2 PhD positions in Molecular Biology – University of Bergen, Nov 2022

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The University of Bergen invites applications for Ph.D. positions are part of the projects “New concepts of protein regulation in health and disease” and “Actin acetylation in cancer metastasis” at the Faculty of Medicine, Department of  Biomedicine, Norway – Nov 2022

Qualification Details

  • The applicant must hold a master`s degree or equivalent in molecular biology
  • Experience from work with human cell lines and basic molecular biology techniques is demanded
  • First-hand experience with microscopy techniques to study proteins in a cellular context and/or mammalian cell behaviour and phenotypes is required
  • Experience with protein modifications and protein modifying enzymes is a strong plus
  • Work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others
  • The applicant must be motivated and responsible, and also have a great work capacity and enthusiasm for research
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English
Applicant whose education is from another country than Norway, need to also attach a certified translation of the diploma and transcript of grades to English or a Scandinavian language, if the original is not in any of these languages. It is required that the applicant enclose a review from NOKUT whether the education in question (bachelor and master's degree) is of a scope and level that corresponds to the level of a Norwegian master’s degree. Please see www.nokut.no/en for more information about NOKUT’s general recognition. The review from NOKUT may take some time and the application should be sent to NOKUT as soon as you have decided to apply for the position. If no answer within the application deadline, you must enclose documentation from NOKUT that they have received your application. See documentation requirements for language qualifications:http://www.uib.no/en/med/115526/english-language-requirements-phd-admission

Organized research training (PhD program):

The candidate must take part in the University of Bergen approved PhD programme leading to the degree within a time limit of 3 years. You must have admission to the organized research training (PhD program) at the Faculty in order to qualify for the position. Application for admission to the PhD programme, including a project plan outline for the training plan must be submitted no later than three months after the date of commencement. The PhD-position:PhD-positions are fixed term positions. You cannot be employed in a PhD-position for more than one fixed term period at the same institution or have had similar employment at an institution in the region.

Responsibilities/Job Description

At the Faculty of Medicine, Department of  Biomedicine, a full-time PhD-position is available for a period of four (4) years or max 4 months after completed the PhD-degree, if this is achieved within a shorter time than four years. The positions include 25 % required duties such as teaching, exam work or supervision, depending on the demands at the department.

About the project/work tasks:

  • A major aim of the projects is to characterize the molecular functions of human N-terminal acetyltransferases (NATs). NATs couple acetyl-groups to the majority of proteins in a human cell, thus making N-terminal acetylation one of the most abundant protein modifications. See TiBS, doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tibs.2016.07.005
  • Our research group at UiB (https://www.uib.no/rg/nat) identified and characterized the complete known NAT-machinery in human cells. However, the full functionality of NATs remains to be explored. By further defining these enzymes and their substrates, we may increase our understanding of fundamental cellular processes with a significant impact on human disease. See Mol Cell, doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molcel.2019.02.007 
  • The main tasks of the Ph.D. fellows will be planning, execution and analysis of research experiments on NAT mediated N-terminal acetylation within the frames of these RCN/UiB-projects. Both standard and advanced methods in molecular biology are needed to carry out the projects. Collaboration with other members of the lab to pursue the larger goals of the projects is required.

How to Apply?

Application Method: online_applicationRef. No. -

Application Procedure

Your application must include:

  • A brief account of the applicant`s research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • Certified copies of diplomas and transcripts of grades
  • Applicant whose education is from another country than Norway, need to also attach a certified translation of the diploma and transcript of grades to English or a Scandinavian language, if the original is not in any of these languages. It is required that the applicant enclose a review from NOKUT whether the education in question (bachelor and master degree) is of a scope and level that corresponds to the level of a Norwegian master’s degree. Please see www.nokut.no/en for more information about NOKUT’s general recognition. This may take some time and we recommend you to apply as soon as you know you will apply for this position. If no answer within the application deadline, please enclose documentation from NOKUT that they have received your application
  • Documentation of language skills (English) http://www.uib.no/en/med/115526/english-language-requirements-phd-admission
  • Complete list of publications and scientific work you want to be evaluated
  • Any publication in your name
  • Two references (name and contact information)

Offer

  • Exciting development opportunities as part of your role in a strong professional environment
  • Salary NOK 509 500 (code 1017, pay grade 55) in the state salary scale. For applicants with at least one year of employment in a position as a General Practitioner or Dentist, salary NOK 526 100 (code 1017, pay grade 57). Medical specialist starts on salary NOK 544 400 (code 1017, pay grade 59)
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits

General information

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. 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. For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

Contact Details

For further information please contact Thomas Arnesen, e-mail: [email protected]