Nord University (UiN)

Postdoctoral position in developmental biology

Nord University (UiN)

Bodø, Norway

Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture, Nord University (Bodø, Norway) invites applications from motivated candidates for a three-year postdoctoral position in developmental biology – functional genomics. The position starts on September 01, 2019.

The candidate will join the project Innate Control of Early Embryonic Development (InnControl) funded by Research Council of Norway (FriPro Toppforsk program). This cutting-edge project investigates regulatory mechanisms governing the transfer, modifications, and execution of parental developmental instruction at the onset of embryonic development. Zebrafish and medaka are vertebrate animal models. The approach is based on combination of high-throughput analyses of genetic and epigenetic information with functional genomics. The project’s consortium consists of internationally renowned academic experts in transcriptomics, proteomics, functional genomics, RNA biology, fish reproductive and developmental biology, epigenomics, and epitranscriptomics. Cooperative environment, innovative high-impact research topics, and research training and mentoring in relevant state-of-the-art methods at leading laboratories, will help the Fellow to build a competitive expertise in frontier science within regulatory developmental biology.  

The selected candidate will study functions of regulatory RNAs, and DNA and RNA modifications in the early embryonic development. The focus will be on functional developmental genomics, including genome editing (construction of knock-out lines), inhibition, mimics, gene expression and functional proteomics techniques. The candidate will also be involved in high-throughput sequencing and data analysis. The Fellow will spend appropriate time at the Fish Physiology and Genomics Institute, INRA Rennes, France, to obtain training and perform experiments in functional genomics.

Qualification requirements

We are looking for motivated and creative applicants with a strong academic record and the ability to collaborate with other members of a multidisciplinary team whilst developing their own research project.

At the time of taking up the appointment, the candidate should have a PhD degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, such as molecular developmental biology, RNA biology, genomics, epigenetics, or bioinformatics.

Prior knowledge and laboratory skills within molecular developmental biology of animals are essential for the successful accomplishment of the project, with emphasis on functional genomics or high-throughput genomics/transcriptomics/epigenetics and relevant bioinformatics.

Appropriate academic record, which proves the candidate’s ability to succeed in this challenging project, is required.

Hands-on experience in: functional genomics techniques relevant for the project (such as genome editing, regulation of gene expression), high-throughput sequencing pipeline (including sample preparation, library construction, and sequencing), RNA biology, epigenomics, epitranscriptomics, non-coding RNAs, or zebrafish/medaka molecular developmental biology are advantageous for the position.

Proficiency in oral and written English is essential and must be documented either by the Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification or internationally recognised certificates, such as TOEFL, IELTS, APIEL or similar. Knowledge of a Scandinavian language will be beneficial for the position.

The selected candidate is expected to participate in multiple activities related to the InnControl project and her/his responsibilities include:

  • Designing and performing experiments in close collaboration with the project leader;
  • Co-supervision of PhD, MSc, and BSc students, as well as visiting researchers associated with the project;
  • Collaboration with other members of the InnControl team;
  • Reporting and publishing results;
  • Participation in knowledge transfer and dissemination activities.

We offer

The annual salary for postdodoc is set at wage level from 59 (from NOK 515 200) in the Norwegian State Salary Scale.

  • Advantages within the Government Pension Fund for borrowing, insurance and pension.
  • Creative and collegial working environment 
  • A workplace with steady progressive development 
  • Flexible working hours 
  • Active university sports team 

General information

The person who is appointed must abide by the applicable laws, agreements, and directives. The responsibilities and duties associated with the position may change with future reorganization at Nord University.

The public sector workforce is expected to reflect the diversity of the population in general. Nord University therefore encourages qualified candidates with disabilities, gaps in their CV, immigrant backgrounds or different life experience to apply. Nord University practices moderate allocation according to gender quotas in accordance with the Basic Agreement for State Employees.

If applicants indicate they have disabilities or gaps in their CV, their details may be used anonymously for the purposes of recording whether this target is achieved or not.

Contact information

For further information about the position, please contact:

professor Igor Babiak (e-mail: ; telephone: +47 75 51 79 22).

Questions related to the application process should be addressed to:

office manager Irene Stork (e- mail:; telephone +47 75 51 74 42).


Applications must be submitted online by the closing date of June 24th 2019.

The electronic application must contain: 

The Faculty has policy to validate the relevant enclosed documentation. The validation will be performed by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education – NOKUT. Applicants with foreign education have to fill in and sign a consent form from NOKUT, see below.

  • Applicants for this position are requested to include the following information:
  • Cover letter outlining the candidate’s motivation, relevant experience, and how she/he will contribute to the successful implementation of the project  (maximum 1 page)
  • A sketch of a potential research project on functional studies on early embryonic regulatory  transcriptome/epitranscriptome in zebrafish (maximum 1 page)
  • Curriculum Vitae, including acquired knowledge and skills (emphasis on hands-on experience in relevant methods), and a list of publications and other scientific contributions
  • Summary/extended Abstract of PhD dissertation and MSc thesis (maximum 3 pages each)
  • Certified copies of academic degree transcripts and any other relevant qualifications
  • Contact details for at three referees, including principal supervisors of MSc and PhD theses
  • Signed consent form (if needed)

Applicants should not attach any unsolicited documents, such as scientific publications, high school transcripts, and other documents not requested for the position.

All documentation to be considered is to be uploaded as attachments to the application.

Complete documentation in electronic form must be submitted by the closing date for applications.

After the application deadline has expired a list of applicants will be published. Note that, in special cases, information about particular applicants to a position may be made public even when that applicant has requested that their application be processed confidentially. Applicants requesting an exemption from publication of their details must explain their reasons for doing so in their application. In this case, advance notice will be given in the event of a decision to make public any information about the applicant.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.