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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neuroscience

Deadline: 11.04.2023

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 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 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in neuroscience at The Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Department for Molecular Medicine (Anatomy), University of Oslo (UiO).

The Postdoctoral fellowship is funded by UiO and will be linked to the project “Aquaporin water channels in health and disease” project.

More about the position

The fellowship period is 2 years, and is devoted to carrying out a project on the role of aquaporin water channels in brain physiology and during disease processes. Aquaporins are channel-forming membrane proteins expressed throughout the body. Brain contains several aquaporins, where aquaporin-4 (AQP4) is the predominant aquaporin expressed in astrocytes.

In this project we will study the effect of a mutation in the Aqp4 gene, on its various functions in vivo and in vitro. The project will focus on a mouse model with this mutation and will include behavioral tests combined with molecular biology and imaging techniques.

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

Qualification requirements

  • A PhD degree in molecular biology, neuroscience or similar fields
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Extensive hands-on experience with at least two of the following experimental techniques: molecular biology (RNA, DNA work, qPCR), Western blotting, confocal immunofluorescence imaging
  • Candidates with prior knowledge about neuroscience, astrocyte biology, and additional experience of working with laboratory animals, preparation of cell cultures will be prioritized

Personal skills

The following personal skills will be considered beneficial during evaluation of applications:

  • Highly motivated and accurate candidate
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as integrated member of interdisciplinary teams
  • Good communication skills

We offer

  • Salary NOK 544 400 – 626 300 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as Postdoctor, (position code 1352)
  • 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 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 and phone 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).

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the applicant’s prior laboratory experience and academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. Relevant and qualified applicants will be called in for an interview.

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

  • Professor: Amiry-Moghaddam Mahmood Reza, e-mail: m.r.amiry-moghaddam@medisin.uio.no

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