About the position

Position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow available at Department of Pharmacy, Section for Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Biosciences.

Starting date as soon as possible and no later than 01.10.2022.

The appointment is a fulltime position and is for a period of two years.

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

Job/ project description

The position will be part of the Neurobiology & Toxicology group Neurobiology & Toxicology – Department of Pharmacy (uio.no) in close collaboration with other re-search groups at the University of Oslo, and national and international research institutions. The applicant will work with molecular neurodevelopmental out-comes after exposure to medications or pollutants during pregnancy. We use the developing chicken embryo model and primary cultures from the chicken brain, as well as cell lines such as PC12, NTERA-2, and SHSY-5Y during differentiation in 2D or 3D culture. We are also interested in brain organoids as models for studies of developmental neurotoxicity. Relevant medications to study are antiepileptics, antidepressants and analgesic drugs.

The main purpose of a postdoctoral fellowship is to provide the candidates with enhanced skills to pursue a scientific top position within or beyond academia. To promote a strategic career path, all postdoctoral research fellows are required to submit a professional development plan no later than one month after commencement of the postdoctoral period.

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition to be among Europe’s leading communities for research, education and innovation. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

Required qualifications:

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in neurobiology or pharmacology. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Only applicants with an approved doc-toral thesis and public defence are eligible for appointment. 
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.

Desirable qualifications:

  • Knowledge of relevant animal models, such as the chicken embryo model, including Felasa C certificate and/or neuronal cell cultures (2D, 3D, or organoids) is advantageous.
  • Experience with relevant molecular biology methodology such as plate reading, cell sorting, microscopy, is advantageous.
  • Knowledge of relevant medications and/or brain development is beneficial.
  • Experience with Master student supervision is advantageous.

Personal skills

  • Personal characteristics such as creativity, independence, being a team player will be valuable.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 534 400 – 615 800 per year, depending on qualifications in position as Research Fellowship (position code 1352)
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Postdoctoral development programmes
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Attractive 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:

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, academic transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

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).

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, as well as the candidate’s motivation and personal suitability. suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

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

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.

If an applicant has applied for and been granted funding for a research stay abroad while being employed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, the employment will prolonged with the equivalent time as the research stay, but for no longer than of twelve months
( thus extending the employment to a maximum of four years).

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. 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

For further information please contact: Professor Ragnhild Elisabeth Paulsen, phone: +47 22844936, e-mail: r.e.paulsen@farmasi.uio.no

For questions regarding  the recruitment system  please contact HR Adviser Torunn Standal Guttormsen, , e-mail: t.s.guttormsen@mn.uio.no

About the University of Oslo 

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7500 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society. 

The Department of Pharmacy has 130 employees. We have an active research and innovation environment based on independent research in pharmaceutical topics. The Department of Pharmacy is responsible for the popular master’s degree program in pharmacy and has 350 competent and committed students.

Pharmaceutical related research and education forms the base of all activities at the Department of Pharmacy. The science of pharmacy lies in the interface between the natural sciences, pharmaceutical technology, health related topics and social sciences. This interdisciplinarity is reflected both in our study programmes and in our research.

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