Stilling:

Postdoc Position in Bioinformatic Analysis of Neural Development in Nematostella

Deadline: September 16, 2018

University of Bergen

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at seven faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology (Sars Centre) is situated at the Marine­holmen campus together with other research institutes at the University. The Sars Centre is partner with European Molecular Biological Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany and is organized directly under Rector at UiB.

There is a vacancy for a 2 year Postdoc position at the Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology (www.sars.no/) in the research group headed by Dr. Fabian Rentzsch. The position is funded on a TOPPFORSK grant from the Norwegian Research Council, and is available from November 2018. The Sars Centre belongs to the University of Bergen, and is partner of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) www.embl.de/. The place of work will be at the Sars Centre.

About the project/work tasks:

The Rentzsch group studies neurogenesis in the cnidarian Nematostella vectensis with the aim to understand cellular, molecular and evolutionary aspects of nervous system development (see Richards and Rentzsch, Development, 2014 and 2015). The project employs computational analyses of differential gene expression and ATAC seq data to characterize the transcriptional changes that control the development of neural progenitor cells into differentiated neurons. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to further develop the project in line with his/her interests. If desired, contribution to the experimental validation of the computational analyses is possible in collaboration with a postdoc.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within informatics or molecular biology or must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded
  • Experience in differential gene expression analysis of high-throughput sequencing data, proficiency in a programming language and/or shell scripting is desired
  • Interest in gene regulatory networks, developmental biology or stem cell biology is an advantage
  • Ability to work both independently and in close collaboration with others in a structured manner
  • Personal communication skills to interact with the scientific environment are required
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment
  • Salary at pay grade 59 upon appointment (code 1352), currently NOK 515.200 gross p.a. Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise)
  • Good welfare benefits

Applications in English must include:

  • A cover letter that includes brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • CV
  • List of publications
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be the main advisor for the PhD programme
  • Transcripts and diplomas and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted
  • Relevant certificates/references

Please send your application with attachments electronically via JobbNorge by clicking on the button “Apply for this job” (choose English page). If your diploma, grade transcripts and other documentation are in a language other than English, you must upload certified translations of these (diploma and grade transcripts in a Scandinavian language are acceptable). Please note that applications will be assessed only with the information available in JobbNorge when the deadline expires. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all relevant attachments are submitted by the deadline.

Applications by e-mail only will not be considered.

Closing date for application: September 16th, 2018.

General information:Further information about the position can be obtained from Group Leader Dr. Fabian Rentzsch, tlf +47 55 58 43 04, email [email protected].

The state labour force shall reflect on the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

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