The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has a vacant 3-year Postdoctoral fellow position in comparative cancer genetic research (mammary gland/breast cancer) in dogs. The successful candidate will be included in the research group of medical genetics in the Department of Preclinical Sciences and Pathology.

The position is part of a 4-year project «Multiple breast malignancies in dogs; improved understanding of disease progression by human-canine comparison” funded by the Research Council of Norway and NMBU. The project is in close collaboration with Institute of Cancer Research at Oslo University Hospital. The postdoctoral fellow will participate in a larger research group working on mammary gland tumors in dogs and be concerned with comparative aspects between dogs and humans.

Main tasks

  • Bioinformatic analysis including mutation analysis (germline/somatic), expression analysis, whole genome sequence analysis, GWAS, candidate gene analysis, comparative DNA/RNA-analysis, study of potential regulatory elements.
  • Participate in practical molecular analysis including PCR, sequencing, detection of genetic variants, expression analysis, molecular subclassification, in situ hybridization, cellular microenvironment, development/implementation of necessary methods.
  • The candidate will play an important role in shaping the direction of the project both concerning molecular genetic techniques and bioinformatic methods.

The main purpose of the postdoctoral position is to qualify for work in high-level scientific positions.


Required qualifications

  • PhD in bioinformatics or molecular biology. Candidates with PhD in medicine/veterinary medicine with good skills in bioinformatics may be considered. (PhD from abroad need to be official accepted/equal to Norwegian PhD).
  • Experience in bioinformatics and molecular genetics.
  • Good capabilities in both the spoken and written English language
  • Good IKT-skills.

The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:

  • Good experience with data-analysis /software in bioinformatics, including R-programming.
  • Experience in cell biology/cancer research.
  • Experience in laboratory work, cell biology, molecular biology.
  • Experience with supervision/teaching.
  • Experience in professional writing of papers.
  • Good capabilities in both the spoken and written Norwegian or Scandinavian language.

You need to:

  • Be able to work independently and in groups.
  • Be flexible and be able to do some of the work in the laboratory facilities at Oslo University Hospital (Oslo), when necessary.
  • Have good communication skills.
  • Have a strong professional motivation
  • Have good technical understanding and enjoy bioinformatic work as well as laboratory work.
  • Be patient and work accurately.

Remuneration and further information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1352 Postdoctoral Fellow, salary grade 61-77 (NOK 563.500-765.600), depending on qualifications. The position follows ordinary meriting regulations.

For further information, please contact professor Frode Lingaas, phone +47 67232010, e-mail:

 general information to applicants


To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply for this job’ button above. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: 14.10.2022

Up to ten publications selected by the applicant as most relevant must be attached to the application. If it is difficult to identify the contribution of the applicant in multiple-author publications, a short explanation about the applicant’s part of the work is suggested.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary medicine P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within deadline. Please quote reference number 22/04440

Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to present verified copies of diplomas and certificates.

About the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at NMBU is the country’s only veterinary professional education and provide expertise in veterinary medicine and veterinary public health. The Faculty educates veterinarians, animal nurses and doctoral students in Veterinary Science and researches in veterinary medicine and related biomedical fields. We have 500 students and 430 employees.

The faculty consists of the departments of Preclinical Sciences and Pathology, Paraclinical Sciences, Production Animal Clinical Sciences and Companion Animal Clinical Sciences. We also run the Animal Hospital, which is closely linked to our research and education, and receives patients from all over the country.

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

NMBU has a particular responsibility for research and education that secures the basis for the life of future generations. Sustainability is rooted in everything we do and we deliver knowledge for life. NMBU has 1,900 employees of which about 500 phd scholarships and 6,700 students. The university is divided into seven faculties.

NMBU believes that a good working environment is characterised by diversity.

We encourage qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, functional ability, cultural background or whether you have been outside the labour market for a period. If necessary, workplace adaptations will be made for persons with disabilities. More information about NMBU is available at


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