Researcher (temporary position) at the Department of Biomedicine

Deadline: 20.10.2022

University of Bergen

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VAt the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biomedicine, a full-time temporary position as researcher is available for 18 months. The position is associated with the large, interdisciplinary research project "Hub Molecules of Life" (HubMOL), which is jointly financed by the Research Council of Norway and the University of Bergen. The project has a temporary financing for 18 months.

About the project/work tasks:

In all living organisms, there is a subset of small coenzyme molecules that participate in thousands of biochemical reactions, thereby enabling and coordinating metabolism. In the course of evolution, the same molecules have attained more and more key roles as regulators of virtually all biological processes. HubMOL aims to unravel the mechanistic principles of how these molecules of life interact to enable and control both metabolism and signaling. The project combines world-leading competences in synthetic and analytical chemistry, biochemistry, molecular genetics, bioinformatics and advanced technology development. Through their direct association with established medical research centers (NeuroSysMed with a focus on neurodegeneration, KG Jebsen Center on Parkinson's Disease, EU Horizon2020 MESI-STRAT project on breast cancer), the core scientists will closely collaborate with clinicians to apply the findings from basic research to disease diagnostics and treatment.

The successful candidate will work in the group of Professor Mathias Ziegler at the Department of Biomedicine, who is leading studies on metabolism and signaling, closely collaborate with Professor Ines Heiland, who is an expert in metabolic modeling.

The successful candidate is expected to lead this sub-project with diligence and a high level of independence, initiative and problem-solving capacity. The position will require being constantly updated with the methodological developments and advances in the field. At the same time, this position will offer substantial opportunities for career development and growth. The candidate will work with state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation, generate extensive experimental data sets and analyze them using advanced bioinformatics methods.

  • Designing in-vitro experiments using recombinant enzymes in order to investigate catalytic properties of key enzymes
  • Designing cell culture experiments suitable for investigating mechanistic principles of how small molecules, such as NAD, control processes related to metabolism and signaling
  • Developing methodological approaches for generating high quality biological samples, suitable for -omics analysis, from cell culture
  • Developing LC-MS based methods for generating high quality data from biological samples
  • Conducting fluxomics experiments including stable isotope labeling, prepare and run samples on LC-MS-MS, correct for naturally occurring isotopes and run corresponding large-scale data analyses

Qualification and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a relevant Norwegian PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in molecular biology, or related field
  • Documented broad knowledge of metabolic pathways, in particular, NAD metabolism
  • Experience working with cell culture and genetic engineering (CRISPR-Cas etc.)
  • Proven competence in advanced methods for metabolomics and fluxomics analyses of biological samples, in particular, LC-MS (both Orbitrap and QQQ MS instrumentation)
  • Expertise in development of methodological approaches for targeted and untargeted LC-MS analysis of biological samples
  • Experience with bioinformatic tools to process LC-MS data
  • Documented competence in enzymology and protein chemistry, experience working with recombinant proteins
  • Track record of peer-reviewed publications in internationally renowned journals
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Fluent verbal and written English language skills are a prerequisite

The following skills would be advantageous:

  • Familiarity with the use of stable isotope labeling in metabolomics
  • An interest in metabolic modeling
  • Experience in teaching at university level
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently within an international environment. Proven problem-solving skills, collaborative nature, and adaptability across disciplines

We can offer:

  • Salary NOK 593 500 (code 1109, pay grade 64), specialist salary NOK 615 000 (code 1109, pay grade 66) gross p.a. for a fulltime position
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include:

  • A brief letter of application stating your motivation for the position, why you are applying and why this position is perfect for you
  • An overview of your education and work experience (CV)
  • Witnessed copies of diplomas and relevant certificates (applicants with education from other countries than Norway must enclose diplomas in both the original language and authorized translations)
  • Publications and academic work (max 10) and a list of these
  • Your PhD thesis (in PDF)
  • Two references (name and contact information)

It is very important that each of the scholarly works on which the committee should place special emphasis, is attached in its entirety.

The following premise forms the basis for the post as researcher:

  • The researcher will be a member of the research group of which the topic/project belongs to
  • The salary shall if possible be 100 % covered by external financing
  • The researcher shall actively contribute to attract external funding to the research project, both for her/his own position and other positions, from the Research Council of Norway, EU and other sources
  • The researcher is expected to have her/his research activity financed by the project of the researcher and the projects of the associated research group
  • The Head of Department may allocate work for the Researcher related to specific research projects
  • The researcher may participate in committee work and other administrative tasks within the University of Bergen
  • The researcher has no teaching duties, but is expected to supervise master students and PhD candidates when this is a natural part of the research activity of the research group
  • The researcher may apply for competence promotion according to the regulations for promotions
  • The basis for the position ceases if no further project funding and new law on state officials etc. on dismissal and preferential rights will be applied to permanent employees

General information:

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The state labour force 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.

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