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Researchers in molecular biology and cell biology of cancer

Deadline: 24.09.2020

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.


Department of Biosciences (IBV) is one of nine departments at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

Research in the department is organised in five sections covering topics within biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, cell biology, genetics, aquatic biology, toxicology, ecology, and evolutionary biology.


Education across these topics is offered for around 380 bachelor, 170 master, and 75 PhD students. With 52 permanent professors/associate professors, post-docs, researchers, technical, and administrative personnel, the Department has a total staff of 340 from more than 30 different countries. The Department aims to maintain high international standards within both research and teaching. The new bachelor program in bioscience is the first of its kind to include programming and computational modelling as core elements.

Job description

Two positions as Researchers available at the Section for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Department of Biosciences.

Each position is for a period of 3 years, and is available from as soon as possible (if desirable, the starting date may be postponed until no later than 1.1.2021).

The candidates will work in the group of Prof. Fahri Saatcioglu on a project funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The project focuses on unravelling the molecular mechanisms of stress signaling and prostate cancer (http://mn.uio.no/ibv/saatcioglu) and involves state-of-the-art molecular, biochemical, cell biological and genetic methods with basic and translational aspects. In particular, the project aims to understand the molecular details of the Unfolded Protein Response and its role in fueling prostate cancer growth and survival (recent relevant papers: Sheng et al. Nature Comm. 2019, PMID:30679434; Pallmann et al. Oncogene 2019, PMID 31312022; Jin and Saatcioglu, Trends in Cancer 2020, PMID 32061305).

We are seeking two highly motivated and skilled researchers with broad and extensive experience.

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition is to be among Europe’s leading communities for research, education and innovation. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in molecular biology, biochemistry or cell biology. If not, the doctoral dissertation must have been submitted for evaluation by the application deadline. Only applicants with an approved doctoral thesis and public defense are eligible for appointment.
  • The candidates should have extensive experience with practical laboratory work, including several of the following methods/topics: enzyme assays on recombinant proteins, recombinant DNA technology, CRISPR-mediated gene targeting of mammalian cells, mouse xenograft studies, inducible gene expression, adenoviral/lentiviral gene expression, transcriptional assays, cDNA microarray and proteomics analysis, significant bioinformatics experience, protein biochemistry, gene targeting in/work with mice, gene targeting with nanoparticles, immunohistochemistry, and confocal microscopy. Ideally, the two hired researchers will have complementary skills that cover most of these methods.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

Personal skills

  • Motivated, enthusiastic and hard-working
  • Self-driven, but also with good teamwork and social skills
  • Creative, accurate and well-organized

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented academic qualifications as well as the candidates’ motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 523 200 – 605 500 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Researcher (position code 1109)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Professionally stimulating working environment
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include

  • Cover letter (including a statement of motivation for this position, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates and academic transcript of records
  • A complete list of publications and up to 2 academic works that the applicant wishes to be particularly considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

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. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

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

For further information please contact:

For questions regarding the recruitment system Jobbnorge please contact: HR adviser Nina Holtan; phone: +47 22854424; e-mail: [email protected].

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