Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Call for researchers interested in a MSCA Individual Fellowship in medical neuroimaging/biological psychiatry

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    28/04/2019 21:00 - 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). The call is aimed at talented, young researchers within the field of medical neuroimaging/biological psychiatry (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:

Prospective research fellows will be selected by HUH supervisors and invited to Bergen for a MSCA-IF application writing workshop on June 4-5, 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 a 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 medical neuroimaging/biological psychiatry as presented by senior consultant and associated professor Leif Oltedal:

The research group explores brain changes induced by electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) with the aim to understand treatment mechanisms and predictors of clinical response (see protocol here).

ECT is a treatment administered under general anesthesia and muscle relaxation. A transient seizure is induced by electrical current transferred through scalp electrodes. Although (ECT) has remained the most effective acute treatment for major depressive episodes for about 80 years, it is not known why it is effective or how it works. Only a small proportion of patients with treatment resistant depression are offered ECT, and typically 60-80% experience a good response (> 50% symptom reduction). Several neuroimaging studies of ECT have demonstrated volume increases of brain areas after treatment. The most consistent finding has been volume increase of the hippocampus. However, a link between the treatment induced brain changes and clinical improvement has not been established.

An important reason for our knowledge gap is that single studies have limited samples and lack statistical power to reach firm conclusions. The Global ECT-MRI Research Collaboration (GEMRIC) is led from our group in Bergen and was founded with a belief that collaboration and mega-analysis of combined data will lead to new knowledge that can be generalized across individual research sites. Within GEMRIC we have the world’s largest data sample with clinical and MRI neuroimaging data before and after ECT – our initial study includes up to 550 subjects (including controls). In our next study we aim at increasing the sample size to 2000 subjects. GEMRIC uses state-of-the-art imaging tools to study structural and functional changes that are associated with the treatment.

We seek a candidate who is motivated to work within a multidisciplinary international team and investigate mechanisms of action of ECT. Prior experience in with neuroimaging methods is important.

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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