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Postdoctoral Research fellowship in neurosciences

Deadline: 10.11.2020

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.

Job description

A 24–36 months post-doctoral position in neurosciences is available to join an interdisciplinary new research group at the University of Oslo at the intersection of system neuroscience, sleep research and neurobiological development. The successful applicant will join the team Sleep and Cognitive Development led by principal investigator Charlotte Boccara at the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences.

More about the position

Boccara’s team is composed of young international researchers coming from different backgrounds and benefits from a very good academic and social environment. Boccara has experience from publishing in top journals (Science 2019, Science 2017, Nature Neuroscience 2010, Science 2008). The team just received a prestigious grant from the Norwegian research council for their project combining advanced techniques in in vivo electrophysiology with neurodevelopmental tools to investigate the role of sleep in cognitive development. The applicant will work on developing innovative recording and optogenetic methods to monitor and manipulate sleep in rodent pups with the aim to publish in the highest-ranking journals. Website of the team: https://www.boccaralab.com

In addition, the successful applicant will have the opportunity to become a Marie Curie Scientia Fellow. Scientia Fellows is a transnational fellowship programme in the field of Health Life Sciences. In addition to focus on excellent research, the programme supports innovation activities and strives to bring together academia, hospital and industry in cross-sectoral collaborations. Through this programme, researchers can enhance their career, improve networking and develop new transferable skills. Through that scheme the position length will increase from 24 to 36 months https://www.med.uio.no/english/research/scientia-fellows/apply/

Qualification requirements

Ph.D. in neurosciences or a related discipline. The ideal candidate should have a strong neuroscience background with accomplishments demonstrated by first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals, as well as training in computational and statistical methods for analysis. The applicant should have experience with some of the following technics/disciplines: electrophysiology, optogenetics, rodent behaviour, sleep scoring, neurodevelopment, mice genetics, viral and neurodevelopment tools. Training in Oslo or in one of our collaborator’s lab will be provided to the right person as necessary to fill any skill gaps.

Mobility requirement:

In order to be eligible for becoming a Marie Curie Scientia Fellow, the applicant must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Norway for more than 12 months in the last 3 years immediately prior to the 20th of November 2020. Priority will be given to eligible applicants. The position length will increase from 24 to 36 months only for Marie Curie Scientia Fellows.

We offer

  • salary NOK 523 200 – 573 100 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
  • copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • a complete list of publications
  • 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, 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.

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.

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