Postdoctoral Position in Developmental Psychology and Behaviour Genetics

Karolinska Institutet

We welcome applications for a postdoctoral position in developmental cognitive neuroscience in the research group headed by Dr. Terje Falck-Ytter, Center of Neurodevelopmental Disorders at Karolinska Institutet.

This position is tied to the BABYTWINS study, in which we assess brain (EEG) and behavior (including eye movements) in 5 month old twins who are subsequently followed to the age of three years of age. A key aim is to understand etiological factors behind early brain and behavioral processes that predict later variability in important domains such as language, social-communication and behavioral flexibility.  This aim will be realized through structural equation twin model-fitting analyses of these newly acquired twin data. The study is funded by the Swedish Foundation for the Humanities and the Social Sciences.

BABYTWINS is led by Dr Falck-Ytter in collaboration with Professor Angelica Ronald (Birkbeck, University of London), and currently consists of two PhD students and three research assistants. The postdoc will be supervised by Falck-Ytter and Ronald.

Representative publications from the team:

Kennedy, D. P., D’Onofrio, B. M., Quinn, P. D., Bölte, S., Lichtenstein, P., & Falck-Ytter, T. (2017). Genetic Influence on Eye Movements to Complex Scenes at Short Timescales. Current Biology, 27(22), 3554-3560. e3553.

Micalizzi, L., Ronald, A. & Saudino, K. J. (2016). Genetically Informed Cross-lagged Analysis of Autistic-Like Traits and Affective Problems in Early Childhood. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 44, 937-947. 

Papageorgiou, K. A., Smith, T. J., Wu, R., Johnson, M. H., Kirkham, N. Z. & Ronald, A. (2014). Individual differences in infant fixation duration relate to attention and behavioral control in childhood. Psychological Science, 25,1371-1379.

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing, conducting and reporting a series of key analyses from the study for publication in peer reviewed journals, in close collaboration with the other senior members of the team. The position provides an excellent opportunity for transition to career independence. The candidate is also expected to serve as a resource for more junior lab members. You will have the opportunity to supervise and train students and research assistants.

Selection criteria:
Applicants should have a PhD in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, behavioral genetics, or a related field with a strong publication record. The candidate should have a strong quantitative research background. Particular strength in independent quantitative statistical analysis of complex datasets is an essential criterion of the post. Excellent oral and written English language skills are required.

You must be able to work independently as well as work in a team and to be able to supervise more junior team members. We seek a reliable, ambitious and effective team member motivated to produce the best possible science.

Non-essential criteria: The following are preferred but not required qualifications:

  • Experience with structural equation twin modelling
  • Experience with research in developmental psychology
  • Strong computational programming skills
  • Experience with eye tracking or EEG

Further information and application process

Please find instructions for how to prepare your application here:

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