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SCIENTIA FELLOWS is a research fellowship programme in the field of Health Life Sciences launched and managed by the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Oslo. It is supported and partly funded by the EU Horizon 2020 under the Maria Skłodowska-Curie scheme – Co-funding of Regional, National and International Programmes (COFUND).

With this Call we are inviting talented experienced researchers to apply for one of the 38 fellowship positions at UiO or other partner organisations.

My Scientia Fellows Experience

Watch Oscar, a former fellow, sharing his experiences in this short movie:

We offer

  •  Excellent research environments
  • Professionally stimulating working environment
  • International collaboration and networking
  • Cross-sectoral opportunities
  • Career advancement
  • Good working conditions
  • Access to research and transferable skills training
  • Access to special career development programmes: the Postdoctoral programme at UiO and School of Health Innovation
  • Becoming a more visible partner for future EU funding.
  • Attractive welfare benefits 
  • Starting salary NOK 526 000 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352) or Researcher (position code 1109/1108). The salary level will be assessed for each individual employee based on current regulations. See further details about salary on our website, under Terms and conditions. 
  • The net salary will be paid after the deductions of tax, when applicable. For information on the Norwegian tax system, see please: https://www.uio.no/english/about/jobs/ismo/before-arrival/taxes/ 

Call publication date: 11 February 2021

Application deadline: 11 May 2021

Types of fellowships

• Incoming – for postdoctoral researchers from all over the world (who have not resided or carried out their main activity in Norway for more than 12 months in the last 3 years immediately prior to Call deadline 11.05) willing to conduct their research work at the University of Oslo (duration: 12-36 months).

• Outgoing – for postdoctoral researchers from all over the world, who apply to work as a seconded/visiting researcher in a host organisation outside Norway (provided that they have not resided or carried out their main activity in the country of the host organisation for more than 12 months in the last 3 years immediately prior to Call deadline 11.05) and to continue with a second phase at the University of Oslo (duration: 12-24 months + 12 months).


Researchers from all countries are eligible for the programme. They must be fluent in English (both written and spoken) and:

• Have a PhD degree OR have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience since obtaining a university diploma. (This experience needs to be documented). In the latter case, the research experience must give access to doctoral studies in the country in which your degree or diploma was obtained, or in the country in which the research training is provided irrespective whether or not a doctorate was envisaged.

• Comply with the mobility requirements that depend on the chosen fellowship scheme.

In both fellowship types, in order to be eligible a researcher must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organisation for more than 12 months in the last 3 years immediately prior to the Call deadline.

There are 32 broad thematic areas to choose from offered in Call 3.

We encourage Applicants to contact Hosts of interest in order to discuss developing a research proposal.

For all details about the Programme and eligibility, thematic areas and application process, please check Scientia Fellows website and the Guide for Applicants.

Thematic areas

The broad thematic areas available in Call 3 are: Bacterial population genomics; Biostatistics; Cancer; Cancer and thrombosis; Cancer cell biology; Cancer drug discovery; Cancer genomics; Cancer immunotherapy; Cardiac pharmacology; Cardiovascular disease; Cardiovascular physiology; Clinician-patient communication and adherence; Cryo-EM structure determination of human membrane proteins; Epidemiology; Experimental cardiology; Genetics, bioinformatics, genome structure and variation; Health informatics and digital citizen services; Immunoinformatics; Immunology; Mechanisms underlying cardiac diseases; Metabolism and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease; Mitochondrial integrity; Molecular cell biology; Neuroimaging; Obesity research, endocrinology, diabetes; Organelle dynamics; Organ-on-a-chip/organoids; Primary health care education; Psychiatric genetics; Risk and mechanisms of immune disorders; Stem cells and cell therapy; Systems genetics.

See our webpage for further information about the thematic areas.

How to apply

Before starting the online application process, please familiarise yourself carefully with our application requirements. It is essential that all required attachments are uploaded. See the Guide for Applicants and other information about how to apply on our website.

The application consists of the four mandatory attachments and supporting documents as explained in the Guide for Applicants:

Please save and upload all attachments with your surname in the file name, e.g. SURNAME_Att.3, SURNAME_Att.4

The application portal “JobbNorge” has a field for application text and a standard CV template. We ask you not to fill in any application text in the portal (you may type your chosen thematic area in order to get to the next step), and to only fill in your personal details in the CV stage. Your attached CV and other documents listed above will form the basis for the evaluation process.

The application with attachments must be delivered here in our electronic recruiting system. Please note that all documents should be in English.

Evaluation criteria can be found in the Guide for Applicants.

It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

Contact information

http://www.med.uio.no/scientia-fellows, e-mail: scientia-fellows@medisin.uio.no

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Fellow period at the University of Oslo.

Candidates who have previously been employed as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oslo may be offered employment as a researcher (SKO 1109), if they are otherwise eligible. Candidates without a PhD, but who are otherwise eligible, may be offered employment as researcher (SKO 1108).

According to the Norwegian Freedom and 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.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

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 Faculty of Medicine was established in 1814 and is the oldest medical faculty in Norway. The Faculty is organized into three basic units and has approximately 1,500 employees and about 2000 students.

Scientia Fellows is a transnational fellowship programme (2019-2024) in the field of Health Life Sciences. In addition to focus on excellent research, the programme supports innovation activities and strives to bring together academia, hospital and industry in cross-sectoral collaborations. Through this programme, researchers can enhance their career, improve networking and develop new transferable skills.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801133.

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