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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in cardiac cell biology

Deadline: 31.08.2020

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

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About the Research group

The Faculty of Health Sciences has a 3 years Postdoctoral Research Fellow available in the research area of cardiac cell biology. The position is attached to the Department of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Cardiovascular Research Group.

The Clinical Cardiovascular Research Group (CCRG) is currently focusing on advanced imaging of cardiac mitochondria quality control mechanisms. This encompasses studying fundamental molecular processes crucial for proper function of cardiac cells. To achieve this, the research group undertakes interdisciplinary research and has collaboration with research groups at the Faculty of Health Sciences and at other Faculties at UiT as well as international collaborations. Furthermore, CCRG is involved in research conducted at the large animal facility at the Faculty of Health Sciences. The scientific staff includes the PI (professor Truls Myrmel), several affiliated professors and associated professors, two PhD students and two technicians.

About the project

The position is affiliated with the research project VirtualStain- “Artificial intelligence solutions to virtually stain label-free cell and tissue images for studying cardiovascular diseases of fish and mammals”. VirtualStain is an interdisciplinary research project funded by UiT-The Artic University of Norway and involves research groups at three different Faculties. The overall aim of the project is modelling of fundamental processes related to disease development and progression in living cardiovascular tissue and cells through label-free imaging (photo and scanning acoustic microscopy, and label-free nanoscopy). The successful applicant will be working as an active member of the VirtualStain team and involved in close interdisciplinary collaborations with other PhDs, Postdocs and PIs from different fields such as artificial intelligence, nanoscopy and photo-acoustic imaging. The research field of this Postdoc position is in molecular cell biology with a particular focus on mitochondria quality control mechanisms in mammalian cardiac cells. The work will involve establishment of cardiac 3D cell cultures from human inducible pluripotent stem cells.


Further information about the position and project is available by contacting:

Qualification requirements

For appointment as Postdoctoral Fellow, the applicant requires a Norwegian doctoral degree in the subject area, or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree.

The successful applicant should have extensive experience from experimental laboratory work in molecular cell biology. Required expertise involves mammalian cell culture, recombinant DNA related work, CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing and advanced cell/tissue imaging. We will emphasize the quality and relevance of the candidate’s track record rather than volume. Previous experience with pluripotent stem cells and 3D cell cultures will be considered an advantage.

Emphasis is attached to personal suitability. Suitability and motivation will be assessed, possibly in an interview. Personal aspects desired for the position are high working capacity, strong dedication and motivation, independence and good communication and collaborative skills.

We can offer

  • Interesting work tasks in a cutting-edge research project
  • A vibrant international research community
  • State-of-the-art research infrastructure
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective agreement
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund

Working conditions

The position of Postdoctoral Fellow is a fixed term position for a period of 3 years. The main objective of the appointment as a post-doctoral research fellow is to qualify for work in senior academic positions. No one may be appointed to more than one fixed term period as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the same institution.

The working hours shall be utilized for research, research-related activities and research administration.

The position includes teaching or equivalent duties for UiT of (up to) a 10 % position.

The successful applicant must be willing to engage himself/herself in the ongoing development of his/her discipline and the university as a whole.

National and international trends show that mobility and independence for young researchers are important for achieving external funding at national and international level, and consequently will be important for the prospect of establishing a permanent scientific position in the future.

The following shall therefore be applicable when employed in postdoctoral positions:

  • Unless special circumstances indicate otherwise, postdoctoral projects shall be planned with stays abroad (3-12 months). The duration should take into consideration the framework of the overall project.
  • Postdoctoral projects must be planned so that the candidate is given sufficient opportunity to develop professional independence within the framework of the overall project.

In order to achieve a targeted use of the postdoctoral position, and to strengthen the employee’s career development, a development plan must be available no later than three months after the appointment contract is signed. The development plan must be approved by the immediate leader with personnel responsibility.

The remuneration for this position is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1352.

A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

How too apply

Application and submitted documents (see below) must be sent electronically via the application form available on www.jobbnorge.no and the application must include:

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation and research interests
  • CV - summarizing education, positions and academic work
  • Diplomas, diploma supplements and transcripts from completed degrees
  • Written references
  • 2-3 references with contact details
  • Documentation of proficiency in the English language.

Proficiency in the English language can be documented in the following ways:

  • Diploma from a Norwegian upper secondary school with both spoken and written English (140 hours)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • IELTS (International English Testing Service)
  • Completed university degree in the field of English language or literature
  • One year’s completed university studies in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or USA, for which English was the language of instruction.

Documentation has to be in English or a Scandinavian language. We only accept applications through Jobbnorge.


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The committee’s mandate is to undertake an assessment of the applicants’ qualifications based on the application documents and the text of the announcement.

The Assessment Committee will give emphasis to the potential for research, as presented in the PhD thesis or equivalent, or in any other academic works.

In the assessment, consideration may also be given to professional experience and any other activity which may be significant for the completion of the project, as well as to any pedagogical qualifications. This includes pedagogical training, teaching experience, experience of public education and experience/training of other kinds.

The applicants who are assessed as best qualified will be called to an interview. The interview shall, among other things, aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability for the position and motivations. A trial lecture may also be held.


In addition, applicants shall also refer to the supplementary provisions for the appointment to academic positions such as Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow and Academic Assistant at UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, and to regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident.

Questions concerning the organisation of the working environment, including that of the physical state of the workplace, health services, possibilities for flexible working hours, part-time work, etc. may be addressed to the telephone reference in this announcement.

At UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, diversity is valued, and we therefore encourage all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their age, gender, functional ability or national or ethnic background. The university is an IW employer and places importance on making the necessary adaptations to working conditions for employees with disabilities.

Personal information given in an application and CV will be treated in accordance with the Act relating to the processing of personal data (the Personal Data Act). In accordance with section 25, subsection 2 of the Freedom of Information Act, the applicant may request not to be registered on the public list of applicants. However, the university may nevertheless decide to make the candidate’s name public. The applicant will receive advance notification of any such publication.

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We look forward to receiving your application!

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