University of Oslo, (UiO) - Research technician - Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway (NCMM)

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.

Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway (NCMM) was established in 2008 and is the Norwegian node in the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine. NCMM is a joint venture between the University of Oslo, Health Region South-East and the Research Council of Norway. From 2017 NCMM is merged with the Biotechnology Centre of Oslo and now has altogether 11 research groups. The overall objective of NCMM is to conduct cutting edge research in molecular medicine and biotechnology as well as facilitate translation of discoveries in basic medical research into clinical practice.

Research technician - Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway (NCMM)

Deadline Wednesday, October 18, 2017

One temporary 80%-position as research technician (SKO1512) is available in the laboratory headed by Dr. Camila Esguerra in the period from November 27th 2017 – May 20th 2018.


The Esguerra group is a research group the at the Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway (NCMM), University of Oslo, focusing on chemical neuroscience using zebrafish models of epilepsy. Using a combination of genetic and chemical approaches in zebrafish, the group seeks to elucidate the mechanisms of seizure generation, epileptogenesis and treatment resistance by probing the function of novel disease-associated gene variants involved in the etiology of pharmacoresistant epilepsies. We will use engineered zebrafish mutants and transgenic reporter lines as well as pharmacological seizure models for carrying out in vivo chemical modifier screens to identify novel neuropharmacological tools and drug leads. These models and neuroactive small molecules will serve as valuable tools towards understanding the development, function, and diseases of the brain.

Laboratory tasks include:

  • Aquaculture; maintenance and breeding of zebrafish; health monitoring
  • Preparation of feed, feeding and cleaning
  • Keeping journals according to routines
  • General maintenance of facility; water quality, filters, RO-system, reservoirs
  • Preparation of solutions
  • Close communication and collaboration with laboratory manager to ensure good animal health and welfare
  • Function as back-up on weekend care, participate in holiday rotation and be willing to be on call or standby in case of emergency
  • Depending on background and experience of the candidate other working tasks could also be considered.


  • High school equivalent to Norwegian VKII, aquaculture line. Experience from similar work can replace this formal requirement. Further education will be valued
  • Qualification as FELASA B or FELASA C is needed
  • Prior experience working with zebrafish will be an advantage
  • Working knowledge of Word and Excel
  • The group has a number of international collaborations, thus the position requires applicants to be highly organized and fluent in English
  • An ideal candidate should be flexible in respect to the shift work
  • The successful candidate has an open and friendly nature, is thorough and accurate in their work, have an appreciation of animals and is always willing to learn something new

The position will be placed as a research technician (SKO1512) with pay grade: 35-45 (NOK 352.900 - 404.000 per year in a 100 % position) depending on experience and qualifications.

Highly motivated individuals with an excellent track record, that can work both independently and as part of a team are welcome to apply.

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


About the position: Head Engineer, Rønnaug Steen Kolve (

Inquiries regarding technical aspects of the application can be directed to Nina Modahl (

Please submit your application through the web-based recruitment system

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Søknadsfrist: 18.10.2017

Kontakt: Head Engineer Rønnaug Steen Kolve (About the position)

Kontakt 2: Nina Modahl