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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in RNA biology

Deadline: 01.08.2020

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.


Department of Biosciences (IBV) is one of nine departments at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Research in the department is organised in five sections covering topics within biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, cell biology, genetics, aquatic biology, toxicology, ecology, and evolutionary biology.


Education across these topics is offered for around 380 bachelor, 170 master, and 75 PhD students. With 52 permanent professors/associate professors, post-docs, researchers, technical, and administrative personnel, the Department has a total staff of 340 from more than 30 different countries. The Department aims to maintain high international standards within both research and teaching. The new bachelor program in bioscience is the first of its kind to include programming and computational modelling as core elements.

Job description

A position as postdoctoral research fellow is available at the Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo, in the research group of Professor Rafal Ciosk.

The candidate for this position will have interest in molecular mechanisms regulating mRNA fate and/or adaptation to cold, using the nematode C. elegans and mammalian cells as models. The project will involve analysing mutants, generating transgenic animals and analysing them with molecular, cellular and biochemical tools. Mammalian cells will be used for examining conservation and dissecting molecular mechanisms. For more information, see the research group’s home page.

The main purpose of a postdoctoral fellowship is to provide the candidates with enhanced skills to pursue a scientific top position within or beyond 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 commencement of the postdoctoral period.

More about the position

The appointment is a fulltime position and is made for a period of up to three years (10% of which is devoted to required duties, usually in the form of teaching activities).

Starting date: 01.01.2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.

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.

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in relevant area. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

Preferred candidates should have:

  • Experience in at least two of the following areas: molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology and imaging. Hands-on experience with genetic models (preferably C. elegans), and cell culture, will be favored.
  • Demonstrated independence and competitive publication track record.

Personal skills

We are seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic and diligent candidate, with the ambition to publish in leading journals. A successful candidate must have good interpersonal skills and be willing to work with the project PI, lab members and collaborators.

We offer

  • salary NOK 523 200 – 605 500 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • postdoctoral development programmes
  • 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

  • Application letter
  • In addition to an application letter, a statement (one page, as a separate file) of interests, describing your motivation and how your background and previous experience relate to the project in general, and how your skills fit into the research framework outlined
  • CV (summarizing positions, education, research experience, pedagogical experience, and other relevant activities)
  • Copies of educational certificates, academic transcript of records
  • A complete list of publications and unpublished work and full text (PDF) of up to 2 academic works that the applicant wishes to be particularly considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number). Please not send recommendation letters directly.

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 (certificates and transcripts in a Scandinavian language are acceptable).

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications required for this project, as well as the candidates’ motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged, if needed.

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.

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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For questions regarding the recruitment system please contact: HR adviser Nina Holtan, [email protected].

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