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PhD research fellowship in Neurophysiology

Deadline: 09.06.2021

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.

Job description

Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD research fellowship in Neurophysiology at the Department of Molecular Medicine, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo. The fellowship is part of the project “Axonal dysfunctions in Dravet Syndrome” funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

The project focuses on the interaction between axonal sodium channel dysfunctions in GABAergic interneurons and neuronal network activities using a mouse model of Dravet Syndrome, a severe childhood epilepsy.

Starting date is preferably 01.09.2021 and no later than 01.11.2021.

More about the position

Research will mainly be performed using in vitro electrophysiological methods, including direct axonal recordings (Roth and Hu, 2020) and combined recordings of network oscillations (Roth et al., 2016), as well as imaging and histological techniques. The project involves local and international collaborators (Goldberg lab, USA; Draguhn lab, Germany), which contribute to the stimulating research environment in which the motivated PhD candidate will be able to conduct high quality research.

The PhD fellow must take part in the Faculty’s approved PhD program and is expected to complete the project within the set 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 3 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

  • A Master’s degree (120 ECTS) or an equivalent qualification in Neuroscience, minimum grade B (ECTS grading scale) or equivalent. The Master’s degree must include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Experience with animal research (FELASA certificate)
  • Experience with brain (slice) electrophysiology (field recordings, patch-clamp)

Personal skills

  • Highly motivated and accurate
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Ability to work both individually and as integrated member of the collaborating team

We offer

  • A salary of NOK 482 200 – 526 000 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD research fellow (position code 1017)
  • An excellent research environment with a strong neuroscience community
  • 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 stating motivation and research interests

• CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)

• Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)

• A complete list of publications and academic works

• List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail)

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. 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. We also want to have employees with diverse expertise, combinations of subjects, life experience and perspectives. We will make adjustments for employees who require this.

If there are qualified applicants with special needs, gaps in their CVs or immigrant backgrounds, we will invite at least one applicant in each of these groups to an interview.

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