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PhD Research Fellowship in Biochemistry

Deadline: 17.09.2020

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, Sognvannsveien 9, 0316 Oslo.

Job description

Applications are invited for a 3-4 year position in a Research Fellowship as a PhD Candidate in Biochemistry to be based at the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo.

More about the position

The fellowship period is 3 years and devoted to carrying out part of the following project “Fibroblast Growth Factor 19, Pregnane X Receptor and the musculoskeletal system”.

There exists a possibility to extend this period to 4 years with a compulsory workload of 25% that consists of teaching and supervision duties and research assistance.

The main goal of the project is to better understand the role of FGF19 and PXR on the musculoskeletal system, and aims to expand our previous findings in the field (B. Benoit et al. Fibroblast growth factor 19 regulates skeletal muscle mass and ameliorates muscle wasting in mice Nature Medicine, 2017). Research activities will take place in the group headed by Dr. Jérôme Ruzzin (https://www.med.uio.no/imb/english/research/groups/xenobiotics-and-metabolism/index.html).

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 his supervisor, within two 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 visit our web site

https://www.med.uio.no/english/research/phd/index.html .

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree in a relevant field such as biochemistry, biology, molecular biology. A Master’s degree (120 ECTS) or an equivalent qualification, minimum grade B (ECTS grading scale) or equivalent. The Master’s degree must include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS
  • Experience with cells (skeletal muscle and bone cells) and/or mouse experiments is required
  • Authorization to work with animal research is necessary (LAS301)
  • Excellent fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Contribution to peer-reviewed article publication will be considered as highly positive

Personal skills

We are seeking a highly motivated, creative and skilled candidate with a strong work ethics and background in molecular biology, biochemistry, biology or related field. The candidate must be able to work independently, but also have good interpersonal skills and desire to contribute to strengthening the research environment.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 479 600 – 523 200 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 and statement of motivation (the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only) and master thesis
  • Documentation of english proficiency (if applicable)
  • A complete list of publications and academic works (if applicable)
  • 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. 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.

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.

Contact information

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