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Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Cancer Biomarkers (CCBIO)

Deadline: 01.12.2019

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Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Cancer Biomarkers (CCBIO)

At the Norwegian Centre of Excellence, Centre for Cancer Biomarkers CCBIO, Department of Clinical Science, University of Bergen, a full-time temporary position as Postdoctoral Fellow (100 %) is available for a period of three (3) years. The position is part of the project “Modelling and advanced analyses of the cancer tissue microenvironment” (CCBIO Program 1) financed by Research Council of Norway.


CCBIO is directed by Professor Lars A. Akslen and is working on biomarkers in order to attain a better understanding of malignant tumors and more precise cancer treatment. The researchers have a special focus on mechanisms and biomarkers related to tumor growth and tumor-microenvironment interactions and the impact this has upon metastasis and poor prognosis. The research activity is organized in four programs: basic studies and animal models (Program 1), discovery and validation of new biomarkers (Program 2), clinical studies (Program 3), and studies on ethics, economics and priorities (Program 4). CCBIO has a strong international profile and collaborators worldwide. Read mote about CCBIO

About the project/work tasks:

The project is focused on the preclinical development of novel immunocompetent patient derived xenograft models (iPDX) of ovarian cancer and ovarian cancer organoids. The successful candidate will use a recently generated CyTOF panel for both Helios and Hyperion to develop the immunogram of ovarian cancer patients to identify both novel biomarkers of ovarian cancer and stratify patients into immunologically “hot” and “cold” samples. Subsequent generation of iPDX will explore novel diagnostic and therapeutic regimes in these models, employing novel fluorescence conjugated biomarkers, and immunotherapeutics, including small molecule and cell based therapies. Clinical implementation of the above is anticipated in the latter half of the Postdoc period. The INOVA group has previously established immunocompetent preclinical models of cell line based xenografts and FIGS.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within biomedicine or have the doctoral thesis submitted prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded at the latest within 1 May 2020.
  • The applicant must have a strong background within cancer biology or other cancer relevant medical fields
  • Experiences with molecular and morphological methods are highly desirable, e.g optical imaging, flow cytometry, mass cytometry, immunohistochemistry, cell culture is an advantage
  • Experience with preclinical animal work and hold certificates in laboratory animal handling is an advantage
  • Candidates must be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others
  • Candidates must be proficient in both written and oral English

About the position of postdoctoral research fellow:

The position of postdoctoral research fellow is a fixed-term appointment with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions. Postdoctoral fellowships are fixed term positions. You can not be employed as a postdoctoral fellow for more than one fixed term period at the same institution. Also, you cannot be employed in a postdoctoral position if you have previously held this type of position at a different institution in the region.

Upon appointment, applicants must submit a project proposal for the qualifying work including a work schedule. It is a requirement that the project is completed in the course of the period of employment.

The employee may be assigned up to 25 % required duties in the form of teaching and similar work at the department.

We can offer:

  • Exciting development opportunities as part of your role in a strong professional environment
  • Salary level 59 (code 1352/pay framework 24.3) at present NOK 523 200 gross p.a., with a degree in Medicine or Dentistry level 61 (code 1352/pay framework 24.5) at present NOK 542 400 gross p.a., with a medical specialization level 63 (code 1352/pay framework 24.7) at present NOK 563 700 gross p.a. on the government salary scale. Further promotion will be after service seniority in the position.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include:

  • a brief account of the applicant`s research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • transcripts and diplomas (applicants with education from other countries than Norway must enclose witnessed diplomas in both the original language and authorized translations) and documentation of approved doctoral thesis
  • complete list of publications
  • publications (pdf) it is important that each of the scholarly works on which the committee should place special emphasis, is attached in its entirety
  • two referees (name and contact information)

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting:

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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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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