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Senior Engineer 50% at CanCell - Centre for Cancer Cell Reprogramming – Bioimage Processing

Deadline: 12.06.2024

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Institute of Clinical Medicine (Klinmed) is one of three institutes under the Faculty. Klinmed is responsible for the Faculty's educational and research activities at Oslo University Hospital and Akershus University Hospital. With about 800 employees spread over approximately 425 man-labour years, Klinmed is the university's largest institute. Our activities follow the clinical activity at the hospitals and are spread across a number of geographical areas.

About the position

A 50% position as Senior Engineer (position code 1181) of 36 months duration is available at Institute of Clinical Medicine, funded by the BioImage Processing Hub project of the IT Department of University of Oslo. 

The position is funded by the IT Department of the University of Oslo under IT-Hub project “BioImage Processing Hub (BIP-Hub)”, a network supporting bioimaging core facilities at the University of Oslo. The facilities are located at Institute for Cancer Research, Montebello, Department of Microbiology, Rikshospitalet, Gaustad, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Gaustad, Department of Biosciences, Blindern, and Norwegian Centre for Molecular Medicine, Blindern. 

The main focus of the senior engineer is to guide, teach and assist researchers at the different imaging nodes (detailed above) with tasks and challenges related to analyses, processing, and visualization of complex multidimensional imaging data. The senior engineer will collaborate with current node-associated imaging experts as well as with a USIT system engineer (20%) who will be responsible for advanced image processing infrastructure (local and remote), maintenance of image processing software packages and licenses. Finally, the senior engineer will organize and run image processing teaching sessions (and workshops) for node users.

Starting date

The position is open from June 2024, but starting date is negotiable.

Work tasks

  • Set up bioimaging pipelines together with users.
  • Perform analysis of multidimensional image data (time lapse, z-stack)
  • Extract qualitative and quantitative information from images (e.g. colocalization of 2-3 fluorophores).
  • Handle and perform 3D analysis of large image and data volumes.
  • Set up on-the-fly bioimage processing workflows for microscopy
  • Establish a centralized bioimage analysis repository.
  • Organize targeted workshops, and guide people to use open-source solutions.

Qualification requirements

The applicant must:

  • hold a MSc (or equivalent) degree in cell biology, information technology, optics, or related fields 
  • have extensive experience with Bioimage processing.
  • possess coding experience with image processing applications. 
  • have experience with various open-source softwares for image processing (i.e. Napari, ImageJ).
  • have experience with biological microscopes and optics, as well as image acquisition pipelines.
  • Have experience with statistical analyses

In addition, the following qualifications will be evaluated favourably:

  • Prior experience with working in a bioscience research environment.
  • Experience with statistical computation, modeling and simulations.
  • Good user communication skills, and documented teaching skills (workshops, one-on-one).
  • Understanding of IT infrastructure for optimal communication with the USIT system engineer.

PhD degree in cell biology, information technology, optics, or related fields.

Personal skills

The candidate should be highly motivated and dedicated, and should be service minded and have strong collaboration skills. 

We offer

  • Salary NOK 646 000 - 745 000 NOK per annum depending on qualifications in position as Senior Engineer (position code 1181)
  • Dynamic and stimulating scientific environments in young, enthusiastic and motivated teams of biologists. 
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include 

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest) 
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, and other qualifying activity) 
  • A complete list of publications 
  • Transcripts of university diplomas 
  • List of at least 2 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

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

    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). 

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.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition.

Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

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