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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in comparative physiology

Deadline: 15.01.2020

Job description

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.

Department of Biosciences (IBV) is one of nine departments at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

Research in the department is organised in five sections covering topics within biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, cell biology, genetics,

aquatic biology, toxicology, ecology, and evolutionary biology. Education across these topics is offered for around 380 bachelor, 170 master, and 75 PhD students. With 52 permanent professors/associate professors, post-docs, researchers, technical, and administrative personnel, the Department has a total staff of 340 from more than 30 different countries. The Department aims to maintain high international standards within both research and teaching. The new bachelor program in bioscience is the first of its kind to include programming and computational modelling as core elements.

Flere stillinger fra Universitetet i Oslo

Position as postdoctoral research fellow available at Section for Physiology and Cell Biology, Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo.

The position is part of the UiO Life Science convergence environment ‘Availability and function of donor organs: Debating the dead donor rule (3DR)’. This is a collaborative project between researchers from Institute for Basic Medical Sciences (Faculty of Medicine), Faculty of Theology, Institute of Clinical Medicine (Faculty of Medicine), and Department of Biosciences (Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences). The overall aim of the project is to raise an informed public debate about organ donation, and investigate how organs from donors deceased after circulatory death (DCD) may be preserved for better function in patients. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the project, the postdoctoral fellow will be expected to collaborate closely and co-publish (to the extent relevant and possible) with the other postdoctoral fellow in the project as well as two PhD students based at the other departments.

The specific subproject for this position aims to examine and identify the molecular pathways that regulate metabolism and in particular, hypo-metabolism in the anoxia-tolerant crucian carp. The work make use of an array of methods, from physiological measurements to quantitative PCR, western blotting, immunohistochemistry, the recently developed ribosome footprint profiling and bioinformatical analyses. The project will be led by dr. Sjannie Lefevre and professor Göran Nilsson at the Department of Biosciences, where the postdoctoral fellow will be based, though collaboration with the other participants in the project is a crucial element.

The main purpose of a postdoctoral fellowship is to provide the candidates with enhanced skills to pursue a scientific top position within or beyond academia. To promote a strategic career path, all postdoctoral research fellows are required to submit a professional development plan no later than one month after commencement of the postdoctoral period.

More about the position

The fellowship period is 3 years, and includes 10 % compulsory duties assigned by UiO Life Science.

Preferred starting date is 15.04.2020 (no earlier than 01.04.2020 and no later than 15.05.2020).

No one can be appointed as a postdoctoral research fellow for more than one specified period at the same institution.

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

  • The candidate must have a PhD or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in physiology, cell biology or molecular biology. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Only applicants with an approved doctoral thesis and public defence are eligible for appointment.
  • We prefer candidates with a strong background in comparative animal physiology, combined with practical experience of basic molecular biology methods, e.g. quantitative real-time PCR, Western blotting, and immunohistochemistry. It is a requirement that the candidate has experience in planning and conducting animal experiments. Furthermore, a good ability to collaborate and participate in teamwork is required, though the candidate should also demonstrate an ability to work independently.
  • A good command of English is required.

We offer

  • salary NOK 523 200 – 605 500 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • a professionally 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

  • Application letter
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • A brief account (one page, as a separate file) of the applicant's research
  • interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • A complete list of publications and up to 3 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

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).

Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships 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

For further information please contact:

For technical questions regarding the recruitment system please contact: HR adviser Nina Holtan, phone: +47 22 85 44 24, e-mail: [email protected].

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