Postdoc Position: Evolution of Ligand Recognition in Neurotransmitter Receptors

Postdoc Position: Evolution of Ligand Recognition in Neurotransmitter Receptors

University of Bergen

Bergen, Norway

There is a vacancy for a 4-year postdoc position at the Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology ( in the research group of Dr. Timothy Lynagh, funded by an ERC starting grant. The Sars Centre belongs to the University of Bergen, and is partner of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory ( The place of work will be at the Sars Centre. The preferred starting time is May/June 2019.

About the project/work tasks:

Work in the Lynagh group focuses on the evolution, function, and pharmacology of ligand-gated ion channels, receptors that mediate rapid communication between neurons, using molecular phylogenetics, mutagenesis, chemical biology, and electrophysiology.

This postdoc project aims to dissect the chemical basis by which excitatory receptors from the nervous sytem recognize neurotransmitters. To this end, the candidate will perform both molecular/chemical biology and electrophysiological experiments. There is also potential for structural biology work, e.g. X-ray crystsallography.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a PhD (at least equivalent to a Norwegian PhD) in either protein biophysics, neurobiology or related discipline or 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 with patch clamp electrophysiology is essential
  • Experience with chemical biology (e.g. non-cannonical amino acid incorporation) or structural biology (e.g. X-ray crystallography) will be viewed favourably
  • It is expected that the candidate is able to work independently and in a structured manner, and demonstrates good collaborative skills
  • 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. A higher salary may be considered for a particularly well qualified applicant. 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

Your application in English must include:

  • A cover letter that includes a 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” at the top/bottom of the 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: 27 March, 2019

General information:

Further information about the position can be obtained from Group Leader Dr. Timothy Lynagh, tlf +47 55 58 43 41, email

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.

We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.

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