Researcher position on invertebrate sensory biology

Deadline: October 31, 2018

University of Bergen

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at seven 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.

There is a vacancy for a 15 month researcher position (code 1109) at the Sars Centre in the research group headed by Dr. Harald Hausen. The position is on molecular and electron optic characterization of sensory cells and their circuitry in larval invertebrates. The position is funded by the Research Council of Norway and the University of Bergen and is available from November 2018. 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 molecular and structural characterization of sensory cells and their circuitry in larval lophotrochozoans to better understand the evolution of sensory capacities and the involved cell types. The experimental approaches include molecular studies on gene expression and function, 3D light and electron microscopic imaging and advanced image processing. 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
  • Strong background in advanced electron microscopic methods
  • Experience with culturing and experimental studies in invertebrate larvae
  • Background in molecular biology
  • Strong interest in invertebrate biology and evolution
  • 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 59, code 1109 (currently NOK 515.200) 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: 31. October 2018

General information:

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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.

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