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Elite psychology professor offered position at UiB

World-leading neuroscientist Stefan Koelsch has been offered a position as professor at the Department of Biological and Medical Psychology. Professor Koelsch already works with some of the leading brain researchers in Norway.

Group photo of the Bergen fMRI Group at the University of Bergen.
BERGEN BOUND? Professor Stefan Koelsch from Germany may become the latest addition to the world-leading Bergen fMRI Group at the University of Bergen (UiB). The group is headed by recent ERC Advanced Grant holder, Kenneth Hugdahl.
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Professor Stefan Koelsch has been offered appointment at the Department of Biological and Medical Psychology.

The appointment was suggested by the leadership at the University of Bergen (UiB) in close collaboration with the university’s faculties. At its meeting on 28 May, this was approved by the University Board. The appointment is by way of so-called calling (see FACTS). This is one part of UiB’s response to the Norwegian government’s policy for a commitment to establish world class research.

Koelsch is currently Professor in Psychology at Freie Universität Berlin. He has a very versatile and interdisciplinary background with a master’s degree in music from the University of Bremen, and higher education in psychology and sociology from the University of Leipzig. He took his doctor’s degree in the field of cognitive neuroscience at the Max Planck Institute.

 

Cooperation with Bergen pioneers

The Dean of the Faculty of Psychology, Jarle Eid, is grateful for the calling of Koelsch to the post. Koelsch will cooperate closely with the Bergen fMRI Group at UiB, which has carried out some breakthrough work in the field of brain research in Norway. The group has been headed by Professor Kenneth Hugdahl, himself a holder of an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC).

“This recruitment of Stefan Koelsch confirms the fact that the Bergen fMRI Group has a solid international academic reputation and that we, thanks to generous contributions from the Bergen Research Foundation and a state of the art research park and laboratory, can recruit researchers from Europe’s elite division,” says Eid.

 

Interdisciplinary approach to brain research

The psychology dean believes that Koelsch’s expertise in the field of cognitive neuroscience will have a great impact on this research at UiB. In addition, he believes it will have an impact on the training of future psychologists, speech therapist and master students in neuropsychology in Bergen.

Koelsch has many publications on his merit list, among other things in Nature. He distinguishes himself as a researcher with an interdisciplinary approach.

“It means that he can play an important role in existing education programmes and in the development of new fields across faculty boundaries. We look forward to welcoming Stefan Koelsch to the University of Bergen,” says the dean.

UiB is committed to increasing interdisciplinary research and has recently appointed Professor Robert Bjerknes as Vice Rector for interdisciplinary activities and major initiatives.