Research coordinator


The main responsibility of the coordinator/assistant is to support the professor Henrik Ehrsson in his administrative and research-related activities. The position has two main duties, which each corresponds to approximately 50% of the position. The first is to assist professor Ehrsson in his administrative and managerial duties as director of the Brain, Body and Self laboratory. This includes various task such as assisting with handling invoices and orders, arranging lab visits for job applicants and foreign researchers, drafting of ethical applications (in Swedish) together with members of the group, preparing documents for procurements, organizing data for long–term archiving, manage the web site and social medial platforms, etc. The second duty is to assist prof Ehrsson in conducting behavioral and brain imaging studies on body perception. This includes experiments on the rubber hand illusion and various full–body illusion paradigms. The methods include questionnaires, psychophysiological recordings (SCR, EMG), virtual reality technology, various sensory stimulation systems and functional magnetic resonance imaging. The assistant will collect data and perform data preprocessing and analyses.

Entry requirements

The applicant must master the Swedish language excellently, speak and write English well, have an interest in psychological and/or medical research, and have a certain degree of technical knowledge. We welcome applicants with background in psychology, neuroscience, biomedicine, medical engineering or cognitive science, preferably with experience of psychology experiments and an interest in experimental research and functional brain imaging. Programming skills are an advantage. The applicant must be a good team player with excellent social skills, but also able to work independently. In the role as a coordinator the applicant must have excellent organizational and administrative skills, be accurate, conscientious and flexible, and have the ability to work under deadlines as well as being able to multitask.

Application process

The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system no later than May 31st. At Karolinska Institutet a 6–month trial period is required for all permanent appointments. This is a permanent position with monthly salary. Apply here:

Deadline: August 18th

Contact: Henrik Ehrsson, professor,

Doctoral (PhD) student position in Cognitive Neuroscience

Research group

The research group of prof. Henrik Ehrsson has funding available for a 4 year PhD position in cognitive imaging neuroscience. Our work focuses on how we come to experience that we own our body, and why we experience that we are located inside our physical bodies. To address these issues we use a combination of behavioral and functional magnetic imaging methods. We are based at the Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. For more information about our research, please visit

The doctoral student project and the duties of the doctoral student

The PhD project will investigate how interoceptive (pain) signals integrate with the ‘exteroceptive’ signals from the body (vision, touch and proprioception) to provide a richer sense of body ownership and facilitate unity of bodily self. The candidate is expected to work within the general framework of the research project, but will be encouraged to formulate his or her own ideas and proposals for experiments. The project uses body ownership illusions, psychophysics, pain stimulation and advanced functional magnetic resonance imaging analyses on healthy human participants.

Skills and personal qualities

The candidate must have a master's degree in medicine, psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, or medical engineering. He or she should have a strong and documented interest in cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging techniques. We are looking for a highly motivated and talented individual that can actively contribute with own ideas and proposals for experimental designs. Proficiency in oral and written English is necessary, as are good social skills. The candidate should have a strong track record of successful internship projects.

For eligibility requirements, assessment criteria, terms and conditions and application process see:

Deadline: May 17th

Contact: Henrik Ehrsson, professor,

Post-doctoral Positions

If you are interested in joining the group as a post-doc you should contact Henrik Ehrsson at least one year in advance of the planned start date. Please submit your CV, the names of two references, and a short description of why you want to join our group and what kind of project you would like to conduct. There are several possible sources of funding for which you can apply to do post-doctoral research, most of which have deadlines of up to one year in advance of starting the project. See below for some funding possibilities.

Possible sources of personal funding and approximate annual deadlines:

HFSP Long-Term Fellowships, Deadline in August

EU Marie Curie Fellowships, Deadline in August:
International Incoming Fellowships, for applicants from outside the EU
Intra-European Fellowships, for applicants from within the EU

Wennergren Foundation, Deadline early October

Hjärnfonden, Deadline in June (a Swedish PhD is a eligibility criterion)

Additional information:

PostDoc at Karolinska Institutet: Postdoc Handbook (pdf-file, 78kB)
Department of Neuroscience: Homepage
Information about Stockholm:
Information about Sweden:

Applications for Student Internships

For students (at BSc or MSc level) interested in conducting a student internship in the lab, please contact Prof. Henrik Ehrsson. Include a CV and brief motivation for why you would like to conduct an internship in the lab. Please note that we normally do not consider internships that are shorter than 3 months (with an exception for summer students where 8 weeks is the minimum). Summer students should contact Dr. Ehrsson before January 31st each year.

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