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Blindern og Urbygningen (Foto: Wikimedia og Colourbox)

PhD Candidate in vivo electrophysiology and optogenetics

Deadline: 13.06.2019

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.

Flere stillinger fra Universitetet i Oslo

Applications are invited for a 3 year position in a Research Fellowship as PhD Candidate in systems neuroscience to be based in the research group of Associate Professor Torkel Hafting at the Section of Physiology, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences (IMB), University of Oslo.

In our laboratory, we study neural circuits underlying perception and memory formation in awake behaving animals. The aim of the current project is to determine how social and spatial information are integrated in the hippocampus and entorhinal cortex. The candidate will use state-of-the-art electrophysiological recordings combined with optogenetic manipulations of brain activity and measurement of animal behavior. Depending on the candidate, patch-clamp (in vitro) work might also be part of the project. The candidate will have close collaborations with other members in the lab. We offer broad training possibilities in the required experimental methods within a stimulating academic environment.


Starting date no later than 1st of September, 2019.

More about the position

The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with no compulsory work, or for a period of 4 years, with 25 % compulsory work (e.g. teaching responsibilities at the department) contingent on the qualifications of the candidate and the teaching needs of the department.

The fellowship is devoted to carrying out a project entitled ‘Integration of social and spatial information in the hippocampal formation’.

The research fellow must take part in the Medical Faculty’s approved PhD program and is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period. The main purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

Qualification requirements

The IMB has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. The candidate 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 Master’s degree or equivalent in Neuroscience or Physiology.
  • The Master’s degree must include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS.
  • The Master’s thesis must correspond to the grade B or better in the Norwegian educational system.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.

Personal skills

We are searching for a highly motivated candidate with strong interest in brain circuits and memory formation.

  • The research fellow should be able to work independently and structured, while at the same time engage in close collaborations
  • The preferred candidate has experience from in vivo investigations of brain function in animal models or in vitro electrophysiology

We offer

  • A vibrant international research environment.
  • Salary NOK 449 400 – 505 800 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow, (position code 1017)
  • 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 and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work including list of publications)
  • copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • documentation of english proficiency
  • 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, 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 (or a Scandinavian language).

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. Applicants may be called in for an interview.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

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.

The appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

Contact information

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