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Postdoctoral Fellow Position at the Sars Centre: Neural Development in Nematostella

Deadline: 02.08.2019

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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.


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Postdoctoral Fellow position

There is a vacancy for a 2 year postdoctoral fellow position at the Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology (www.sars.no/) in the research group headed by Dr. Fabian Rentzsch. The position is available from September 2019. The Sars Centre belongs to the University of Bergen, and is partner of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) www.embl.de/. The place of work will be at the Sars Centre.

About the project/work tasks:

The Rentzsch group studies neurogenesis in the cnidarian Nematostella vectensis with the aim to understand cellular, molecular and evolutionary aspects of nervous system development (see Richards and Rentzsch, Development, 2014 and 2015). In this project we aim to characterize the function of transcription factors expressed in neural progenitor cells by analyzing existing mutants for these genes. In addition, CRISPR/Cas9 will be used to generate additional mutants for further analyses. The successful candidate has the opportunity to contribute to the development of the project in line with his/her interests.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within biology or molecular biology or must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded
  • Experience or a strong interest in developmental biology, evo-devo questions and molecular biology methods is required
  • Ability to work both independently and in close collaboration with others in a structured manner
  • Personal communication skills to interact with the scientific environment are required
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment
  • Salary at pay grade 59 upon appointment (code 1352), currently NOK 523.200 gross p.a. A higher salary may be considered for a particularly well qualified applicant. Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise)
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application in English must include:

  • A cover letter that includes brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • CV
  • List of publications
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be the main advisor for the PhD programme.
  • Transcripts and diplomas and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted
  • Relevant certificates/references

Please send your application with attachments electronically via JobbNorge by clicking on the button “Apply for this job” - see here. If your diploma, grade transcripts and other documentation are in a language other than English, you must upload certified translations of these (diploma and grade transcripts in a Scandinavian language are acceptable). 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: August 2nd, 2019

General information:

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The state labour force shall reflect on the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance amomg employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. 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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