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Researcher Position, Sars Centre: Function and Evolution of Excitatory Neurotransmitter Receptors

Deadline 03.04.2019

University of Bergen

The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad.


SARS – International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology – Read more here.

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Research Position

There is a vacancy for a 2-year researcher position at the Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology (www.sars.no/) in the research group of Dr. Timothy Lynagh. The position is funded by Sars Centre core funding. The Sars Centre belongs to the University of Bergen, and is partner of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) www.embl.de/. The place of work will be at the Sars Centre. The preferred starting time is April/May 2019.

About the project/work tasks:

Work in the Lynagh group focuses on the evolution, function, and pharmacology of ligand-gated ion channels, receptors that mediate rapid communication between neurons, using molecular phylogenetics, mutagenesis, chemical biology, and electrophysiology. This project focuses on the evolution of excitatory neurotransmitters. This will include investigations of the expression of receptors in various model organisms as well as investigations of receptor function using electrophysiological experiments.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a PhD (at least equivalent to a Norwegian PhD) in molecular biology, comparative biology, neurobiology or a similar field 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 with immunohistochemistry, in situ hybdization (or similar techniques) and imaging of gene/protein expression is essential
  • Experience with either genetics/molecular phylogenetics or electrophysiology/protein biophysics will be viewed favourably
  • 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 upon appointment (code 1109), currently NOK 515 200 gross p.a. A higher salary may be offered to candidates with exceptional qualifications. 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 your 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

Please send your application with attachments electronically via JobbNorge by clicking on the button “Apply for this job”. If your diploma, grade transcripts and other documentation are in a language other than English, you must upload certified translations of these (diploma and grade transcripts in a Scandinavian language are acceptable). 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.

Closing date for application: 03 April, 2019

General information:

Further information about the position can be obtained from Group Leader Dr. Timothy Lynagh, tlf +47 55 58 43 41, email [email protected]

The state labour force shall reflect on 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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