scientific staff. Degrees are offered at bachelor and master level, plus a clinical training programme, and the PhD programme has 140 students.

    Deadline

    10th January 2023

    Employer

    University of Oslo

    Municipality

    Oslo

    Scope

    Fulltime (1 positions) Fulltime (%)

    Duration

    Permanent

    Place of service

    Department of Psychology

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