We seek an enthusiastic co-worker as PhD candidate in our research group (Neuroimmunology Research Group) in the Laboratory of Immunobiology. The position will be based at the Department for Molecular Medicine (Anatomy), University of Oslo (UiO).

The focus of our research is the immune response in the central nervous system in multiple sclerosis, in particular the role of B cells and immunoglobulins. The PhD candidate will take part in the dynamic and stimulating research environment at the Department of Molecular Medicine. The main supervisor will be Assoc. Professor/MD Andreas Lossius.

More about the position

The fellowship period is three years, and the position is funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The research fellow must take part in the Faculty’s approved PhD program and is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period. The main purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The applicant must, in collaboration with her/his supervisor, within three months after employment, have worked out a complete project description to be attached to the application for admission to the doctoral program. For more information, please see our web site: Doctoral degree: PhD in medicine and health sciences – Faculty of Medicine (uio.no)

Work tasks include

  • Immunological techniques, such as advanced flow cytometry, fluorescence microscopy, ELISA, immunoprecipitation, proteomics and molecular biology techniques including protein expression
  • Bioinformatic analysis
  • Writing and revising scientific articles

Qualification requirements

The candidate should hold a master/diploma level degree or an MD. The suitable applicant has a master’s degree in the life sciences or similar or is a physician/MD who has interest in translational research. The Master’s thesis and the average grade point for courses included in the Master’s degree must have the grade B or better in the Norwegian educational system.

Training will be provided, but previous experience with laboratory work within molecular biology is an advantage. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English are a prerequisite. In assessing applications, particular emphasis will be placed upon the academic and personal ability of the candidate to complete the project within the given time frame and write a PhD thesis under supervision.

Personal skills

  • Strong motivation
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and as an integrated member of a team
  • Good communication skills

We offer

  • Excellent working conditions
  • An exciting and stimulating academic environment
  • Salary NOK 491 200 – 534 400 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow (position code 1017)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include

  • Application letter, including motivation for applying for the position statement and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • Copies of educational certificates and transcripts of records
  • A complete list of publications and academic works
  • Contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link: “Apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

Applicants may be called in for an interview.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. We also want to have employees with diverse expertise, combinations of subjects, life experience and perspectives. We will make adjustments for employees who require this. 

If there are qualified applicants with special needs, gaps in their CVs or immigrant backgrounds, we will invite at least one applicant in each of these groups to an interview.

Contact information

Associate Professor Andreas Lossius, Department of Molecular Medicine (E-mail: andreas.lossius@medisin.uio.no)

About the University of Oslo 

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Institute of Basic Medical Sciences overall objective is to promote basic medical knowledge in order to understand normal processes, provide insight into mechanisms that cause illness, and promote good health. The Institute is responsible for teaching in basic medical sciences for the programmes of professional study in medicine and the Master’s programme in clinical nutrition. The Institute has more than 300 employees and is located in Domus Medica.

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