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The University of Helsinki is an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. It is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities in Europe and ranks among the top 100 international universities in the world. 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 internationally esteemed and highly successful Faculty of Educational Sciences is Finland’s leading unit of research and teaching in Educational Sciences and Teacher Education. The Faculty of Educational Sciences conducts research related to human growth, development and learning, multilingualism and justice in education, pedagogy and didactics. Research objectives are educational systems, learning environments and learners. Our research aims towards the realization of cultural and social possibilities for the wellbeing of an individual and a society in a changing world. For more information, please see the Faculty website at https://www.helsinki.fi/en/faculty-of-educational-sciences

The research project Investigating neurocognitive processes in decision making is part of a multidisciplinary consortium “Fostering Finnish Science Capital” funded by the Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland.

For this project, we are now inviting applications for the position of

Postdoctoral Researcher

for temporary employment until September 30th 2023.

The consortium investigates different dimensions of science capital, produces new knowledge on the neurobehavioral mechanisms that underlie successful science learning and decision-making, and aims to create novel methods for science learning. We use state-of-the-art psychological and neuroscientific research methods to examine emotional and neurocognitive underpinnings of learning and decision-making. We link online experience sampling to experimental studies in which participants’ EEG, pupil, and eye movement data are collected. The project collaborates with the Cognitive Brain Research Unit (CBRU) at the University of Helsinki, which is equipped with several EEG systems, TMS, MEG, and an EyeLink 1000 eye-tracker. We offer a possibility to study a timely topic within a multidisciplinary and international team.

Description of work duties

The successful candidate will investigate the neurocognitive processes in science-based decision-making. The work duties of the selected candidate include:

– Collaboration in running experiments (e.g., programming experimental tasks)
– Analyses of EEG, pupil, and eye movement data, including statistical analyses
– Collaboration within the multidisciplinary consortium (including psychologist, education researchers, and neuroscientists) both nationally and internationally
– Publishing the results in scientific journals
– The duties include (without separate compensation) supervision of thesis and dissertation writers and teaching associated with the research, covering 5% of annual working hours.

We hope for the chosen candidate to be able to start as soon as possible, but at latest on March 1st 2021.

Qualification requirements

– Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in experimental psychology, cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, or an adjacent field
– Excellent command of English, both written and spoken
– Prior international publications in renowned journals
– Previous experience in EEG, MEG or eye movement data collection
– Experience in time- and/or frequency-domain analyses
– Proficiency in programming (preferably Python, MATLAB, R)
– Beneficial: Experience in time-series analyses, background knowledge of decision-making literature, advanced multivariate statistical methods and innovative ways to link analysis of EEG, pupil, and eye movement data to experience sampling

Salary and benefits

Salary is based on level 5 in the requirement scheme for teaching and research positions in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition, the appointee is paid a salary component based on personal performance. The gross monthly salary will be approx. 3 150 € – 3 880 € depending on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. A 6-month probation period is applied.

The Faculty of Educational Sciences is a dynamic, inspiring and international working and studying environment that has invested in state-of-the-art research and teaching infrastructure. We encourage our staff to make bold and creative decisions while exercising high standards of ethical conduct in research, teaching and community relations.

The faculty’s administrative and technical staff, as well as your expert colleagues will support you in your role. The university takes care of your well-being by flexible work arrangements, comprehensive occupational health care and wide-ranging, low-cost UniSport services. Professional development is supported in different ways, i.e. by offering versatile staff training.

How to apply

Please send your application via the university’s recruitment portal (see button below). Helsinki university employees submit their application via the SAP HR -portal at https://saphr.it.helsinki.fi/irj/portal.

Please attach the following documents in your application:
• CV
• cover letter
• motivational statement referring to all aspects of this call
• contact information of two referees
• academic certificates
• a prior publication that illustrates suitability

Closing date for applications: January 10th 2021.

Contact information

Should you have any questions about the position, please contact:
Dr. Jaana Simola, jaana.simola@helsinki.fi.

In questions related to the recruitment process, kindly contact:
HR Specialist Linda Ylönen, p. 050 530 2481, linda.ylonen@helsinki.fi

The University of Helsinki is Finland’s largest university, seeking solutions to global challenges and creating new ways of thinking for the best of humanity. We are one of the best multidisciplinary universities in the world and our community of c. 8 000 employees offers wide ranging career development opportunities in teaching and research as well as in specialist and other support positions. www.helsinki.fi/en

Our university is committed to advancing equality and equity as well as preventing discrimination throughout its operations. We encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply.

Due date

10.01.2021 23:59 EET

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