Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Molecular Biology

Deadline: 15.02.2023

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

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Faculty of Health Sciences

The position

At the Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Medical Biology, a 3-year Postdoctoral Research Fellow position has become available. We seek a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate to join the RNA and Molecular Pathology research group to work on the project long non-coding RNA NEAT1 in cellular stress responses and breast cancer.

The Department of Medical Biology employs around 200 people and conducts biomedical research within areas such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, immunology, pharmacology, and antibiotic resistance. The department teaches students in medicine, dentistry, biomedical laboratory sciences, and biomedicine.

The RNA and Molecular Pathology research group has 15 members, and the postdoctoral research fellow will be part of a research team headed by Associate Professor Maria Perander that work on long non-coding RNA in breast cancer. The group has close connections with local clinicians and a strong network of national and international collaborators.

The position is a fixed term position for a duration of 3 years. Appointment to the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow is mainly intended to provide qualification for work in top academic positions. It is a prerequisite that the applicant can carry out the project over the full course of the employment period. Unless special circumstances indicate otherwise, postdoctoral projects shall be planned with stays abroad. No person may hold more than one fixed term position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the same institution.

The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø. You must be able to start in the position within a reasonable time after receiving the offer.


The successful candidate will study the role of the long-noncoding RNA NEAT1 and paraspeckles in breast cancer. He or she will combine studies in clinical samples with cutting-edge molecular biology techniques and imaging. The candidate will contribute to establish in vivo models to study NEAT1 in heath and diseases. An overall objective for the research group is to bring forward NEAT1 as a therapeutic target for cancer treatment.


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To be qualified for the Postdoctoral Research Fellow position, the candidate must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree, within a relevant research area.

Applicants must document experience and knowledge in basal molecular biology methods, cell imaging, tissue culturing, and work with clinical samples. Previous experience from working with long non-coding RNAs is regarded as highly beneficial. Documented experience in CRISPR/Cas9 work, shRNA knockdown, bioinformatics analyses of gene expression data, and in vivo mouse experiments will be evaluated as positive. Both a strong academic record and a genuine interest in conducting research are essential to qualify for the position. Your PhD thesis, academic record, and other application materials must demonstrate this. Documented fluency in English is absolutely required. We are looking for a person with strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to work analytic, independently and with collaborators. We will emphasize personal suitability and motivation in our assessment.

Qualification with a PhD is required before commencement in the position. If you’re at the final stages of your PhD, you may still apply if you have submitted your PhD thesis for doctoral degree evaluation within the application deadline. You must submit the thesis with your application. You must have dissertated before the start-up date of the position.

Inclusion and diversity

UiT The Arctic University i Norway is working actively to promote equality, gender balance and diversity among employees and students, and to create an inclusive and safe working environment. We believe that inclusion and diversity is a strength, and we want employees with different competencies, professional experience, life experience and perspectives.

If you have a disability, a gap in your CV or immigrant background, we encourage you to tick the box for this in your application. If there are qualified applicants, we invite least one in each group for an interview. If you get the job, we will adapt the working conditions if you need it. Apart from selecting the right candidates, we will only use the information for anonymous statistics.


Your application must include:

  • Cover letter explaining your research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • CV containing a complete overview of education, experience, professional work and references
  • A short description of the role of long non-coding RNAs in cancer (1– 2 page including references)
  • Diplomas and transcripts (all degrees)
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • 2-3 references with contact details
  • Complete list of publications
  • Summary of the PhD work
  • Up to 3 published articles

All documentation to be considered must be in a Scandinavian language or English. We only accept applications and documentation sent via Jobbnorge within the application deadline.


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The committee’s mandate is to undertake an assessment of the applicants’ research qualifications based on the application documents related to the requirements for the position.

At UiT we put emphasis on the quality, relevance and significance of the research work and not on where the work is published, in accordance with the principles of The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

The applicants who are assessed as best qualified, will be called to an interview to clarify the personal suitability for the position and motivations.

We offer

  • A professionally stimulating working environment in an international research community
  • State-of-the-art research infrastructure
  • A large degree of independence in work
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective agreement
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund
  • More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here.

Working conditions

Working hours will comprise of research, research-related activities and research administration. 10% of the employment period can be put towards teaching or other work tasks undertaken for the university. The successful candidate must be willing to get involved in the ongoing development of their department and the university as a whole.

National and international trends show that mobility and independence for young researchers are important for achieving external funding at national and international level, and consequently will be important for the prospect of establishing a permanent scientific position in the future. The following shall therefore be applicable when employed in postdoctoral positions:

  • Unless special circumstances indicate otherwise, postdoctoral projects shall be planned with stays abroad (min. 6 months). The duration should take into consideration the framework of the overall project.
  • Postdoctoral projects must be planned so that the candidate is given sufficient opportunity to develop professional independence within the framework of the overall project.

In order to ensure a targeted use of the postdoctoral position, and to strengthen the employee’s career development, a development plan must be available no later than three months after the appointment contract is signed. The development plan must be approved by the immediate leader with personnel responsibility.

The remuneration for Postdoctoral research fellow is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1352. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and 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.

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