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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Alzheimer’s disease Pharmacology

Deadline: 18.09.2020

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 two year full time Postdoctoral Research Fellow is available at the Department of Pharmacology, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo (UiO). For more information, please follow this link.

More about the position

You will be a key member in a team working on preclinical Alzheimer’s disease drug development by targeting the major genetic risk factor Apolipoprotein E (ApoE). The appointee will work at Department of Pharmacology, in a research group with significant experience in the research field. The project is collaborative, involving researchers at the Swedish biopharma company BioArctic AB, the project financier.

One main project objective is drug target validation i.e. develop and use disease models to gain increased knowledge on biological effects of a specific pharmacological intervention in ApoE-biology on Alzheimer’s disease pathogenesis. The other main objective is to design and validate experimental systems and then use them to generate predictive pharmacological efficacy and side effect readout data on drug candidates.

You will learn various experimental techniques used to study Alzheimer’s disease. This will occur in an academic setting and thus fully compatible with academic career development e.g. publishing. You will gain great insights and experience on the drug development process, an asset to anyone considering a future career in the biotech sector.

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

It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the employment period

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must have a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree that is relevant to the announced position. Successful candidates must have submitted their doctoral thesis prior to the application closing date. Appointment is dependent on an approved public defense of the doctoral thesis.
  • Background experiences relevant to the project e.g. PhD and/or first postdoctoral position in pharmacology, neuroscience, biochemistry, molecular biology or equivalent is required.
  • The candidate must have excellent command of written and oral English.
  • Experience with cell culturing, including neuronal and/or glial primary cell cultures
  • Experience studying protein structure and function with molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysical and/or microscopic techniques
  • Knowledge and experimental experience studying protein aggregation
  • Good theoretical knowledge on the brain and preferably also neurodegenerative disease
  • FELASA C accreditation allowing work with animals is an asset

Personal skills

  • Experimental proficiency, accuracy and accountability
  • Initiative and ability to independently plan new experiments
  • Good problem solving ability i.e. analytical skills and relevant theoretical knowledge
  • Constructive cooperation and communication

We offer

  • A challenging and friendly working environment
  • Salary NOK 523 200 – 583 900 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (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
  • A large degree of autonomy and flexible working hours
  • A career development programme designed for researchers at the beginning of their career: http://www.med.uio.no/english/research/postdoctoral-programme/

How to apply

The application must include:

  • A cover letter explaining why you are a great candidate for the position, including a summary of scientific work, skills, interests and motivation.
  • CV summarizing education, positions held, details of academic work, pedagogical and administrative documentation of experience and other qualifying activities.
  • A complete list of publications
  • Copies of educational certificates and transcripts of records (academic transcripts only)
  • Names of 2-3 referees stating relation to candidate and contact information (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).

In assessing the applications, there will be a special emphasis on the documented, academic qualifications, the candidate’s motivation, skills and experiences for the research project as well as personal suitability. Interviews with the most qualified candidates will be arranged.

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.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

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