Researcher Position: Developmental and Functional Neurobiology

Deadline: 31.05.2021

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:

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. Marios Chatzigeorgiou. 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 July 2021.

About the project/work tasks:

Work in the Chatzigeorgiou group focuses on studying the evolution, development and function, of chordate nervous systems, using the invertebrate chordate Ciona intestinalis as a model organism. We perform developmental and functional studies with the aim to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the ability of Ciona larvae to sense and respond to the external world using a combination of in vivo, in vitro and in silico approaches. This project will characterise at multiple levels the development and function of neuronal circuits using advanced microscopy methods in combination with Genetically Encoded Indicators, genome editing and computer modelling. It is expected that the successful applicant also collaborates with other members of the workgroup, including students and postdocs.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a Ph.D. (at least equivalent to a Norwegian Ph.D.) in physics or biology or must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the Ph.D. has been awarded
  • Experience with advanced light imaging techniques and quantitative analysis of biological phenomena is essential
  • Evidence for proficiency in advanced light imaging and computational modelling of molecular and/or cellular processes is essential. This should come in the form of previous publications in respected peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience working with model and/or non-model organisms will be viewed favourably
  • Evidence for collaborating with others and teaching junior lab members or interns will be viewed favourably
  • Some weekend duties may be required depending on project development, e.g for animal culture
  • Proficient written and spoken English is essential, and evidence for communicating results effectively (e.g. writing articles, presenting work at conferences) will be viewed favourably
  • 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 545.300 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
  • 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”. 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: 31 May 2021.

General information:

Further information about the position can be obtained from:

The state workforce shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. 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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Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

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