University of Bergen (UIB)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in Nervous system development

University of Bergen (UIB)

Bergen, Norway

Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in Nervous system development

At the Department of Biological Sciences / Sars Centre for Marine Molecular Biology there is a vacancy for a postdoctoral research fellow position in the group “Cnidarian Neural Development”, headed by Fabian Rentzsch.

The position is for a fixed term of 3 years.

About the project/work tasks:

The group uses the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis to study molecular, cellular and evolutionary aspects of nervous system development. Projects available for this position address either the outgrowth and pathfinding of neurites or the specification of neurons by transcription factors and signalling molecules. Key experimental tools are transgenic reporter lines, CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing, shRNAs and confocal microscopy.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

- Applicants must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within biology, molecular biology or a related area, 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 molecular biology is a requirement.

- An understanding of developmental biology and/or nervous system development is a requirement.

- Familiarity with evolutionary aspects of developmental biology is an advantage.

- Experience in working at the organismal level (as opposed to cell culture) is an advantage.

- Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others.

- Applicants must have excellent skills in oral and written English

- Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Research experience, ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

About the position of postdoctoral research fellow:

The postdoctoral position is a fixed term position with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions. If the appointee lacks teaching experience, or other relevant qualifications, the employment period may be increased to 3 years and 6 months. Teaching and other duties will in such cases be added to the position. The position may be extended by up to one year (maximum 4 years in total) if the appointee is granted externally financed research stays abroad. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution.

Upon appointment, applicants must submit a project proposal for the qualifying work including a work schedule. It is a requirement that the project is completed in the course of the period of employment.Upon appointment, applicants must submit a project proposal for the qualifying work including a progress plan.

We can offer:

- A good and professionally challenging working environment

- Salary at pay grade 60 (code 1352 / pay range 24, alternative 4) according to the state salary scale upon appointment. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 532 300. 

- Further promotions are made according to length of service. For particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered.

- Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

- Good welfare benefits

Your application (in English) 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 referees. One of these should be the main advisor from the PhD programme.

- CV

- Transcripts and diplomas and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted

- Relevant certificates/references

- List of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)

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

General information:

For further details about the position, please contact:

Prof Fabian Rentzsch, Department of Biological Sciences and Sars Centre for Marine Molecular Biology,, ph: +4755584304

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

Upon the expiry of the closing date for applications, an evaluation committee will be appointed. As an applicant, you have a right of access to the committee’s description of your formal and professional qualifications. If you wish to take advantage of this right of access, please contact the executive officer in charge after receiving information about the appointment of the evaluation committee.

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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.

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