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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Electronics / Medical Technology

Deadline: 28.03.2023

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.

The research at the Department of Physics covers a broad range of subfields within physics and technology: From space research to medical physics. A good proportion of the research is interdisciplinary, and conducted in close cooperation with collaborators in Norway and abroad.

Education and teaching are other essential activities. We offer a broad range of courses, and the Department is involved in several study programmes at bachelor’s and master’s level. Some of the best lecturers in Norway are amongst our employees, and we are proud of our prizewinning teaching and learning environment. The Department has 200 employees, of which 50 are permanent scientific positions. On a yearly basis 20 students complete their Ph.D. and 50 finish their M.Sc. degree.

Job description

A position as Postdoctoral Researcher is available at the Department of Physics under the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

The position is for a period of three years with starting date 01.08.2023.

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Oslo.

More about the position

The Electronics Section at the Department of Physics hosts research groups involved in several disciplines, typically developing sensor technologies and instrumentation for areas such as subsea research, space physics, high-energy physics, and medical technology. The latter area includes Oslo Bioimpedance and Medical Technology Group (OBMTG), which also hosts members from the Oslo University Hospital.

OBMTG collaborates with groups at the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences (Faculty of Medicine) in a large interdisciplinary project, “Smartsense”, financed by the Norwegian Research Council. The project proposes to investigate, in a mouse model, how adolescence sleep deprivation elicits long-term metabolic imbalance. We will develop mouse models and new sensors to wirelessly monitor brain-fat tissue communication in real-time. With such techniques, we will study how sleep deprivation during adolescence affects fat tissue development and the emergence of metabolic disorders later in life. One of our core hypotheses is that this long-term effect is written on top of our DNA during adolescence and remains for the rest of our life, as an epigenetic memory. Our ambition is to understand whether sleep would be a new therapeutic target for prevention and treatment of obesity and other metabolic disorders.

The successful applicant will become an active member of the Smartsense project and contribute to the development of relevant instrumentation. In particular, the candidate will be involved in design of a miniaturized platform for electrical and electro-chemical measurements in adipose tissues. The position also includes 10% teaching duties at the Department of Physics.

The main purpose of a postdoctoral fellowship is to provide the candidates with enhanced skills to pursue a scientific career in or outside academia. To promote a strategic career path, all postdoctoral research fellows are required to submit a professional development plan no later than one month after start of the postdoctoral period.

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition is to be among Europe’s leading communities for research, education, and innovation. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

Required qualifications:

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in physics, electronics, or biomedical engineering. The doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Only applicants with an approved doctoral thesis and defense are eligible for appointment.
  • Documented experience with:
    • Designing electronic circuits
    • Working with biomedical sensors
    • Artificial intelligence (AI) / machine learning
    • Python programming
  • High-level oral and written English skills.

Desired qualifications:

Experience with:

  • Bioimpedance research over a broad frequency range.
  • Explainable AI.
  • Probabilistic modelling.
  • Animal testing.
  • Teaching.

Personal skills:

  • Good social and collaboration skills, and the ability to work independently and in an interdisciplinary scientific environment.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 544 400 – 604 400 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (position code 1352)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Professionally stimulating working environment
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Postdoctoral development programmes
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their 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). The candidate must clearly state why he/she is motivated for this particular position.
  • CV (summarizing education, previous positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, academic transcript of records
  • A complete list of publications
  • 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).

Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

Formal regulations

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

If an applicant has applied for and been granted funding for a fulltime research stay abroad while being employed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, the employment will be prolonged with the equivalent time as the research stay, but for no longer than of twelve months (thus extending the employment to a maximum of four years).

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 a.o.

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 questions regarding Jobbnorge, please contact HR Adviser Elin Thoresen, e-mail: [email protected].

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