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Postdoctoral position in Computational Biology and Systems Medicine

Deadline: 16.01.2021

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.


Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway (NCMM) was established in 2008 and is the Norwegian node in the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine. NCMM is a joint venture between the University of Oslo, Health Region South-East and the Research Council of Norway. From 2017 NCMM is merged with the Biotechnology Centre of Oslo and now has altogether 11 research groups. The overall objective of NCMM is to conduct cutting edge research in molecular medicine and biotechnology as well as facilitate translation of discoveries in basic medical research into clinical practice.

Job description

A 3-year postdoctoral position is available in the Computational Biology and Systems Medicine group led by Marieke Kuijjer at the Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway (NCMM), Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Nordic EMBL partner (see https://www.kuijjerlab.org/ for more information). The position is part of the recently funded project "Large-scale personalized omics networks to identify novel regulatory subtypes and targeted therapies in breast cancer" selected through the Rosa sløyfe / Pink ribbon 2020 call "Personalized breast cancer treatment" by the Norwegian Cancer Society (Kreftforeningen). The position will start in the first half of 2021.

The project aims to use large-scale, genome-wide network modeling approaches developed by the group to identify new regulatory subtypes in breast cancer. The selected candidate will model both transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulatory networks for individual breast cancer patients, integrate these networks with mutation data, and analyze them in the context of clinical features. The selected candidate will closely work with other researchers in the group to implement newly developed network analysis approaches. There will also be an opportunity to develop new approaches for genomic network analysis.

The candidate

We seek a highly motivated candidate with a track record of computational analysis of high-throughput genomics data. The candidate should be excited about applying computational tools to answer questions in systems medicine, with a focus on breast cancer. The ideal candidate is collaborative and creative, has strong programming skills dedicated to the analysis of large-scale genomics data, and has a strong publication record. Experience with analysis of large-scale genomic data sets is a requirement for this position. Experience with genomic data integration and/or biological network analysis, cancer biology and/or gene regulation is desirable. A background in breast cancer research is an advantage. The position is open to applicants with a PhD in computational biology, bioinformatics, biostatistics, cancer genomics, network science, or related fields.

Qualification requirements

  • PhD degree in computational biology, bioinformatics, biostatistics, cancer genomics, network science, or a related field. Applicants with a PhD background in biology or (bio)medicine are welcome to apply but should have documented programming skills
  • Strong publication record (including 1st authorship)
  • Proficiency in programming (such as R, Python, MATLAB, Bash)
  • Experience with analysis of high-throughput genomics data
  • Knowledge in gene regulation and/or network biology is desirable
  • Experience with high performance computing is desirable
  • Knowledge in (breast) cancer biology is and advantage
  • Professional proficiency in English
  • Willingness to work in a team environment, sharing skills and ideas, and collaborating on projects

We offer

  • We offer a salary of NOK 526 000 – 586 500 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • A professional, stimulating working environment
  • 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)
  • a detailed CV with a list of publications
  • copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • list of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, institution, e-mail and phone number and relation to the candidate)

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.

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.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact information

Inquiries about the position can be directed to Marieke Kuijjer.

For questions relating to the administrative aspects of the application, please contact Nina Modahl.

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