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Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in human T cell immunology

Deadline: 30.06.2021

Job description

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.

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Applicants are invited for a 2 year full-time position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352) in human T cell immunology to be based at the the K.G. Jebsen Coeliac Disease Research Centre, University of Oslo.

The project is located at the research group of Professor Ludvig M. Sollid at the KG Jebsen Coeliac Disease Research Centre, Department of Immunology, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine. For more details about the center, please visit the web site at this link.

More about the position

The main objective of the position is to analyse T cell immune responses in blood samples collected from participants of a clinical trial at the center. This clinical trial is a proof-of-concept study to target the metabolism of activated gluten specific T-cells in celiac disease. The candidate will be in charge of collection and analysis of blood samples collected as part of the trial. Specifically, this will involve isolation of gluten specific T-cells and phenotyping by multicolor flow cytometry, single cell isolation and sequencing of T cell receptors by next generation sequencing. (stilling/prosjekt, finansieringsgrunnlag, arbeidsoppgaver, samarbeidspartnere, metode/analysearbeid og beskrivelse av stillingen, feltarbeid, plassering, muligheter i stillingen osv.)

The project is focused on the concept of targeting gluten specific CD4+ T cells as a potential cure for celiac disease. Research from the center has demonstrated that gluten specific CD4+ T-cells have a very narrow phenotype and a metabolic program that together can be exploited to specifically target and remove these cells.

The center has initiated a clinical trial (NCT04806737) where participants with well treated celiac disease will be subjected to a short-term gluten challenge together with placebo or the drug Teriflunomide, which inhibits oxidative phosphorylation in recently activated T cells. The project of the candidate is to monitor the gluten specific T-cell response in blood by flow cytometry and T cell receptor sequencing. The candidate is therefore required to have extensive experience from work with human T-cells isolated from blood and strong laboratory skills in methodology relevant for the projects (see “Qualification requirements” for further details.)

A main goal of the K.G. Jebsen Coeliac Disease Research Centre is to translate advances in the basic understanding of the pathogenesis of coeliac disease to the clinic – to improve disease diagnostics, to implement novel treatments and to identify new therapeutic targets for this common disease. The work of this project explores a ground-braking and novel approach to cure coeliac disease.

The successful applicant will join a 20-member group within an interactive multidisciplinary centre of scientists, in a strong academic environment, focusing on immune dysregulation in autoimmune disease (see this and this for further information).

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

Qualification requirements

  • We are looking for a highly motivated and structured candidate with excellent laboratory skills and good collaborative qualities.
  • For appointment, the applicant must have a project-relevant PhD degree. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved. Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for Postdoctoral research Fellows.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.

The following qualifications are required for the position and will count in the assessment of the applicants:

  • wet-lab experience with human T-cells and multiparameter flow cytometry
  • wet-lab experience with single cell and bulk TCR sequencing from cells isolated from blood
  • experience with analysis of immune cell receptor sequencing data
  • strong organizational and project management skills
  • a strong publication list
  • research background in human immunology and autoimmune, gastrointestinal disease is advantageous.

We offer

  • salary NOK 534 400 – 594 300 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)
  • Eventually project description, including progress plan (max. X pages)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • a complete list of publications
  • x numbers of academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered
  • 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. 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, the project description (whenever this is required in the call for applicants), and the quality of the project 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.

Preferred accession: 01. 09. 2021

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. We also want to have employees with diverse expertise, combinations of subjects, life experience and perspectives. We will make adjustments for employees who require this.

If there are qualified applicants with special needs, gaps in their CVs or immigrant backgrounds, we will invite at least one applicant in each of these groups to an interview.

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