About the position

The Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway (NCMM) is an international biomedical research centre translating basic medical research into clinical practice and contributing to the University of Oslo’s interdisciplinary focus on life sciences.

NCMM is now seeking outstanding candidates for the position of Communications Officer. The position is permanent and externally funded.

Communications at NCMM enhances national and international awareness of the vibrant molecular medicine research taking place at the Centre. We also collaborate closely with an extended national network of NCMM Associate Investigators as well as the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine. A proactive strategy and implementation plan shapes and directs NCMM’s communication activities toward a range of stakeholders.

The position of Communications Officer encompasses both external and internal communications. In collaboration with the NCMM leadership, the Communications Officer develops and maintains the communications strategy. Furthermore, the Communications Officer builds on the already established communications activity, playing a central role in coordinating and driving all communications. The Communications Officer is expected to have a special interest in and ability to extract scientific information for public dissemination of medical research.

NCMM offers an engaging, dynamic and diverse working environment. The Communications Officer position is an independent role in a dynamic administrative team, and offers the opportunity to work with researchers who are at the forefront of basic and translational scientific research. The Communications Officer also interacts closely with the communication staff at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Oslo, EMBL and within the Nordic EMBL Partnership. There is exposure to international communication, travel to Nordic countries and EMBL sites and support for developing a range of new skills.

Work tasks

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated and dedicated individual who can work creatively, independently, accurately and with a high work capacity. Day-to-day activities and responsibilities include:

  • Building on and improving the existing communications strategy for NCMM
  • Producing engaging written content to showcase NCMM’s research, including interviews and profiles of researchers, highlights of scientific publications, coverage of events and other news of interest as well as the annual report.
  • Coordinating photo and video shoots for the annual report and institute promotional videos
  • Managing content and growing the NCMM website and social media channels (LinkedIn, Twitter). The website is part of the UiO system, and system-wide support is available.
  • Identifying opportunities for profiling NCMM and the Nordic EMBL Partnership in relevant media/publications in collaboration with the Partnership Communication Director.
  • Participating in and coordinating regular meetings and events as well as liaising, meeting and networking with national collaborators and with people from across the Partnership
  • Supporting researchers with science communication, outreach and public engagement

Qualification requirements


  • Education from university or college, minimum equivalent a master level within the fields of natural sciences or medicine. A PhD degree in scientifically similarly relevant areas is highly valued. Experience from similar work can replace this formal requirement.
  • Experience in communication, marketing, journalism, PR or similar
  • Experience with content management systems
  • Experience writing for the web, including social media
  • Fluent written and spoken English
  • Confident, enthusiastic, resourceful and diplomatic
  • Passion for translating complex information and ideas into engaging content
  • Evidence of being able to work independently, using one’s own initiative
  • Strong organisational and project management skills
  • Self-motivated, looking for a challenge and ready to make an immediate impact


  • Written and spoken knowledge of one Scandinavian language
  • A background in science or technology (preferably on a PhD level)
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Experience devising and implementing successful communication strategies

We offer

The successful candidate for the position will be offered a permanent contract on external funding. This is due to the financing of NCMM itself, being a joint venture between the University of Oslo, the Research Council of Norway and South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority.

The position will be included in the Norwegian health insurance and retirement pension schemes and placed either as SKO (Position Code) 1434 Advisor or SKO (Position Code) 1364 Senior advisor. The hired person will get a position according to the experience and qualifications held. For a senior advisor there is a much higher expectation to the ability to perform major tasks independently, and also the possibility to lead smaller projects.

The salary level will for SKO 1434 be within the start range of  499 500 – 599 000 NOK per year, while SKO 1364 will have a range of 543 500 – 637 900 NOK per year. Salary is decided by individual assessment, depending on qualifications and experience.

How to apply

The application must include:

Applications should be written in English and include a covering letter stating motivation, a CV, relevant diplomas or certificates, and names and contact information of 2-3 references.

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

Formal regulations

Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

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

For further information, please visit our website above.

Inquiries about the position can be directed to NCMM Director Janna Saarela (j.s.saarela@ncmm.uio.no).

Inquiries regarding technical aspects of the application can be directed to HR officer Nina Modahl (ninam@ncmm.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 7 500 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway (NCMM) was established in 2008 and is the Norwegian node in the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine. NCMM is a joint venture between the University of Oslo, South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority and the Research Council of Norway. The Centre currently has altogether 11 research groups. The overall objective of NCMM is to conduct cutting edge research in molecular medicine and biotechnology as well as facilitate translation of discoveries in basic medical research into clinical practice.

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