University of Bergen (UiB)  - Postdoc Position in Bioinformatic Analysis of Neural Development in Nematostella

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology (Sars Centre) is situated at the Marine­holmen campus together with other research institutes at the University. The Sars Centre is partner with European Molecular Biological Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany and is organized directly under the Rector at UiB.

Postdoc Position in Bioinformatic Analysis of Neural Development in Nematostella

Closing date for application: October 29, 2017

There is a vacancy for a 2 year Postdoc position at the Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology ( in the research group headed by Dr. Fabian Rentzsch. The position is funded on a TOPPFORSK grant from the Norwegian Research Council, and is available from January 2018. The Sars Centre belongs to the University of Bergen, and is partner of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) The place of work will be at the Sars Centre.

About the project/work tasks:

The research group, headed by Fabian Rentzsch, studies neurogenesis in the cnidarian Nematostella vectensis with the aim to understand cellular, molecular and evolutionary aspects of nervous system development (see Richards and Rentzsch, Development, 2014 and 2015). The main task for this position is the computational analysis of single cell RNA sequencing data with the aim to understand the transcriptional changes that control the development of neural progenitor cells into differentiated neurons. If desired, contribution to the experimental validation of the computational analyses is possible in collaboration with a postdoc. The successful candidate is also expected to provide support for other projects (ATAC-seq, differential gene expression) and to contribute to the further development of the project in line with his/her interests.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within informatics or molecular biology or must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.
  • Experience in the analysis of high-throughput sequencing data and a strong interest in gene regulatory networks, developmental biology or stem cell biology is required.
  • Ability to work both independently and in close collaboration with others in a structured manner.
  • Personal communication skills to interact with the scientific environment are required.
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment
  • Salary at pay grade 57 upon appointment (code 1109), currently NOK 490.900 gross p.a. Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise)
  • Good welfare benefits

Applications in English must include:

  • A cover letter that includes brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • CV
  • List of publications
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be the main advisor for the PhD programme.
  • Transcripts and diplomas and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted
  • Relevant certificates/references

Please send your application with attachments electronically via JobbNorge by clicking on the button “Apply for this job” (choose English page) - see here. If your diploma, grade transcripts and other documentation are in a language other than English, you must upload certified translations of these (diploma and grade transcripts in a Scandinavian language are acceptable). Please note that applications will be assessed only with the information available in JobbNorge when the deadline expires. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all relevant attachments are submitted by the deadline.

Applications by e-mail only will not be considered.

Closing date for application: October 29, 2017


General information:

Further information about the position can be obtained from Group Leader Dr. Fabian Rentzsch, tlf +47 55 58 43 04, email

The state labour force shall reflect on the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance amomg employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.

The University of Bergen applies to the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

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Søknadsfrist: 29.10.2017

Kontakt: Dr. Fabian Rentzsch (Group Leader)
Telefon: +47 55 58 43 04