Lab and Animal Engineer affiliated with the project HiTime

Deadline: 15.11.2023

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is a multi-campus research university and the northernmost university of the world. Our central location in the High North, our broad and diverse research and study portfolio, and our interdisciplinary qualities make us uniquely suited to meet the challenges of the future. At UiT you can explore global issues from a close-up perspective.

Credibility, academic freedom, closeness, creativity and commitment shall be hallmarks of the relationship between our employees, between our employees and our students and between UiT and our partners. 

The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE) consists of Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, Norwegian College of Fishery Science (NFH) and School of Business and Economics.

The main task of BFE is to conduct teaching and research dissemination at a high national and international level within all relevant fields. Prioritized research areas are aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, climate, life in the arctic, marine bioprospecting, fish health, seafood products, business and macroeconomics, resources and environment, markets and management of marine resources. The interdisciplinary profile of the faculty provides good opportunity to develop research projects involving several research groups at the faculty according to its strategy.


Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics / The Department of Arctic and Marine Biology

The position

At the Department of Arctic and Marine Biology (AMB), UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, a technical position as lab and animal engineer is available. The position is funded by the ERC consolidator project HiTime (101086671), linked to the research group Arcic chronobiology and physiology and the Arctic seasonal timekeeping initiative

The project is managed by Dr. Shona Wood, and supported by two PhD positions and one postdoctoral position. The sucessful candidate will join our team working on hibernation and become part of the wider Arctic chronobiology and physiology group. The positon is available from 15.01.2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is permanent, however the project only has funding for the position a total of four years. 

The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø. You must be able to commence the position within a reasonable time. 


The project focuses on the extreme physiological adaptation of Hibernation. Hibernation is a physiological and behavioural adaptation that permits survival during periods of reduced food availability and extreme environmental temperatures in several mammalian species. This project aims to understand how the brain controls hibernation. The golden hamster is the model species for our hibernation studies. The successful candidate will provide technical support to the group by assisting in animal care and surgeries. The role will also include lab work such as cell culture, tissue sectioning, immunohistochemistry, RNA and DNA preparation and microscopy.

The candidate must be willing to work with animals and perform lab tasks. The candidate also has to be willing to occasionally work outside normal working hours. 

Sounds interesting?

For further information about the position, please contact:


To be eligible for the position, you must either be: 

1) Qualified at Master's level in biology, preferably with a physiology or molecular biology specialisation, or 

2) have completed a Bachelor in Dyrepleiere with relevant experience.

 If you are near completion of your master’s degree, you may still apply and submit a draft version of the thesis and a statement from your supervisor or institution indicating when the degree will be obtained. You must document completion of your degree before commencement in the position. You must still submit your transcripts for the master’s degree with your application.

Previous experience in a lab environment is also necessary in order to succeed in the position. Experience of either cell culture, tissue sectioning or immunohistochemistry is desirable but full training will be given. Experience in animal handling is desirable but full training will be given, including any necessary animal ethics courses required.

The assessment will emphasize the candidates motivation and personal suitability for the position. We are looking for candidates who are able to work independently as well as coordinate their work in parallel experiments in close collaboration with a team comprised of scientists and students from different backgrounds. The applicant must document good oral and written communication skills in English. The position will be part of international research community where the working language is English and the application should therefore be written in English. 

We are looking for an active and motivated individual who can work well in a team. We will offer a fun, flexible, hard working environment with the opportunity for gaining lots of new skills within an exciting area of biology.

We offer

  • A good working environment with dedicated colleagues
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund

Remuneration of the position are in salary code 1087 Chief Engineer on the pay scale for Norwegian state employees. There is a 2% deduction for contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. As a state employee, you have one of the best pension schemes available. For more information see: spk.no.


The application must be submitted electronically via www.jobbnorge.no, and shall include:

  • CV and application letter
  • Diplomas and transcripts
  • Written references
  • Contact information to 2-3 references

All documentation has to be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Inclusion and diversity

UiT The Arctic University i Norway is working actively to promote equality, gender balance and diversity among employees and students, and to create an inclusive and safe working environment. We believe that inclusion and diversity is a strength and we want employees with different competencies, professional experience, life experience and perspectives.

If you have a disability, a gap in your CV or immigrant background, we encourage you to tick the box for this in your application. If there are qualified applicants, we invite least one in each group for an interview. If you get the job, we will adapt the working conditions if you need it. Apart from selecting the right candidates, we will only use the information for anonymous statistics.

General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

More information about moving to Norway and working at UiT.

Employees who have been temporarily employed at UiT continuously for more than three years shall be deemed to be permanently employed, cf. the Civil Service Act § 9 (3).

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background.

UiT will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability. Questions can be directed to the contact person for the position.

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.

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