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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biophysics and Medical Physics

Deadline 25.11.2018

Job description

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 research at the Department covers a broad range of subfields within physics and technology: From space research to medical physics. A good proportion of the research is interdisciplinary, and conducted in close cooperation with collaborators in Norway and abroad. Education and teaching are other essential activities.


We offer a broad range of courses, and the Department is involved in several study programmes at bachelor’s and master’s level. Some of the best lecturers in Norway are amongst our employees, and we are proud of our prizewinning teaching and learning environment. The Department has 200 employees, of which 50 are permanent scientific positions. On a yearly basis 20 students complete their Ph.D. and 50 finish their M.Sc. degree.

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One position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in biophysics and medical physics is available at the Department of Physics.

The fellowship will be for a period of 4 years, with 25 % compulsory work (teaching at the Department of Physics). Starting date, no later than 01.02.2019.

More about the position

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

Proton therapy is a radiotherapy modality that potentially can reduce side effects compared to X-ray treatment and increase the likelihood of cure. The sections for Biophysics and Medical Physics and Nuclear and Energy Physics, Department of Physics, are working on exploiting the physical properties of protons and activated nuclei in cancer treatment. This work is preparing for the introduction of proton therapy in Norway, with tentative start-up in 2023.

The candidate will be part of a project investigating the potential of proton irradiation to induce an immunogenic response in cultured cells and mice. The work will include optimization of proton irradiation set-up for animal irradiations as well as development of assays for detection of immunogenic biomarkers. Laboratories at the Department of Physics, University of Oslo and at collaborators at Oslo University Hospital will be used in the project. The candidate will work in a highly translational field together with a team consisting of physicists, biologists and clinicians.

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.

Required qualifications:

  • PhD in physics (or be in the finalizing stage of PhD study, which must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the doctoral thesis being approved)
  • Experience with cell culturing and animal research (including FELASA C certificate)
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

Desired qualifications:

  • Specialization in biophysics or medical physics
  • Experience with applications for approval of animal research
  • Experience with studying biological effects of ionizing radiation
  • Experience with computer programming
  • Knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language

Personal skills

  • Good analytical skills
  • Structured working habits
  • Good communication skills
  • It is important that the candidate can function well in multidisciplinary team environment

We offer

Salary NOK 515 200 – 576 100 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (position code 1352)

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 interests)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, academic transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works 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).

Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

Formal regulations

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

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

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

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.

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.

Contact information

For technical questions regarding the application system, please contact HR Adviser Elin Thoresen, +47 22 85 71 96, e-mail: [email protected]

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