University of Bergen (UiB) - Researcher position on evolution of invertebrate neuroglia

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.

Researcher position on evolution of invertebrate neuroglia

Application Deadline: 29 January 2017

There is a vacancy for a 1 year researcher position (code 1109) at the Sars Centre in the research group headed by Dr. Harald Hausen. The position is on comparative characterization of invertebrate neuroglia with a focus on lophotrochozaon organisms. The position is funded by the Research Council of Norway and the University of Bergen and is available from April 2017. The Sars Centre belongs to the University of Bergen and is partner with the European Molecular Biology (EMBL)

About the project/work tasks

The research group headed by Dr. Harald Hausen is working on organ system and cell type evolution with a focus on sensory systems and nervous system organization in lophotrochozoan organisms. The project aims comparative molecular and structural characterization of neuroglia to trace evolutionary history of neuroglia elements. The experimental approaches include in-depth gene expression analysis, light and electron microscopic characterization of glia cell types in several organisms. The successful candidate is expected 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 biology 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 and a strong interest in invertebrate nervous system organization, evolutionary developmental biology and basic molecular biology methods is required
  • Experience with sampling, culturing and experimental studies in lophotrochozan organisms are an advantage
  • 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, code 1109 (currently NOK 488.900) upon appointment. 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

Your application in English must include:

  • A brief account of the applicant’s research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be the applicant’s main PhD supervisor
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted
  • Relevant certificates/references
  • List of publications or other relevant scientific work

The application and appendices with certified translations into English must be uploaded at JobbNorge. 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.

Application Deadline: 29 January 2017

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting Group Leader Dr. Harald Hausen, tlf: +47 55584303, email:

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among 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 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.

Apply for position

Søknadsfrist: 29.01.2017

Kontakt: Dr. Harald Hausen (Group Leader)
Telefon: +47 55584303