PhD Research Fellow in EU doctoral network "MyoTreat": Cone Opsin Genetics and Myopia (DC1)

Deadline: 01.11.2023

University of South-Eastern Norway

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The Faculty of Health and Social Sciences have a vacancy for a position as PhD Research Fellow in EU doctoral network "MyoTreat": Cone Opsin Genetics and Myopia (DC1)

About the position

The Faculty of Health and Social Sciences has a vacancy for a 100% position as PhD Research Fellow in Cone Opsin Genetics and Myopia (DC1) at the National Centre for Optics, Vision, and Eye Care from 01.03.2024. 

The position is located at the of Optometry, Radiography and Lighting Design and reports to the Head of Department. The place of employment is at the University’s Campus Kongsberg. 

The employment period will be three years of full time with no teaching obligations. 

The vacant position is part of the Horizon Europe MSCA doctoral training network, "Myopia: from genes and environment to cellular responses and Treatment" (MyoTreat). The network will include a total of 14 PhD candidates around Europe with 2 PhD candidates based in the Colour Vision and Retinal Imaging Laboratory headed by Prof. Rigmor C. Baraas

About the PhD-project

The doctoral candidate will investigate the influence of environmental factors and gene-environment interactions on myopia development. The position will provide state-of-the-art training in vision research using non-invasive optical measuring techniques and molecular genetics research methods with application to myopia. 

The PhD candidate will work on a project addressing the role of L:M cone ratio and cone opsin genes in myopia and hyperopia susceptibility (DC1). The doctoral candidate will combine molecular analyses and questionnaire data, (and possibly also with ocular measures and electrophysiology) to provide new insights about the association in cone opsin genetics and refractive error phenotype, and explore their interaction with lifestyle exposures. The project aim is to improve the diagnostic methods and treatment options for myopia. The PhD candidate will benefit from networking with, and secondment to, other project partners to gain understanding and access knowledge from others. 

Eligibility criteria

The candidate:

  • shall not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies etc.) in Norway for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the recruitment date (unless as part of a compulsory national service or a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention).
  • shall not already be in possession of a doctoral degree (*).
  • can be of any nationality.

*Researchers who have successfully defended their doctoral thesis but who have not yet formally been awarded the doctoral degree will not be considered eligible.


Applicants to the PhD position must have a master’s degree (120 ECTS) equivalent higher education qualifications in vision science and/or molecular biology or closely related field. The degree must be accomplished before application deadline. 

The candidate should have high motivation with an interest in myopia research with knowledge of molecular biology and eye biology/physiology. Excellence in oral and written English must be documented, and the candidate should have good presentation skills. The candidate should have a good background in statistics, and it is desirable with hands-on knowledge of molecular biology. 

The candidate should have the ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team. Personal suitability for the post will be emphasised. 

It is a requirement that the successful applicant is granted admission to the university’s doctoral programme in Ecology/Natural Science or in Person, Health, and Society within three months of accession in the position. For admission to the Programme the weighted average grade is B or higher is usually required. 

Co-operation between staff members is an integrated part of the working atmosphere at the University of South-Eastern Norway. The candidate must be motivated and demonstrate a proven ability to work effectively within a team and in a collegiate manner to formulate and realise common objectives. 

Doctoral candidates will be selected based on scientific qualification and experience, research interest, additional knowledge/skills, and their motivation to participate in an intersectoral research-training programme.

We offer

  • Modern, state-of the art laboratories, facilities, and equipment
  • Participation in training activities of the international and intersectoral MyoTreat network.
  • We also promote participation in national and international conferences.
  • A stimulating and growing research environment, with good opportunities to develop your career and your academic skills.
  • A good social environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits in the State Pension Plan
  • Opportunity for physical activities within working hours


PhD Research Fellow (code 1017): NOK 532 200 a year. Further promotion will be based on time served in the position.

A statutory contribution to the state pension plan will be deducted from the employee’s salary.

Other information

The Academic Appointments Board for PhD Research Fellowships is responsible for the appointment. An expert assessment of applicants will be carried out. The candidates deemed best qualified will be invited to an interview.

The person appointed must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply at any given time to the post. Please note that approved work permit is a prerequisite for the employment.

According to its human resources policy, the University of South-Eastern Norway targets a balanced gender composition and aims to recruit persons with a background as an immigrant.

[The Department has few women/men appointed in scientific positions, and women/men are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.]

The University contributes to the Inkluderingsdugnaden (a voluntary scheme to promote inclusion), and it is our aim that our employees, to the fullest extent possible, shall reflect the diversity of the general population. We therefore encourage qualified applicants with disabilities to apply for the post. The University will facilitate the workplace for employees with disabilities.

Pursuant to section 25, 2nd paragraph of the Freedom of Information Act, information on the applicant may be disclosed even if the applicant has requested not be included on the list of applicants. Applicants will be notified if such requests are not allowed.

Contact information

For more information about the position, please contact: 

  • Dr. Sigrid Diether, sigrid.diether@uni-tuebingen.de

For questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact: HR Advisor Ruth Helen Haugerud, phone +47 35 95 26 17, ruth.haugerud@usn.no

If you have informal enquiries, please contact: Prof. Rigmor C. Baraas, rigmor.baraas@usn.no.

How to apply

The University of South-Eastern Norway makes use of online application management. Applicants to the post must register their application and CV with enclosures online via the Jobbnorge recruitment portal by clicking on the link on the right-hand side – “Søk stillingen” (Apply for the post).

The following documents shall be attached to the online application:

  • A one-page motivation letter
  • Transcripts and diplomas of Bachelor's (180 ECTS) and master’s degrees (120 ECTS)
  • Master’s thesis
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • Any scientific publications and a list of these
  • Three references (contact information)
  • Applicants with higher education taken outside the EU/EEA must attach approval of higher education from NOKUT.

Please note that all documents must be in a Scandinavian language or in English. Any translations must be certified.

The application will be assessed on the basis of the attached documentation as requested above. Each applicant is responsible for ensuring that the required documentation has been uploaded with the application deadline.

The University has been awarded a Charter & Code certificate by the European Commission, and is entitled to use the HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) logo. The University is also a member of the EURAXESS network, which contributes to good working conditions for mobile researchers.

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