Ledig stilling på Universitetet i Oslo

Blindern og Urbygningen (Foto: Wikimedia og Colourbox)
Blindern og Urbygningen (Foto: Wikimedia og Colourbox)

Researcher / Software Developer position in Computational Biology and Gene Regulation

Deadline: 24.11.2019


Universitetet i Oslo

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.

Flere stillinger fra Universitetet i Oslo

A 2-year Research Scientist / Software Developer position is available in the Computational Biology & Gene Regulation group led by Anthony Mathelier at the Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway (NCMM), University of Oslo, a Nordic EMBL partner for molecular medicine.

The group was established in 2016 and focuses on gene expression regulation and the mechanisms by which it can be disrupted in human diseases such as cancers. In a nutshell, the group develops and applies computational approaches to analyse multi-omics data to study gene expression dysregulation. The group has a long-standing commitment to the development of open-access computational software and resources like JASPAR and UniBind (see https://mathelierlab.com/software-databases/). The Computational Biology & Gene Regulation group is funded through a start-up package from the NCMM, a Young Research Talent grant from the Research Council of Norway, and an open call grant from the Norwegian Cancer Society.

See https://mathelierlab.com/ for further information.


We seek an individual highly motivated by the development of computational software and resources dedicated to the analysis of biological data. The successful candidate will be part of our multidisciplinary team implementing bioinformatics tools to support our research. This is a fantastic opportunity for a motivated individual to join our dynamic team. We are looking for applicants excited about combining computer science and life sciences. Our computational biology research programme focuses on gene expression regulation and the mechanisms by which it can be disrupted in human diseases such as cancers. In a nutshell, the group develops and applies computational approaches to analyze multi-omics data to study the binding of transcription factors to DNA and gene expression dysregulation in diseases. The selected candidate will develop, maintain, fix, and upgrade our bioinformatics pipelines, tools, and resources.

The ideal candidate will be collaborative, independent, with strong enthusiasm for science, and should have experience in developing, deploying, and maintaining bioinformatics tools and resources dedicated to the analysis of large-scale genomics data. The position is open to applicants with a background in computational biology/bioinformatics, computer science, or related fields. We offer a stimulating environment with excellent working and social benefits.


Essential requirements and skills

  • PhD degree in computational biology, bioinformatics, statistics, or computer science or a MS degree (or equivalent) with at least 3 years of experience in bioinformatics/software development.
  • Proven ability to implement bioinformatics pipelines, tools, and resources
  • Broad experience with multiple programming languages (Python, R, bash, etc.)
  • Experience with the git version control system
  • Experience with MVC development frameworks (e.g. Django or Flask)
  • Experience with relational database development (MySQL/MariaDB)
  • Ability to collaborate with researchers from different fields and at different career stages
  • Willingness to be part of a team to share knowledge and skills
  • Experience with genomics data sets
  • High drive for science
  • Proficiency in English

Advantageous skills

  • Experience with a workflow management tool like Snakemake
  • Knowledge of NoSQL databases (MongoDB or other)
  • Relevant publication record
  • Knowledge of eukaryotic gene expression regulation
  • Knowledge of molecular biology

How to apply

The application must include

  • A cover letter outlining motivations, career goals, and past achievements
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

All documents should be uploaded in PDF format.

Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “Apply for this job”.

We offer

  • Salary range NOK 479 600 - 532 300 per annum depending on qualifications for candidates with a MS degree (or equivalent) in position as Researcher (position code 1108)
  • Salary range NOK 504 700 - 583 900 per annum depending on qualifications for candidates with a PhD degree in position as Researcher (position code 1109)
  • 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

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.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact information

Inquiries about the position can be directed to:

Inquiries about the application can be directed to personnel adviser Nina Modahl at [email protected].

Apply for this job