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PhD Research Fellow in cell biology and genetics – University of Bergen, Norway, 2022


The O’Farrell lab within the Department of Biological Sciences in Bergen has a vacancy for a highly motivated, creative and responsible PhD Research Fellow within Drosophila cell biology and genetics, 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD Research Fellow
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 491 200 NOK/Year

Department of Biological Sciences

University of Bergen (UiB), Norway


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Qualification Details

  • Applicants must hold a master's degree or equivalent education in either Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics or other relevant field. Master students can apply provided they complete their final master exam before 31.08.2022. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded.
  • Documented experience, either practically or theoretically, of Drosophila genetics is a major advantage.
  • Practical Experience with confocal microscopes is an advantage.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner and demonstrate good collaborative skills.
  • Applicants must be proficient in both written and oral English.
  • The applicant must have good work ethic, be self-driven and organised while having enthusiasm for pursuing the advertised research project. This must be reflected upon in the cover/motivational letter.

Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

Responsibilities/Job Description

  • The project takes advantage of the model system Drosophila, the fruit fly, to genetically induce tumours in vivo and monitor their growth and spread using high resolution confocal imaging. We are developing the genetic system to induce tumour growth within a defined region of cells while knocking down gene function in the surrounding microenvironment. The system will give us the means to rapidly genetically dissect signalling pathways influencing growth and spread via the available fly RNAi library stocks. We are most interested in understanding what influence the microenvironment (and to some extent nutrient status) plays to tumour cell growth and spread.
  • The fly lab is situated within a molecular biology subgroup with the larger department of Biology. All equipment is shared. The project is well funded and will have technical support.
  • The research fellow is expected to make novel and impactful findings of broad interest within the medical research field resulting in high impact papers.
  • The group has established collaborations within Developmental, Cancer model and translational research labs in Oslo and Stockholm with an aim to investigate the scope of our findings and this network will be available to the successful applicant.
  • Funding includes scientific travel expenses (conferences, meetings).

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

  • a brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • the names and contact information for two referees. One of these should be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis
  • CV
  • transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not yet completed your master's degree, please submit a statement from your institution confirming the expected date of award of your master's degree. Your master's degree must be documented with transcripts and/or diploma, alternatively a confirmation from your institution on completed degree and your grade, by 31.08.2022.
  • relevant certificates/references
  • approved documentation of proficiency in English (if required, cf. English language requirements for PhD admission).
  • a list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
  • any publications in your name

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

About the Employer:

Note or Other details

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.

  • a good and professionally stimulating working environment
  • salary at pay grade 54 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 10) in the state salary scale. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 491 200. Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position.
  • enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • good welfare benefits

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Contact details

Fergal O'Farrell, PhD, Associate Professor, email: [email protected]

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