Job description

A 1-year Researcher position in systems neuroscience is available in the group of Associate Professor Koen Vervaeke: The lab is located at the Division of Physiology, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences (IMB), at the University of Oslo. The position is funded for a period of 1 year and available from the 1st of August 2022.

The Faculty of Medicine has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

More about the position

We are searching for highly motivated candidates with a strong interest in systems neuroscience, microscopy, optical physics, and hardware automation. The successful candidate will help further develop techniques in two-photon laser microscopy and perform experiments. This requires automation of complex microscope systems.

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a PhD in neuroscience and have experience in systems neuroscience techniques such as two-photon microscopy and optogenetics, and have experience developing hardware and software automation for these techniques.
  • Applicants should have good programming skills (LabVIEW and Matlab), be a critical thinker and team player. Links to previously written code packages are essential to assess experience. The candidate should be able to work independently and structured, while at the same time engage in close collaborations.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the relevance of the candidate’s background.

We offer

  • A challenging and friendly working environment
  • Salary NOK 553 500- 661 400 per annum depending on qualifications, (position code 1109)
  • Favourable pension arrangements
  • Attractive welfare benefits

How to apply

The application must include

  • A one-page statement of motivation, research interests and a brief description of previous relevant experience.
  • CV
  • Copies of educational certificates
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
  • Optional: letters of recommendation

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. 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).

Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to research posts 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.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

Contact information

Associate Professor Koen Vervaeke, e-mail:

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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