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Postdoctor - Faculty of Dentistry

Deadline: 06.06.2023

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 Faculty of Dentistry is one of the leading odontological research and educational institutions in Europe. The faculty's research groups contribute top research within several odontological fields.

In addition to educating dentists and dental hygienists, the Faculty has Ph.D program and professional-oriented specialist education. The Faculty holds significant competence in the various research and clinical disciplines, with good interdisciplinary collaboration. It is a modern faculty with approximately 420 students and approximately 420 employees. The faculty is also Norway's largest dental clinic with approximately 50,000 patient visits a year. The Faculty of Dentistry has two departments: Institute of Clinical Dentistry and Department of Oral Biology.

Job description

Department of Biomaterials at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Oslo, has a multidisciplinary team of researchers trained in molecular biology, cell biology, odontology, medicine, microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry and materials science dedicated to research focusing on development or modification of biomaterials, bone regeneration and integration of biomaterials into bone and related hard tissues. The group consist of three professors, one associate professor, two post docs and 10 PhD students.The fellowship period is for 3 years. The main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines. No one can be appointed for more than one specified period at the same institution.

More about the position

The dental field faces a crucial issue of identifying and characterizing stem cells for repair and regeneration, as recent studies suggest that odontoblasts may have differentiation plasticity. Continuous renewal occurs in the oral epithelium, which serves as a barrier between the oral environment and deeper tissues. Understanding the molecular pathways, cell cycle regulation, and gene interactions governing germ population renewal is crucial for oral bone development and tissue regeneration.

Gene-specific approaches and advanced techniques like single-cell transcriptomics and epigenetics are necessary to gain a better understanding of gene function in stem and germ cells.

Qualification requirements

We are looking for an excellent postdoctoral researcher with expertise in mouse models and human stem cell models, nanofiber fabrication and characterization, a keen interest in biomaterials and experimental studies of cell-material interactions.

In particular we currently aim to recruit a person with experience in the following techniques:

  • 2D and/or 3D in vitro cell culture models of pluripotent, mesenchymal and neural stem cells
  • Induction of differentiation and characterization using molecular and imaging techniques
  • Blow-spinning and/or electrospinning and SEM
  • Evaluation of fibers using advanced imaging methods

Note that a strong cell biology background is required.

You are expected to be involved in all parts of the project, such as: experimental design, sample design and preparation, data acquisition and analysis, publications and grant applications. Co-supervision of Ph.D. students and M.Sc. thesis students as well as attending international conferences and meetings may be required.

To qualify for this fellowship you must have completed a Ph.D. in cell biology or biochemistry, or equivalent. You may also apply if the doctoral dissertation have been submitted and approved by the evaluation committee before the application deadline.

A strong cell biology background is required and a good command of English is a prerequisite.

The successful candidate should have documented experience in most of the areas described in the bullet points above.

Personal skills

The successful candidate should have the ability to work in a structured and independent manner, independent and in synergy with colleagues and international collaborators. Good communication skills are essential.

Candidates with a well-established international research network will be preferred.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the assumed academic and personal ability on the part of the candidates to complete the project within the given time frame and publish articles in recognized international journals.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 575 400 – 657 300 per year, depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352).
  • A friendly working environment
  • An exciting research environment with a multidisciplinary profile, multicultural working environment and excellent opportunities for academic development
  • Favourable pension arrangements
  • Attractive welfare arrangements

How to apply

The application with attachments must be sent through our electronic recruiting system Jobbnorge.

The application must include:

  • Application letter stating how the candidate can contribute to the project and how she/he fits the description of the person we seek
  • CV summarizing education, positions held, details of academic work, pedagogical and administrative experience and other qualifying activities
  • List of publications
  • Copies of educational certificates and transcripts of records
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • 2 additional references, with address, telephone number, email and relationship stated
  • Documentation of English Proficiency, if educated in a non-English speaking institution. The English proficiency requirements are the same as for admission to the master's programmes at UiO, and must be documented

Please note that applications are evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

Please note that all documents must be in a Scandinavian language or English. Any translations must be notarized.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Fellow period at the University of Oslo.

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.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology.

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