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Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Cell Biology

Deadline: 20.06.2023

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.

Job description

A postdoctoral fellowship position is available at the Centre for Cancer Cell Reprogramming, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo. The position is funded by the Research Council of Norway to work on the project “Mechanisms of selective autophagy in neurodegenerative disease (AUTOSELECT)” in the Autophagy group, which is also part of the Centre for Cancer Cell Reprogramming (CanCell).

The position is over a three-years period and the starting date is no later than September 1st of this year.

More about the position

The primary objectives of the AUTOSELECT project are to identify novel regulators of selective autophagy and to elucidate their role in clearance of protein aggregates (aggrephagy) and dysfunctional mitochondria (mitophagy) associated with development of neurodegenerative disease. The successful candidate should have extensive experience from experimental laboratory work in biochemistry and/or molecular cell biology (using techniques such as cell transfection, genome editing, protein expression and interaction analysis, confocal and live cell microscopy), as well as basic bioinformatics knowledge. Expertise with CRISPR/Cas9 based genome editing and/or zebrafish work would be considered an advantage.

A strong background in data analysis and presentation of results, as well as good communication and organisational skills will also be required. We are looking for a highly motivated individual with the personal prerequisites to work independently and carry out the project within the given timeframe. The candidate will also be involved in supervision of students. Emphasis will be attributed to team-working and personal skills.

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

Qualification requirements

  • Candidates must have a PhD equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in cell biology, molecular biology or equal. Successful candidates must have submitted their doctoral thesis prior to the application closing date.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Experience with the above-mentioned technology.

Personal skills

  • Ability to work in an accurate, responsible and structured way.
  • Ability to work independently as well as a part of a team.
  • Good presentation skills
  • Good laboratory skills.
  • High working capacity and productivity.
  • Motivated and solution-oriented.
  • Flexible and effective.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 594 500 – NOK 657 300 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • 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 transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone 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).

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, as well as the candidates 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 course of the period of employment.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Fellow 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.

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

For further information please contact:

  • Prof. Anne Simonsen, phone: +47 22931928, e-mail: anne.simonsen@medisin.uio.no

Questions regarding the online application form can be addressed to Senior HR Adviser Thoril Kristiansen, phone number: +47 22 84 46 99, e-mail: thoril.kristiansen@medisin.uio.no

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