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PhD Research Fellow in cellular biology and molecular biology

Deadline: 15.02.2024

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 350 bachelor, 250 master, and 120 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.

About the position

Position as PhD Research Fellow in cellular biology and molecular biology is available at the Department of Biosciences at the University of Oslo. 

The fellowship period is 3 years.

Starting date no later than October 1, 2024.

A fourth year may be considered with a workload of 25 % that may consist of teaching, supervision duties, and/or research assistance. This is dependent upon the qualification of the applicant and the current needs of the department.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

Job description

This project aims at characterizing novel molecular mechanisms by which sumoylation regulates gene expression and chromatin in preadipocytes and during adipocyte differentiation. The proposed research also has biomedical relevance, with implications ranging from obesity to metabolic disorders and regenerative medicine. The project will be conducted using mouse and human cells with the possibility to use mouse models. We use traditional biochemistry and cell biology methods as well as state of the art genomics, transcriptomics and mass spectrometry technics. The PhD will be supervised by Ass. Prof. Pierre Chymkowitch. The Chymkowitch lab investigates the transcriptional regulation of gene expression by the Small Ubiquitin-like modifier SUMO.

Our group is collaborating with leading laboratories in Norway, Denmark, Switzerland and France and this research will be performed within the Section for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Department of biosciences. Research areas within the section encompass gene regulation, enzymology, and structure-function studies of proteins. Several of our research groups are leaders in their respective fields, with vast networks of national and international collaborators. 

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition to be among Europe’s leading communities for research, education and innovation. 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.

We thus seek a self-driven and highly motivated and competent candidate, with the following formal qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Biochemistry, Molecular Cell Biology, or equivalent
  • Foreign completed degree (M.Sc.-level) corresponding to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience with cell culture and cell biology technics (applied to adipogenesis would be a plus)
  • Molecular biology (RT-qPCR, cloning, purification of nucleic acids, etc)
  • Biochemistry (Protein purification / extraction, chromatography, Immunoprecipitation, etc)
  • Experience with either RNA-sequencing, ChIP-sequencing, ATAC-seq would be a plus
  • Knowledge of transcription, chromatin and epigenetic regulation
  • Good presentation and communication skills
  • Bioinformatics applied to NGS or mass spectrometry
  • Confocal microscopy
  • Scientific writing

Candidates without a master’s degree have until 30 June 2024 to complete the final exam.

Grade requirements:

The norm is as follows:

  • The average grade point for courses included in the Bachelor’s degree must be C or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • The average grade point for courses included in the Master’s degree must be B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • The Master’s thesis must have the grade B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • English requirements for applicants from outside of EU/ EEA countries and exemptions from the requirements

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. 

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programme must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position.

For more information see here.

Personal skills

The candidate must be hard-working and self-driven but yet feature team-working skills in order to achieve scientific goal but also maintain a professional and friendly work environment. 

We offer

  • Salary NOK 532 200 – 575 400 per annum depending on qualifications and seniority as PhD Research Fellow (position code 1017)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement 
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Career development programmes
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their 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 - scientific publications)
  • Copies of the original Bachelor and Master’s degree diploma and transcripts of records
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Documentation of English proficiency if applicable
  • List of publications and academic work 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 (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.

Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and 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.

UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

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.

Contact information

For further information about the position please contact: Ass. Professor Pierre Chymkowitch, e-mail: pierrech@ibv.uio.no 

For questions regarding Jobbnorge, please contact HR Adviser Nina Holtan, e-mail: nina.holtan@mn.uio.no

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