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PhD Research Fellow in pharmacoepigenetics

Deadline 07.04.2019

About the position

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.


The Department of Pharmacy has 130 employees. We have an active research and innovation environment based on independent research in pharmaceutical topics. The Department of Pharmacy is responsible for the popular master's degree program in pharmacy and has 350 competent and committed students.


Pharmaceutical related research and education forms the base of all activities at the Department of Pharmacy. The science of pharmacy lies in the interface between the natural sciences, pharmaceutical technology, health related topics and social sciences. This interdisciplinarity is reflected both in our study programmes and in our research.

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Position as PhD Research Fellow in pharmacoepigenetics is available at the Department of Pharmacy.

The fellowship period is up to 4 years, with 3 years devoted to research education. The position entails a compulsory workload of 25% that may consist of teaching, supervision duties, and research assistance.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo. Starting date no later than 01.10.2019

Job description

The PhD research fellow will be working on the project “Pharmaco-epigenetic epidemiology: study of epigenetic mechanisms of neurotoxicity” within the PharmaTox Strategic Research Initiative (www.mn.uio.no/farmasi/english/research/groups/pharmatox). PharmaTox is a transdisciplinary initiative bringing together strong research environments in computer science, statistics, pharmacology, epigenetics and epidemiology. The overall focus of PharmaTox is investigations related to long-term effects of medications on human neurodevelopment.

The background of the project is the lack of knowledge about long-term safety of prenatal exposure to medications and the mechanisms involved. The main objective of the project is to investigate whether epigenetic variation is associated with exposure to common medications during pregnancy, and whether such variation and genetic susceptibility is involved in modulating the risk of neurodevelopmental disorders in the children. The epigenetic and genetic data will come from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort (MoBa) at the National Institute of Public Health linked to other national health registries.

The candidate will become part of the Drug Safety Research Group (www.mn.uio.no/farmasi/english/research/groups/pharma-safe/index.html) headed by Professor Hedvig Nordeng at the School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo. The project will be performed in close collaboration with national and international partners within PharmaTox.

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. 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.

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in bioinformatics, statistics, cell biology, molecular biology.
  • Foreign completed degree (M.Sc.-level) should correspond to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system.
  • Candidates without a Master’s degree have until 30 June, 2019 to complete the final exam.
  • Interest and experience with interdisciplinary work is an advantage

Grade requirements:

The norm is as follows:

  • The average grade point for courses included in the Bachelor’s degree must be C or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • The average grade point for courses included in the Master’s degree must be B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • The Master’s thesis must have the grade B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English and a Scandinavian language (due to teaching responsibilities):

https://www.mn.uio.no/english/research/phd/application/application.html

Personal skills

  • The preferred candidate is ambitious and highly motivated
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

We offer

  • Salary NOK 449 400 – 505 800 per annum depending on qualifications and seniority as PhD Research Fellow (position code 1017)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their 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 - scientific publications)
  • Copies of the original Master’s degree diploma, transcripts of records and letters of recommendation
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • Documentation of Scandinavian language proficiency equivalent to B2 level of the Bergenstest (this apply only if a Scandinavian language is not your native language)
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone 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). 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.

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programme must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position. For more information see:

http://www.mn.uio.no/english/research/phd/

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 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

For technical questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Officer Therese Ringvold, e-mail: [email protected], phone: +47 22 85 16 06.

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