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Postdoctoral fellow in Human Microbiome research

Deadline: 22.09.2019

About the position

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 Faculty of Medicine was established in 1814 and is the oldest medical faculty in Norway. The Faculty is organized into three basic units and has approximately 1,500 employees and about 2000 students.

The Institute of Clinical Medicine (Klinmed) is one of three institutes under the Faculty. Klinmed is responsible for the Faculty's educational and research activities at Oslo University Hospital and Akershus University Hospital. With about 800 employees spread over approximately 425 man-labour years, Klinmed is the university's largest institute. Our activities follow the clinical activity at the hospitals and are spread across a number of geographical areas.

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Do you want to be an ERC-funded Postdoctoral fellow in human microbiome research?

One position is available as Postdoctoral fellow (SKO1352) - a three year engagement – affiliated with The Norwegian PSC Research Center (NoPSC) at Institute of Clinical Medicine – funded by an ERC grant.

NoPSC - a cooperation between University of Oslo (UiO) and Oslo University Hospital (OUH) - is dedicated to research on the chronic liver disease primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). Several features make PSC an intriguing model disease; more than 80% of the patients have inflammatory bowel disease, for which the link with the biliary inflammation is poorly known, and the disease may recur after liver transplantation. The center comprises three research groups covering all aspects of research related to primary sclerosing cholangitis, from basic genomic and experimental studies to clinical research and clinical trials. The research environment is world-leading for PSC and counts 20-25 engaged researchers from several countries and specialties.

We are now seeking a skilled and ambitious co-worker to take on a challenging project funded by a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant “StopAutoimmunity”, which focuses on gut microbial functions in recurrent PSC after liver transplantation. The research group, led by Dr. Johannes Hov, has over the last six years, established a strong clinical microbiome research environment. In the present project, the use of large-scale metagenomics and metabolomics will provide insights into a unique disease model to identify driving factors amenable to treatment. The candidate should have an ambition to form an independent research track, and will be offered opportunities to do so.

The Postdoctoral fellow will be employed at Department of Transplantation Medicine, Division of Surgery, Inflammatory Diseases and Transplantation, at Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo, affiliated with NoPSC.

For further info about the research environment please see:

NoPSC (hyperlink til: http://www.med.uio.no/klinmed/english/research/groups/primary-sclerosing-cholangitis/)

Johannes Hovs group (hyperlink til www.ous-research.no/hov)

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a relevant PhD
  • Experience with microbiome research is a prerequisite, and experience with metagenomic (shotgun) sequencing will be considered an additional advantage.
  • Documented experience with relevant bioinformatic and statistical methods (including R) or multi-omics is an advantage

The main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their disciplines.

Guidelines for appointments to post-doctoral research fellowships at the University of Oslo may be obtained at:


Personal skills

  • High working capacity and productivity
  • Strong motivation
  • Excellent writing and oral communication in English

Personal suitability for the position will be emphasized and taken into account.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 515 200 – NOK 569 000 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • A challenging and friendly working environment located at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet.
  • 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:

  • Application letter
  • A one-page statement of motivation and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, position and academic work, and that lists scientific publications)
  • Copies of relevant educational certificates
  • A complete list of publications
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 referees (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

Internasjonal applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English.

Contact information

Information about the project can be addressed to:

Information about the electronic application form can be addressed to Senior Human Resources Adviser, Heidi Falch Ecklund, email: [email protected]

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed as Postdoctoral Fellow for more than one specified period at the same institution.

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.

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