University of Oslo, (UiO) - Postdoctoral Fellow in development of vascularized stem cell derived hepatocyte models for integration into an organ-on-a-chip platform.

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Institute's overall objective is to promote basic medical knowledge in order to understand normal processes, provide insight into mechanisms that cause illness, and promote good health. The Institute is responsible for teaching in basic medical sciences for the programmes of professional study in medicine and the Master's programme in clinical nutrition. The Institute has more than 300 employees and is located in Domus Medica.

Postdoctoral Fellow in development of vascularized stem cell derived hepatocyte models for integration into an organ-on-a-chip platform.

Deadline: 15.10.2017

Applications are invited for a 3 year position as Postdoctoral Fellow in development of vascularized stem cell derived hepatocyte models for integration into an organ-on-a-chip platform.  UiO: Life Science and Centre of Excellence “Hybrid Technology Hub” University of Oslo, Norway.

The University of Oslo Life Science “Convergence Environment” and the newly established Centre of  Excellence “Hybrid Technology Hub” are co-financing a post-doctoral position to develop novel approaches for organ-on-a-chip compatible functionally long lived hepatic organoids.”. Convergence environments are interdisciplinary research groups that aim to solve grand challenges related to health and environment. They are funded by UiO's interdisciplinary strategic area UiO:Life Science uio.no/life-science. The fellowship period is 3 years. Within the framework of the position, duties related to the needs of UiO:Life Science will be assigned (maximum 10%).

The position is located at the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo and will be linked to Dr Gareth Sullivan’s research group that has a background in iPS cell technology and hepatocyte development, and to Stefan Krauss’ research group that has a background in developmental pathways and drug development.

The postdoctoral fellow, using a combination of tissue engineering, cell biology and molecular biology, will be responsible to drive the project to develop of 3D vascularised liver like tissue for use in disease modeling and in vitro drug testing. The postdoctoral fellow will closely interact with two PhD positions in proteomics and sensor technology that are funded by the same program.

Essential requirements for the position are:

  • PhD with experience in academia and/or industry.
  • The ability to develop in vitro models to understand mechanisms important in establishing 3D vascularized tissue models.
  • Strong understanding of tissue engineering, human pluripotent stem cell biology and stem cell differentiation.
  • Scientific creativity and ability to drive own research ideas to a successful conclusion, demonstrated by strong publication record or project progression.
  • Excellent written, oral, presentation (English).
  • Successful team working and collaboration skills.

Desirable Requirements:

  • Understanding of liver developmental biology
  • Experience in 3D tissue printing
  • Experience in the use of biomaterials
  • Entry-level leadership potential

We offer

  • salary NOK 486 100 – 569 000 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include

  • cover letter indicating current study and future research interests
  • curriculum vitae
  • copies of educational certificates
  • names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
  • optional: letters of recommendation

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, the project description (whenever this is required in the call for applicants), and the quality of the project as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “Apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

Formal regulations:

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

Please note that no one can be appointed for more than one specified period at the same institution in Norway, and that no one can be appointed twice as a Postdoc financed/with funds from The Research Council of Norway (NFR).

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

For further information please contact 

  • Dr Gareth Sullivan gareth.sullivan@medisin.uio.no
  • Prof Stefan Krauss stefan.krauss@rr-research.no

Start: 01.01.2018 or earlier.

Apply for this job

Søknadsfrist: 15.10.2017
Web: www.uio.no

Kontakt: Dr Gareth Sullivan
E-post: gareth.sullivan@medisin.uio.no

Kontakt 2: Prof Stefan Krauss
E-post: stefan.krauss@rr-research.no