Researcher Position - Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology

Deadline: 03.10.2021

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 (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 Rector at UiB. – Read more here.

Researcher Position: Regulation of starvation-induced degrowth in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis

Researcher Position

There is a vacancy for a 2-year Researcher position at the Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology in the research group of Dr. Patrick Steinmetz. The position is funded by Sars Centre core funding. The Sars Centre belongs to the University of Bergen, and is a partner of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). The place of work will be at the Sars Centre. The preferred starting time is November 2021.

About the project/work tasks:

The research group ‘Evolution of nutrient and growth homeostasis in animals’ is interested in understanding the evolution of the cells and molecules that regulate the balance between nutrient availability and growth in animals. One of the main research lines of the lab is to study the starvation-induced degrowth of juveniles in the sea anemone Nematostella. The successful applicant will functionally investigate a subset of genes that have resulted from an ongoing, thorough RNA-Seq analysis at different starvation periods using a combination of CRISPR mutants, transgenic reporter lines, RNA-Seq analysis and confocal imaging.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree 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
  • Prior experience in working with post-larval stages of Nematostella is a requirement
  • Prior expertise in the generation and analysis of RNA-Seq datasets, the generation of CRISPR mutants and in the use of different confocal microscopy techniques (e.g. point scanner, spinning disc) are requirements
  • A strong motivation to perform research at an internationally competitive level is expected
  • The ability to work both independently and to cooperate with others in a structured manner is essential
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English is a requirement
  • The application cover letter, in English, must explain your interest in this workgroup and how your skillset matches the position

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment
  • Salary at pay grade 61 upon appointment (code 1109 / pay range 24, alternative 5), currently NOK 553.500 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
  • Good welfare benefits

Applications 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 including list of published papers and pre-prints
  • Transcripts and diplomas and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted
  • Relevant certificates/references

Please send your application with attachments electronically via JobbNorge by clicking on the button “Apply for this job”. The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language 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.

Closing date for application: 03 October 2021.

General information:

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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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