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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Molecular Medicine

Deadline: 05.02.2020

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 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.

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Applicants are invited for a 3 year position as Postdoctoral Fellow in neuroscience and epilepsy to be based at the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences (IMB), University of Oslo.

More about the position

The position is linked to a project on unraveling pathogenesis of epilepsy and characterization of glutamine/amino acid transporters and other proteins involved. The candidate will be part of Professor Farrukh A. Chaudhry’s group (http://bit.ly/2mWClTM). However, the candidate will also work in other laboratories at the University of Oslo and Oslo University Hospital.

Chaudhry group investigates amino acid transporters and metabolizing enzymes to elucidate their functional roles in neuronal signaling and in neuropathology such as epilepsy and dementia (See e.g. Qureshi et al., Cereb Cortex, 2019; Moen et al., Brain, 2016; Hamdani et al., Glia, 2012; Nissen-Meyer et al., J Neurosci, 2011). We use a multidisciplinary approach to investigate the molecular mechanisms involved in their function and regulation, and translate these findings to clinics.

The candidate is expected to do in vitro protein characterization, generate genetically modified mice, establish disease models as well as working on human material. It involves identification of novel proteins and their interacting partners and characterization of the phenotype of genetically modified mice with focus on perturbed neurotransmitter synthesis and synaptic plasticity.

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian PhD doctoral and a strong academic background.
  • It requires prior experience in molecular biology and generation of genetically modified mice and disease models.
  • It requires strong experience in cell biology and biochemistry to study the secretory pathways and reveal protein modifications and interactions.
  • Candidates with prior clinical experience will be prioritized.
  • It requires motivation to contribute to a strong cooperation between the groups involved.
  • Good knowledge of spoken and written English is required.

Personal skills

  • Individual suitability for the project
  • Good cooperation skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Must be willing to perform part of the project in other laboratories
  • Other members of the research group should have benefit of the candidate’s expertise
  • Highly motivated individuals who enjoys working in an international and interactive environment are welcome to apply

We offer

  • salary NOK 523 200 – 583 900 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)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities)
  • Copies of educational certificates (including classes attended and grades obtained).
  • A complete list of publications
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Names and contact details of 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).

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications as well as the candidate’s motivation and personal suitability. 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.

No one can be appointed as a postdoctoral fellow for more than one specified 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.

Contact information

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