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PhD research fellowship in functional genomics and cancer research

Deadline: 15.09.2022

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7 500 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.


Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway (NCMM) was established in 2008 and is the Norwegian node in the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine. NCMM is a joint venture between the University of Oslo, Health Region South-East and the Research Council of Norway. From 2017 NCMM is merged with the Biotechnology Centre of Oslo and now has altogether 11 research groups. The overall objective of NCMM is to conduct cutting edge research in molecular medicine and biotechnology as well as facilitate translation of discoveries in basic medical research into clinical practice.

Job description

A three-year PhD research fellowship is available in the group of Dr. Biswajyoti Sahu at the Centre for Molecular Medicine, Norway. Our group investigates the interplay between transcription factors and oncogenes using a rationale multi-cancer approach and modern genome-wide methods for regulatory genomic features and chromatin architecture. We utilize a wide range of cutting-edge functional genomics approaches, from ChIP-seq, CUT&RUN and HiChIP to single-nuclei multiome RNA-seq and ATAC-seq assays, epigenetics analysis using single-molecule nanopore sequencing, as well as CRISPR-based approaches for genome editing. We offer a position in an ambitious and inter-disciplinary team and an exciting project focusing on the role of transcription factors and enhancer malfunction in development of human cancer. The PhD student will also benefit from career development programs offered both at UiO as well as the Nordic EMBL network of the Centre for Molecular Medicine, Norway.

Qualification requirements

We seek highly motivated individuals with an excellent track record and a strong drive for academic research. Ideal candidate will have:

  • A Master’s degree in biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology or a related area
  • Hands-on experience in molecular biology methods and mammalian cell culture
  • Ability to work independently and to operate as a team player in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

Prior experience in generation and/or analysis of high-throughput omics datasets is considered a plus.

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

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

We offer

  • Salary NOK 501 200 - 553 500 per annum depending on qualifications for a position as PhD Research fellow, (position code 1017)
  • An exciting project utilizing cutting-edge functional genomics methods to understand molecular basis of human cancer
  • A position in an ambitious, multi-disciplinary and well-resourced group that is comprised of both wet-lab and computational scientists
  • 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

For more information about our current research operations and our latest publications (including Sahu et al, Nature Genetics, 2022; Sahu et al, Oncogene, 2021), see here. The new lab at the NCMM Norway will open in September 2022, and the advertised position is available immediately.

How to apply

The application must include

  • Cover Letter stating motivation and research interests
  • A recent CV with a complete list of scientific publications
  • Copies of certificates and grades with explanation of the grading system
  • Two–three reference letters with contact details of the referees (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.

Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis till a suitable candidate is found.

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.

Contact information

Inquiries about the positions can be directed to Group Leader Dr. Biswajyoti Sahu: [email protected]i

Inquiries about application can be directed to HR-adviser Nina Modahl: [email protected]

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