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PhD-research Fellowship in cardiac physiology

Deadline: 20.10.2020

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.

Job description

Applications are invited for a 3 year PhD-research fellowship as PhD Candidate in the heart physiology group https://www.med.uio.no/imb/english/research/groups/heart-physiology/

The position will be based at the Department for Molecular Medicine (Physiology), University of Oslo (UiO). The project is funded by Nasjonalforeningen for folkehelsen and will be linked to the convergence environment: Availability and function of donor organs: Debating the dead donor rule https://www.uio.no/english/research/strategic-research-areas/life-science/research/convergence-environments/3dr/

Overall, the project will target mitochondrial function in order to increase cardiac function in hearts after cardiac arrest. The research in our group are translational, we seek to find solutions to clinical challenges with basic research. The focus of the specific PhD project is to establish a model of ex vivo perfused porcine hearts and investigating cardiac function. The project is in close collaboration with the research environment at Oslo University hospital, Rikshospitalet working with ex vivo perfusion of livers (Dr. MD Søren Erik Pischke). The project will combine experimental physiology as well as basic molecular techniques, including measurement of mitochondrial function. A successful candidate will have high spirit, skills to be innovative and the stamina to conduct experiments with pig hearts ex-vivo. Short research stays in collaborating labs is a possibility for the hired Research Fellow.

More about the position

The PhD must take part in the Faculty’s approved PhD program and is expected to complete the project within the set 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 her/his 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 https:/www.med.uio.no/forskning/phD/

Qualification requirements

  • A Master’s degree (120 ECTS) or an equivalent qualification in life sciences, physiology, or experimental cardiology, minimum grade B (ECTS grading scale) or equivalent. Candidates with a medical, or veterinary education are also encouraged to apply. A Master’s degree must include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS.
  • Experience with animal research (FELASA approval)
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Personal skills that suit the project

In addition, the following qualifications will be considered positively:

  • Experience with standard molecular techniques (qPCR, Western blot, immunohistochemistry)
  • Competence in preclinical cardiology, surgical procedures, biopsies and blood sampling.
  • Knowledge in mitochondrial physiology
  • Knowledge with isolated heart perfusion
  • Fluent oral and written communication in a Scandinavian language
  • Teaching qualification/experience

Personal skills

  • Highly motivated and accurate
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as integrated member of interdisciplinary teams
  • Good communication skills including interpersonal and teaching abilities

We offer

  • salary NOK 479 600 – 523 200 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)
  • 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 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.

Formal regulations

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

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed twice as a PhD-research Fellowship financed with funds from The Research Council of Norway (NFR).

According to the Norwegian Freedom of 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.

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