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Research assistant in Human Immune Disease group

Deadline: 18.06.2024

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7 500 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.

Job description

Applications are invited for a 1-year research assistant in the human immune disease group led by Janna Saarela to be based at NCMM, University of Oslo. The Saarela group focuses on improving the understanding of biological pathways and pathogenic mechanisms in rare and common immune disorders. We use high-throughput genomics technologies (WGS/WES/transcriptomics) and cell based immune assays to identify novel genetic causes for inborn errors of immunity and characterize the molecular consequences of the defects to produce novel knowledge of the immune functions in health and disease and to improve diagnosis of patients presenting with immune deficiency and immune dysregulation.

More about the position

We are looking for enthusiastic and hard-working person with a background in immunology. You are a rigorous experimentalist but also understand the clinical conditions we work with. Previous experience in developing and running flow cytometry assays is required.

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in immunology, human genetics, biomedicine, molecular biology, or related field. 
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English are mandatory.

These qualifications will count in the assessment:

  • Previous work experience in international multidisciplinary research environments.
  • Experience in multicolor flow cytometry, single cell sorting and data analysis 
  • Experience in immune cell functional assays
  • Experience in molecular genetics laboratory experiments, such as DNA/RNA analyses, and bacterial work (cloning, transformation, plasmid extraction, protein expression and isolation)
  • Experience in protein work (western blotting) and cell culture (both primary cells and cell lines).
  • Experience in RNA seq library preparation and transcriptome analysis
  • Personal fit.

Personal skills

  • Hard-working and motivated.
  • Organized.
  • Self-directed and independent.
  • Good team working skills

We offer

  • salary NOK 495 200 - 548 600 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as research assistant (position code 1020)
  • 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 (1) cover letter statement of motivation and research interests (2) a CV (3) copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only), (4) a complete list of publications and academic works (5) list of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number).

Please note that all documents must be in English.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system.

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project.

Applicants may be called in for an interview.

Formal regulations

According to the Norwegian Freedom of 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.

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

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

Contact information

Inquiries about the position can be directed to Janna Saarela (janna.saarela@ncmm.uio.no)

About the application: Nina Modahl (ninam@ncmm.uio.no)

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