Postdoc Fellowship at CSAN in Linkoping University


WebsiteCenter for Social and Affective Neuroscience, Linkoping University

We are now inviting applications for a postdoc fellowship at the Center for Social and Affective Neuroscience (CSAN), Linkoping University, Sweden.

The successful candidate will lead a project investigating the neural coding of social touch in humans. The candidate will work as part of a team investigating basic neural mechanisms of interpersonal touch and how it is encoded and processed at different stages of the human somatosensory system. The focus will suit the skills and interests of the successful candidate. The position offers a unique opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary team at the intersection of sensory systems, social neuroscience and computational neuroscience.

The postdoc will work at CSAN with Dr. Sarah McIntyre and Prof. Hakan Olausson and with our international collaborators. At CSAN, we offer an international, young research environment with regular seminars and invited guest speakers. We provide great research infrastructure, including psychophysics labs, two dedicated microneurography labs for electrophysiology recordings of the human peripheral nervous system, and the Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization, with access to a dedicated research 3T Siemens scanner. In addition to the main project, the candidate will have opportunities to work with the clinical neurophysiology unit at Linkoping Hospital, and have access to cutting-edge techniques such as facial EMG, TMS, EEG and fNIRS. The candidate will work closely with other lab members and supervise students and research assistants.

The fellowship will be available in summer 2021, though start date is somewhat flexible. The initial appointment is for one year, with the opportunity for renewal thereafter. For full consideration, applications should be made before 1st March.


Candidates should have (a) a PhD in a relevant field (e.g., neuroscience, cognitive science, psychology, biology, biomedicine, computational neuroscience or data science) by the start date; (b) a publication record that includes human neurophysiological measures or human sensory behavioral measures.


The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in at least two of the following areas:

    • Human functional imaging techniques (e.g. fMRI, fNIRS)
    • Electrophysiology recordings in sensory systems (human or animal)
    • Design of high quality psychophysics or sensory behavioral experiments
    • Strong data analysis skills (e.g. computational modeling, machine learning)


Additional desirable features are:

    • knowledge of and an interest in the somatosensory system, particularly touch
    • knowledge of and interest in social neuroscience, particularly affective touch
    • experience programming experiments (e.g. Python, Matlab, Presentation)
    • experience analyzing data in R or Python
    • a demonstrated commitment to open science (e.g. open data, open materials)
    • ability to work in a team and with international collaborators
    • excellent interpersonal and communication skills


Appointment as a postdoc requires a PhD. Since this is part of an international recruitment program, the candidate must not hold Swedish citizenship or a Swedish PhD degree.

Please supply us with:

    • Motivated application
    • Curriculum Vitae, including publication list
    • Diploma
    • Names and contact details for references/recommendations


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