Postdoctoral Researcher in Social Neuroscience at University of Helsinki

University of Helsinki is delighted to offer a postdoctoral fellowship position in signal processing. The funding allows successful candidates to work for five years in the first instance. Applications are invited up to January 19, 2020.

The Faculty of Social Sciences and research project Narcissism, Face and Social Interaction (…) invite applications for the position of

for a three-year, full-time, fixed-term period from 2 March 2020 onwards (or starting point as agreed).

The successful applicant will join a multidisciplinary research team covering expertise in sociology, clinical psychology, neuroscience, brain imaging, and computational science. The applicant will be working in two departments and universities. Besides the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki, the applicant will work at Brain and Mind Laboratory (…) at the Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering (NBE,…), Aalto University School of Science. NBE and the neighboring Advanced Magnetic Imaging (AMI) Centre provides excellent facilities for brain imaging and data analysis.

Advanced analysis of behavioral and brain imaging data: The main task during the three year perid will be to analyze the data that we will collect in our online behavioral experiment and brain imaging experiment (functional magnetic resonance imaging). The experiments focus on behavioral and neural aspects of self experience in social interaction. To accomplish this, the applicant should optimally already have some background in computational science (e.g., machine learning, complex networks) and signal processing (e.g., analysis of timeseries data such as biosignals).

Implementing behavioral and brain imaging experiments: Together with our team, the applicant will participate to implementing the experiments. This will require background in programming (e.g., Python, Matlab, JavaScript, R).

Supporting data collection, publishing, and working with a multidisciplinary team: The applicant will participate to different stages of research, also supervising and assisting in data collection, writing the manuscripts etc. Therefore, openness to pursue different tasks, history of inpdendent work and publishing as well as good co-operation skills is needed.

A successful applicant will have demonstrable skills and motivation to work in an interdisciplinary team, at the interface of neuroscience, psychology and sociology, in order to understand self-related processes in social interaction.

An appointee to the position must hold a doctoral degree in fields such as Cognitive Neuroscience, Computational Science, Medicine, or Engineering. Background in Psychology or Sociology is an asset if the applicant has proven skills in some of the requirements listed above. The default assumption is that the appointee will hold a doctoral degree before the interview, and have the ability to conduct independent scientific work. The duties of the postdoctoral researcher include teaching for the Faculty of Social Sciences (5% of the annual workload).

The chosen applicant is expected to reside in Finland while employed by the University of Helsinki, and to participate actively in the intellectual life of the discipline of Social Neuroscience and the wider scientific community across and beyond the Faculty of Social Sciences and the University of Helsinki. The Faculty of Social Sciences provides assistance in relocation. The working language will be English.

The position of postdoctoral researcher is typically held for three to five years after the completion of a doctoral degree. The aim of the position is to encourage the appointee to further their skills and gain more experience to prepare them for an academic career.


We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring environment with a variety of development opportunities and benefits. The annual gross salary range will be approx. 41,000 - 50,000 euros, depending on the appointee's qualifications and experience. In addition, University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and opportunities for professional development. Further information at The employment contract will include a probationary period of six months.

Applicants are requested to enclose with their applications the following documents in English.

1) a CV with a list of publications

2) a research plan connecting the applicant's own research to the Narcissism, Face and Social Interaction research project (max. 2 pages), 2) a letter of motivation describing the applicant's interest in the themes of the Narcissism, Face and Social Interaction research project, and her/his motivation to work in a multidisciplinary team of neuroscientists, sociologist and psychologist (max. 2 pages), 3) the contact information of two referees Instructions about preparing the CV and list of publications and the documentation of teaching merits can be found in the following web address:…

Please submit your application through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System by clicking the link Apply for job. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP HR portal,

Further information about the position may be obtained from Academy Fellow Juha Salmitaival ( or Professor Anssi Perkyl (

Should you need support with the recruitment system, please contact The University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. In international university rankings, the University of Helsinki typically ranks among the top 100. The University of Helsinki seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity.

The Faculty of Social Sciences is Finland's leading research and education institute in the social sciences, and the country's most diverse social sciences faculty in terms of the range of its disciplines and fields of research. The Faculty has a strong international research profile and international Master's programmes, and several of its disciplinary units have been rated among the top 50 in the world. The Faculty has a research and teaching staff of approximately 450, and each year it awards some 350 Bachelor's degrees, 400 Master's degrees and more than 40 doctoral degrees. We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an attractive and diverse workplace in an inspiring environment with a variety of development opportunities and benefits. For more information, please see the Faculty website at


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