2015 PhD position in molecular biology-biophysics, Norway

2015 PhD position

2015 PhD position in molecular biology-biophysics, Norway

The Department of Molecular Biology http://www.uib.no/en/mbi has a vacancy for up to two research fellow(s) in biophysics/molecular biology in the group of Øyvind Halskau. The positions are for a fixed-term period of 3 years and are affiliated with the project, “The membrane as a catalyst of damaging protein misfolding events” funded by the Research Council of Norway’s FRIMEDBIO programme. The project aims to investigate links between the lipid composition and physical state of the artificial and cellular membranes on one hand, and protein misfolding events on the other.

The project will take place in the NUCREG program research environment, which consists of Aurélia E Lewis, Øyvind Halskau, Rune Male, Hee-Chan Seo and Rein Aasland and their staff and students


Project/work tasks:

  • Determining lipid factors that drive or suppress the formation of annular oligomers
  • Investigating the molecular changes necessary for annular oligomer formation in the presence of promoting factors in artificial and/or cellular membranes

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • You must have completed a master’s degree or equivalent in molecular biology or a related field, or have submitted your master’s thesis for evaluation before expiry of the application deadline. It is a requirement that the master’s degree has been completed before the decision to appoint can be made.
  • You must have experience from atomic force microscopy or other biophysical techniques suitable for resolving membrane structures, phase behavior and dynamics at high spatial and temporal resolution.
  • Skills in advanced lipid analysis using LC MS/MS or analytical NMR is an advantage
  • Experience in fluorescence-based techniques and cell biology is an advantage
  • The successful candidate should have a background that gives a good understanding of protein and lipid biochemistry, also from experimental point of view
  • You must have well-developed critical thinking and writing skills.
  • We are seeking a highly motivated and hard-working candidate with enthusiasm for science, good communication skills, abilities for teamwork, and independent research.
  • You must be proficient in both written and oral English

The research training programme:

As a PhD Candidate, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. A final plan for the implementation of the research training must be approved by the faculty within three months after you have commenced in the position. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.

We can offer:

  • A good, professional and international challenging working environment.
  • Modern laboratories with diverse research activities.
  • Participation in an interesting and well-functioning research program.
  • Salary at pay grade 50 upon appointment (Code 1017). Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).
  • Good welfare benefits.

2015 PhD position in molecular biology-biophysics, Norway

The application must include:

  • A cover letter
  • A research statement that describes your research interests and motivation for applying for the job (maximum 1 page) should be submitted as a separate attachment
  • The names and contact details of at least two referees (one of these may be the main supervisor for your master’s thesis or equivalent thesis)
  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of your bachelor’s and master’s degrees, or official confirmation that your master’s thesis has been submitted
  • CV
  • Relevant certificates/written references
  • A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
  • Publications (if any), including submitted manuscripts

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.

Closing date of applications: April 26, 2015

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained from Professor Øyvind Halskau, Department of Molecular Biology, University of Bergen ([email protected] / +47 55 58 45 63).

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 26 April 2015

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