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PhD Research fellow in Immunology and molecular biology

Deadline: 15.06.2022

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 Clinical Medicine (Klinmed) is one of three institutes under the Faculty. Klinmed is responsible for the Faculty's educational and research activities at Oslo University Hospital and Akershus University Hospital. With about 800 employees spread over approximately 425 man-labour years, Klinmed is the university's largest institute. Our activities follow the clinical activity at the hospitals and are spread across a number of geographical areas.

Department of immunology, Division of Laboratory Medicine, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine

Job description

A 3-year PhD Research Fellowship (position code 1017) in immunology and molecular biology is available in the Department of immunology, Division of Laboratory Medicine, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine.

The project is located at the Department of immunology, in the research group of Dr. Johanne Jacobsen, as a part of an ERC-funded project.The successful candidate will join a highly integrated and motivated team with diverse skills and expertise across molecular and cellular biology with a key focus on immunology.

More about the position

The candidate for this position will work to understand the molecular processes involved in driving and terminating the Germinal Center reaction. The Germinal Center reaction is responsible for shaping our adaptive immune response. Mounting a successful response to pathogens depends on how long the Germinal Center reaction can be maintained. This is driven by T cells, but the factors underpinning the process remain unknown. The PhD candidate will work to discover the T cell factors controlling the duration of the Germinal Center reaction. This will be done with a combination of novel approaches including molecular tools for labeling cellular interactions, and microscopy techniques for labeling and extracting distinct compartments of cells in mouse model systems. The project necessitates extensive bioinformatics for single cell RNA seq analysis. Bioinformatics background is strongly encouraged.

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. For more information, please see our web site.

Qualification requirements

We are looking for a highly motivated and structured candidate with molecular biology and preferable bioinformatics skills, and with basic knowledge of immunology.

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent with specialization in molecular biology
  • Experience in immunology and RNA-seq and high throughput sequencing is considered an advantage

Personal skills

  • Strong practical and analytical skills
  • Good communication, social and collaboration skills
  • High drive for science
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

We offer

  • salary NOK 491 200 – 534 400 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow, (position code 1017)
  • 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)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • A complete list of publications with brief statements of candidate contributions
  • List of 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 eventuelt “project description” and 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.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship 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 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.

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.

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