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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Experimental And Structure Systems Immunology Research

Deadline: 10.04.2024

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.

Department of Immunology, Institute of Clinical Medicine, The Faculty of Medicine

Job description

A 3-year full-time Postdoc position (SKO 1352 or SKO 1109) in Experimental Systems Immunology is available at the Department of Immunology, Institute of Clinical Medicine, The Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo (UiO).

More about the position

The appointment is a fulltime position and is made for a period of three years (10% of which is devoted to required duties, usually in the form of teaching activities). The position is available from March 2024 with a flexible start between March and October 2024. The position will be located in Dr. Fridtjof Lund-Johansen's lab and Dr. Greiff's laboratory (Lab for Computational and Systems Immunology, greifflab.org). The main purpose of the fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines. The position is industry-funded.

The candidate will develop experimental and computational sequence and structure-based approaches to profiling antibody-antigen binding at large-scale.

The Greiff Lab focuses on the quantitative understanding of adaptive immune receptor (antibody and T-cell receptor) specificity using high-throughput experimental and computational immunology combined with machine learning. The long-term aim is to conceive in-silico novel immunodiagnostics and immunotherapeutics using the disease-diagnostic information and therapeutic potential that is directly encoded into adaptive immune receptors. Recent publications by Dr. Greiff may be found on google scholar.

The Lund-Johansen lab focuses on array-based protein analysis for, for example, testing the specificity of antibodies to human proteins and screening for autoantibodies in serum from patients with auto-immune disease and cancer. Recent publications by Dr. Lund-Johansen may be found on google scholar

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a PhD in biology, immunology, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, molecular biology, experimental systems biology, or a related field. Prior knowledge of antibody immunology is a requirement. 
  • Molecular biology experience is an advantage. This includes the design of DNA constructs with relevant software, gene cloning, propagation of plasmids in bacteria, plasmid preparation, gene expression, and PCR.
  • Experience in techniques for screening plasmid libraries, such as phage display and yeast display is an advantage.
  • Experience in structure biology tools such as FoldX, AlphaFold, RosettaFold, Pymol is an advantage.
  • Experience in spectrometry methods is an advantage.
  • Experience in molecular dynamics is an advantage.
  • Coding abilities in R/Python are an advantage.

The Faculty of Medicine has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these positions will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

Personal skills

  • The candidate will work in a very ambitious interdisciplinary setting, which will require high flexibility, the ability to work under pressure, and the ability to work independently.
  •  Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.

We offer

  • An exciting research environment with opportunities for academic development.
  • Pay Grade 575 400 - 679 700, depending on qualifications
  • 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
  • Favorable pension arrangements

How to apply

The application must include

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
  •  CV (summarizing education, positions, and academic work - scientific publications)
  •  A complete list of publications
  •  Copies of educational certificates and transcript of records
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • 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. 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).

Applicants, who are invited for an interview, are asked to provide educational certificates, diploma or transcript of records.

Contact information

  • Associate Professor Victor Greiff, e-mail: victor.greiff@medisin.uio.no, www.greifflab.org.
  • Dr. Fridtjof Lund-Johansen, e-mail: fridtjof@gmail.com, https://www.ous-research.no/home/lund-johansen/Scientitsts/6900
  • HR-adviser Mija Nikolaisen, (questions regarding the online application form), e-mail: mija.nikolaisen@medisin.uio.n

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.

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