University of Bergen (UIB)

PhD position in Nervous system development

University of Bergen (UIB)

Bergen, Norway

PhD position in Nervous system development

There is a vacancy for a PhD position in the group “Neural development in Cnidaria” (headed by Fabian Rentzsch) at the Department of Biological Sciences/Sars Centre at the University of Bergen.

About the project/work tasks

The group uses the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis to study molecular, cellular and evolutionary aspects of nervous system development. This PhD project addresses the development and function of sensory cells in Nematostella. Key experimental tools are CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing, shRNAs, transgenic reporter lines and confocal microscopy.

Qualifications and personal qualities

  • Applicants must hold a master’s degree or the equivalent in biology or a related area, or must have submitted his/her master’s thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the master’s degree has been awarded.
  • Experience in molecular biology is a requirement
  • A good understanding of developmental biology is a requirement
  • Familiarity with evolutionary aspects of developmental biology is an advantage
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and demonstrate good collaborative skills
  • Applicants must be proficient in both written and oral English
  • Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

About the PhD position

The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with the possibility for a 4th year, consisting of 25 % compulsory work (e.g. teaching responsibilities at the department) distributed across the employment period. The 4th year is contingent on the qualifications of the candidate and the teaching needs of the department, and will be decided upon appointment.

The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a qualifying post (e.g. research fellow, research assistant).

About the research training

As a PhD candidate, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 4 years. A final plan for the implementation of the research training must be approved by the faculty within two months after you have commenced in the position. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.

We can offer

  • Exciting development opportunities as part of your role in a strong professional environment
  • Salary at pay grade 54 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 10) in the state salary scale. This currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK 479 600, – before taxes. Further promotions are made according to qualifications and length of service in the position
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include:

  • A brief account of the applicant’s research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be the main advisor for the master’s thesis or equivalent thesis
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees, or official confirmation that the master’s thesis has been submitted
  • approved documentation of proficiency in English (if required, cf. English language requirements for PhD admission)
  • Relevant certificates/references
  • A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
  • Any publications in your name

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting: Prof Fabian Rentzsch (, phone +47 55584304).

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position. 

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

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