University of Oslo, (UiO) - Principal Engineer (Animal Technician in epigenetics and reproductive medicine)

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 of Basic Medical Sciences 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.

Principal Engineer (Animal Technician in epigenetics and reproductive medicine)

Deadline 31.03.2018

About the position

A three-year position as principal engineer (SKO1085) is available at the University of Oslo’s Institute for Basic Medical Sciences, Department of Molecular Medicine, Division of biochemistry. The position is an animal technician/technical assistant position with focus on genome regulation in the early embryo and the role of this regulation for reprogramming the cell. The project is particularly focused on cancer development and bladder cancer and is supported by the Norwegian Cancer Society. 

The position is affiliated with prof. Arne Klungland’s research group focusing on epigenetics and embryonic development. The position is in one of Norway’s top-rated, international research environments. We are equipped with modern, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. The principal engineer will perform experiments to examine the regulation of genome silencing, genome activation, and developmental arrest in mouse preimplantation embryos and experience as an animal technician handling oocytes is a prerequisite. Additionally, it is an advantage with experience in mouse handling and phenotyping, mouse genotyping, cell culturing, live cell imaging, ES cell work and DNA and RNA preparations and analysis from human material, etc.

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry or related subjects
  • Fluent spoken and written English
  • Applicants must have FELASA approval and basic knowledge and experience in mouse handling, epigenetics, embryology, gametogenesis, genomics or single-cell analysis
  • Candidates with relevant laboratory experience to the project (see above) will be preferred

Personal skills

The ideal candidate is a highly motivated individual who appreciates working in an international and interactive environment. The candidate is expected to hold very good collaborative skills and to work efficiently both independently and as part of a team under supervision of senior researchers.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 416 600 – 459100 per annum depending on qualifications
  • An ambitious and exciting research environment with a strong multidisciplinary profile and excellent opportunities for academic development
  • 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:

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position. (Single-page application letter)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • copies of educational certificates andtranscripts of records
  • list of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)
  • Please note that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language
  • The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”

Formal regulations

Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results and intellectual property.

In accordance with the University of Oslo´s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of sex or ethnicity.

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.

Contact information

  • Project leader John Arne Dgahl, email:
  • Professor: Arne Klungland,email: 

Apply for position

Søknadsfrist: 31.03.2018

Kontakt: John Arne Dgahl (Project leader)

Kontakt 2: Professor Arne Klungland