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Ph.D research fellowship in immunological response to dental implants

Deadline: 04.12.2022

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 Faculty of Dentistry is one of the leading odontological research and educational institutions in Europe. The faculty's research groups contribute top research within several odontological fields.

In addition to educating dentists and dental hygienists, the Faculty has Ph.D program and professional-oriented specialist education. The Faculty holds significant competence in the various research and clinical disciplines, with good interdisciplinary collaboration. It is a modern faculty with approximately 450 students and approximately 450 employees. The faculty is also Norway's largest dental clinic with approximately 55,000 patient visits a year. The Faculty of Dentistry has two departments: Institute of Clinical Dentistry and Department of Oral Biology.

Job description

Applicants are invited for a 3-year position as Ph.D research fellowship in novel endosseous implantable biomaterials to be based at The Department of Biomaterials, Institute of Clinical Dentistry, University of Oslo.

Infection on dental implants (peri-implantitis) is a growing complication in the clinic. There is no clear soliution to this problem and the clinicans are unsure which mitigation measures is the most effective one. A large Norwegian Research Council project (MISFAITH) is investigating different measure to treat peri-implantitis. The PhD work will be part of the MISFAITH research group. In order to investigate the immunological response to endosseous biomaterials after mechanical and chemical debridement, the University of Oslo is looking for a Ph.D candidate with experience in immunology with implantable materials research.

More about the position

The appointment is a full-time, 3-year position planned to start early 2023. The position will be based at the Department of Biomaterials, Institute of Clinical Dentistry, University of Oslo. The appointed candidate will take part in an international team to build novel biomaterials, perform biological test on novel methods to clean infected dental materials.

Starting date: as soon as possible

The main purpose of the fellowship is to qualify candidate for learning and work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

For more information, please see our web site.

Your tasks:

Investigate immunological reaction on titanium surface after removal of biofilms.

  • Establish immunological model to investigate early host response to titanium
  • Investigate the bio-safety, bio-activity and host immuno-compatibility of new biomaterials in-vitro, with basic and high-throughput research model.
  • Analyze data and organize scientific paper.
  • Potential commercial translation of new materials

Qualification requirements

  • By the start date of this Ph.D position, the candidate must hold a Master degree in immunology (preferred) or biochemistry, biotechnology, cell biology, biomedicine (Required).
  • Knowledge framework and working experience of host innate immunological research, including but not limited to the inflammatory functions of monocytic lineage cells (monocytes, macrophages. etc), PMNs as well as complement activation .etc. (Required).
  • Well experienced in cell biological research and primary cell culture and related molecular-biological techniques, such as cell sorting, flow-cytometry, transfection, co-culture, qPCR, western blot, ELISA, high-throughput research techniques. (Required).
  • Working knowledge about peri-implantable device infection and inflammation and related analysis (Preferred).
  • Working knowledge of data analysis and image generation, such as confocal data analysis and diagram drawing, .etc. (Preferred).
  • Ability to cooperate, work in an international and multi-cultural team, and carry out research projects independently
  • The Master’s thesis must have the grade B or better in the Norwegian educational system.
  • Publications in international-peer reviewed scientific journals will be advantageous
  • English requirements for applicants from outside of EU/EEA countries and exemptions from the requirements:
  • Publishing records in prestigious international peer-reviewed journals.

Personal skills

  • Ability to conduct high-quality independent research within a broad collaboration
  • Interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Willingness to work together with PhD and/or Master/Bachelor students in specialty field
  • Self-motivation, creativity, genuine curiosity about the subject, work discipline, professional ethics, and ambition
  • Strong practical and analytical skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Good social and collaboration skills
  • Ability to work independently and in an interdisciplinary scientific environment
  • High drive for science

We offer

  • Salary NOK 501 200 – 544 400 per annum depending on qualifications and seniority as PhD Research Fellow (position code 1017)
  • Competitive working environment and collaborating opportunities with other international research groups.
  • 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

  • Application letter (2 pages max) stating the motivation for applying for this position (required)
  • CV (4 pages max, summarizing education, GPA, positions, method competence, academic work and scientific publications)
  • Names and contact details of 3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
  • Documentation of English proficiency, if applicable
  • 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 (or a Scandinavian language).
  • In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, as well as the candidate’s motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best-qualified candidates will be arranged.
  • It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the period of employment.
  • If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Your education must be accredited in the country where you studied. Accreditation is an official recognition that the university or university college implements the course of study in accordance with international standards. Information about the education systems of different countries and the most common degrees in the country of study is available in NOKUT’s country database. You can also check the following database here

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.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to University of Oslo.

Contact information

The inquiries regarding the technical aspects of the application can be directed to Maria Nesteby, Senior Adviser HR

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