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PhD Research Fellow in Protein Biochemistry

Deadline: 22.09.2019

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.

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Applications are invited for a 3-4 year position for a Research Fellowship as a PhD Candidate in protein biochemistry to be based in the Vascular Pathophysiology Lab (Head: Prof. Sandip Kanse) in the Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Department of Molecular Medicine at the University of Oslo. This group focusses on understanding the role of proteases in cardiovascular diseases such as thrombosis and stroke using biochemical, cellular and molecular techniques and in vivo mouse models.

The candidate will work on a project that is related to the structural analysis of proteases in blood using x-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy. The main activities will consist of expression recombinant proteins and their purification, designing and expressing mutants and testing them in relevant assays. Finally, performing screens that will lead to the determination of protein structures using x-ray crystallography or cryo-electron microscopy. The aim is to understand activation and inhibition mechanisms of proteases at an atomic level. The project will be done in collaboration with the Oslo Structure Biology group https://www.mn.uio.no/ibv/english/research/groups/px/index.html.

More about the position

If the successful candidate is able to teach biochemistry and cell biology to medical students the fellowship is for 4 years with a 25% teaching responsibility. Otherwise, the fellowship period is for 3 years.

The research fellow must take part in the Faculty’s 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.

The applicant must, in collaboration with the supervisor, within 3 months after employment, have worked out a complete project description to be attached to the application for admission to the doctoral program. For more information, please see our web site

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in Biochemistry or related science. A Master’s degree (120 ECTS) minimum grade B (ECTS grading scale) according to the Norwegian system or equivalent. The Master’s degree must include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS
  • Background and experience in some of the following areas is required: Large scale expression of recombinant proteins in bacteria or eukaryotic cells. Protein purification using FPLC and other techniques. Design and construction of plasmids and mutagenesis. Methods related to determination of protein structure and function. Enzymology.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

Personal skills

The successful candidate will be:

  • Highly motivated to do world class research
  • Self-driven and enthusiastic
  • Able to work independently and in a structured manner
  • Willing to learn new skills
  • Proactive in solving problems

We offer

  • Salary NOK 479600 – 513600 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)
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • Documentation of english proficiency
  • A complete list of publications and academic works
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application with attachments must be submitted 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

Lab Web pages: https://www.med.uio.no/imb/english/research/groups/vascular-patho-physiology/index.html

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