Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Call for researchers interested in a MSCA Individual Fellowship in brain-gut interaction and medical image analysis

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    16/03/2019 18:30 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Norway, Bergen
    Haukeland university hospital, Norway

Haukeland University Hospital (HUH) in Bergen, Norway is looking to recruit and support excellent junior scientists from outside Norway who plan to submit applications for independent research fellowships through the mobility program Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship (MSCA-IF). This year, we are looking for candidates in 5 different fields of medical research. The call is aimed at talented, young researchers within the field of Neurology/ Neuroepidemiology (more information under “Who should apply”). We invite prospective candidates who envisage HUH as their host institution to be part of our application support program.

HUH application support program:

  • Prospective research fellows will be selected by HUH supervisors and invited to Bergen for a MSCA-IF application writing workshop on June 3-5, 2019, free of charge.

  • HUH will reimburse all travel and accommodation costs for the participants.

  • After the workshop, the candidates will get further support in the application process by experienced advisors until the submission deadline on the 12th of September 2019.

How can a MSCA IF at HUH enhance your research career?

Who should apply?

MSCA IF eligibility criteria

How to apply?

How can a MSCA IF at HUH enhance your research career?

Haukeland University Hospital has a high international profile with close collaboration and shared infrastructure with the University of Bergen. With an MSCA fellowship at HUH, you will develop research experience and autonomy, hone your professional skills and grow your international profile and network. You will also live in a charming, vibrant and international city and benefit from the advantageous working conditions enjoyed in Norway.

HUH offers:

  • An excellent research environment with dedicated top researchers
  • An excellent assemblage of state-of-the-art research infrastructure
  • An attractive remuneration package including top-up funding to ensure Norwegian standard salary for postdocs (> the EC contribution). (Yearly salary from 520 000 kr before taxes).
  • Free courses in transferable skills
  • Free assistance from the Bergen Technology Transfer office (BTO)
  • Flexible working time
  • Attractive welfare schemes
  • Norway provides attractive conditions for families including affordable kindergartens, free school for children from 6 years and above (in State or Communal schools) and the facilitation of social integration of foreigners from early childhood.

Who should apply?

We are looking for ambitious, creative and scientifically curious early career researchers who meet the eligibility criteria for the MSCA IF program. You must have a strong track record commensurate to your experience; a clear idea of what you will achieve during your fellowship and how you will succeed; and a reflexive understanding of your career development needs.

In this call, we search for talented, young researchers within the field of brain-gut interaction and medical image analysis as presented by Dr. Birgitte Berentsen:

Bergen Brain-gut research group has a major focus on Brain-Gut Microbiota Interaction in Irritable Bowel Syndrome (http://braingut.no). There is increasing awareness that the brain and the gut are intimately linked, and that massive and diverse community of bacteria in the digestive tract aid digestion, regulates immune homeostasis and interacts with the central nervous system. In a clinical setting there has been great research interest in perturbations and dysfunction of the brain-gut-microbiota axis in functional gastrointestinal disorders. These new insights have been especially relevant to our understanding and treatment strategies of the widespread condition labelled irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). We address research challenges in the following five key areas: (i) Brain structure and function and gastrointestinal motility in IBS, (ii) Cognition and emotion in IBS, (iii) Microbiota profiles in IBS, (iv) The importance of diet in driving IBS, (v) Patient phenotypes and identification of clinically useful molecular and imaging-derived biomarkers.

For image analysis, we apply next-generation techniques behind an ongoing revolution in both clinical and preclinical imaging: the machine learning methods deep neural networks (DNN) and convolutional neural networks (CNN). With top international collaborators (UCLA, Heidelberg, Nottingham, Adelaide) and being a multidisciplinary team of gastroenterologists, neuroscientists, nutritionist, clinical neuropsychologist, imaging specialists, geneticists, microbiologist, and data analysts, including three early career researchers, and access to an outstanding imaging infrastructure, we are in a very good position to advance the clinical science of IBS.

The research group is situated at The Norwegian National Center for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, Medical Department (www.helse-bergen.no/NKFM) and the newly established Mohn Medical Imaging and Visualization Center (https://mmiv.no), Department of Radiology, both at Haukeland University Hospital.

The following qualifications are important for this fellowship:

  • Experience from wet-lab and molecular analysis, histopathology and/or biochemistry
  • You are encouraged to include a link to your GitHub profile or similar documentation of programming competence in your application if you have some
  • Researchers who have experience in both machine learning and medical image analysis (with experience using for example scikit-learn, TensorFlow, PyTorch, Keras, scikit-image, R, MATLAB, ITK-SNAP, Nilearn, FreeSurfer) are welcome to apply for this host offer
  • Experience in counseling, teaching, writing manuscripts and preferentially also grant applications
  • Personal skills, including abilities to work independently and cooperate within a research group will be evaluated
  • The applicant must be motivated and responsible, and also have a great work capacity and enthusiasm for research
  • The successful applicant must be fluent in oral and written English. Experience with international collaboration is an advantage


MSCA IF eligibility criteria:

  • The program is open for all academic disciplines.
  • A researcher can move to a country that is a member of the European Union or an associated country to conduct research for up to 24 months.
  • Before applying, the researcher should have a PhD-degree or 4 years of research experience after attained master's degree and there is no upper age limit after achieving the PhD-degree.
  • The researcher cannot have been living or have had his main occupation in the country of the host institution (Norway) for more than 12 months within the last 3 years counting from the time of application. The researcher can come from anywhere in the world.
  • The 2019th call is not open yet, but it will be very similar to the last call: here

How to apply?

Applications should include the following:

Cover letter outlining your eligibility and motivation for applying (max 1 side A4)

Short summary of the proposed project (max 1 page)

CV (max 2 pages plus a list of publications and full contact details)

Please send the application documents to forskning@helse-bergen.no

For more information, please contact: forskning@helse-bergen.no



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