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PhD Candidate in Immunology

Deadline: 07.04.2024

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 Basic Medical Sciences overall objective is to promote basic medical knowledge in order to understand normal processes, provide insight into mechanisms that cause illness, and promote good health. The Institute is responsible for teaching in basic medical sciences for the programmes of professional study in medicine and the Master's programme in clinical nutrition. The Institute has more than 300 employees and is located in Domus Medica.

Job description

Applications are invited for a three-year position in a Research Fellowship as PhD Candidate in Immunology to be based at the Division of Anatomy, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo. For the right candidate a four-year position, which also includes 25% teaching, supervision and/or administrative duties, may be possible.

The PhD candidate will be part of the innate immune receptor research group led by Prof. Michael Daws.

More about the position

Cancer cells frequently display abnormal glycosylation patterns on their cell-surface proteins and lipids, offering potential tumor biomarkers for precise disease monitoring. Furthermore, the unique glycan profiles of tumors provide appealing targets for cancer immunotherapy. This project seeks to exploit tumor-specific glycosylation for the creation of novel diagnostic tools and immunotherapeutic approaches.

The research fellow must take part in the Faculty’s approved PhD program and is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period. The main purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The applicant must, in collaboration with her/his supervisor, within three months after employment, have worked out a complete project description to be attached to the application for admission to the doctoral program. 

Qualification requirements

  • applicants must hold a Master’s degree (120 ECTS) or equivalent qualification in immunology or molecular cell biology, with a minimum grade B (ECTS grading scale). The Master’s degree must include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS.
  • excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • In addition it will be an advantage with experience in flow cytometry, protein production and advanced cell and molecular biology techniques.

Personal skills

We are looking for a candidate who

  • is scientifically curious, proactive and driven to succeed
  • is able to work independently and function effectively as part of a team
  • has an exceptional work ethic
  • enjoys reading scientific literature
  • has good presentation skills
  • has the ability to laugh in the face of adversity

We offer

  • salary NOK 532 200 - 575 400 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow, (position code 1017)
  • an exciting research project conducted within a stimulating and friendly environment that fosters intellectual growth and collaboration
  • 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 and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • a complete list of publications and academic works
  • list of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link: “Apply for this job”. 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).

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. Applicants may be called in for an interview.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research 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 appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

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

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