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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Molecular Biology

Deadline: 24.02.2020

The research group

At the Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Medical Biology, a 3-year Postdoctoral Research Fellow position has become available. We seek a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate to join the RNA and Molecular Pathology research group to work on the project long non-coding RNAs in cellular stress responses and breast cancer.

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

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 Health Sciences represents a newly created entity gathering almost all possible health study programs. This facilitates an unique interdisciplinarity and innovation in health education and research. We work closely with the services in the North to solve tomorrow's challenges.

The Department of Medical Biology employs around 200 people and conducts biomedical research within areas such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, immunology, pharmacology, and antibiotic resistance. The department teaches students in medicine, dentistry, biomedical laboratory sciences, and biomedicine.

The RNA and Molecular Pathology research group has 15 members and has two main research interests: i) the role of long non-coding RNA in breast cancer, and ii) inflammation and the autoimmune disease lupus nephritis. The postdoctoral research fellow will be part of a research team headed by Associate Professor Maria Perander that work on long non-coding RNA in breast cancer. The team currently consists of 2 postdocs, 1 technician, 1 graduate student, as well as undergraduate students. The group has close connections with local clinicians and a strong network of national and international collaborators.

The project study

The successful candidate will study the role of the long-noncoding RNA NEAT1 and paraspeckles in cellular stress response pathways, including the heat shock response, and breast cancer. He or she will employ a series of molecular biology techniques, RNA-sequencing, and proteomics to identify molecular partners of NEAT1. The candidate will contribute to establish in vivo models to study NEAT1 in heath and diseases. An overall objective for the research group is to bring forward NEAT1 as a therapeutic target for cancer treatment.


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Required qualifications

To be qualified for the Postdoctoral Research Fellow position, the candidate must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree, within a relevant research area.

Applicants must document experience and knowledge in basal molecular biology methods, cell imaging, and tissue culturing. Previous experience from working with long non-coding RNAs is regarded as highly beneficial. Documented experience in CRISPR/Cas9 work, shRNA knockdown, bioinformatics analyses of gene expression data, proteomics, and in vivo mouse experiments will be evaluated as positive. Both a strong academic record and a genuine interest in conducting research are essential to qualify for the position. Your PhD thesis, academic record, and other application materials must demonstrate this. Documented fluency in English is absolutely required. We are looking for a person with strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to work analytic, independently and with collaborators. We will emphasize personal suitability and motivation in our assessment.

We offer

  • A professionally stimulating working environment in an international research community
  • State-of-the-art research infrastructure
  • A large degree of independence in work
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective agreement
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund

Working and payment conditions

Working hours will comprise of research, research-related activities and research administration. 10% of the employment period can be put towards teaching or other work tasks undertaken for the university.

The successful candidate must also be willing to get involved in the ongoing development of their department 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 (min. 6 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 ensure 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.

Remuneration of post doc positions 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 to apply

Applications must be sent electronically via www.jobbnorge.no and must include:

  • Cover letter explaining your research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • CV containing a complete overview of education, experience, professional work and references
  • Certified copies of diplomas and certificates:
    • Diploma and transcript of Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (in original language and translated)
    • Diploma and transcript of Master’s degree or equivalent (in original language and translated)
    • Diploma and transcript of PhD (in original language and translated)
  • Complete list of publications
  • PhD thesis
  • Up to 3 published articles
  • Description of the attached articles
  • 2-3 references with contact details
  • A short description of the role of long non-coding RNAs in cancer (1– 2 page including references)
  • Documentation of English proficiency

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.

All documentation to be assessed must be translated into English or a Scandinavian language.

We only accept applications through Jobbnorge. Applications will only be considered if all requested application documents are received before the application deadline.


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The committee’s mandate is to undertake an assessment of the applicants’ research qualifications based on the application documents and related to the requirements for the position.

The applicants who are assessed as best qualified, will be called to an interview to clarify the personal suitability for the position and motivations.


The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT.

You can find more information on the website Inbound scholars and staff.

We look forward to receive your application!

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