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PhD Research Fellow in Ecology of Vision – USN, Norway – Dec 2021

Norway, University of South-Eastern Norway (USN)

USN has a vacancy for a 100% positions as PhD Research Fellow at the National Centre for Optics, Vision and Eye Care from 01.05.2022 or 01.06.2022. The position is formally attached to the Department of Optometry, Radiography and Lighting Design; The place of employment is at the University’s Campus Kongsberg.

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General Info

Position: PhD Research Fellow
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: May 01, 2022
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 491 200 NOK/Year

National Centre for Optics, Vision and Eye Care
University of South-Eastern Norway
University of South-Eastern Norway (USN)

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Qualification Details

Applicants to the PhD position must have a Master’s degree in optometry, biology, or another relevant field. The applicant must have gained the degree within the application deadline. It is an advantage that the applicant has both vision science and molecular biological and genetic knowledge (practical and theoretical), as well as knowledge and experience with biotechnology. It is a requirement that the successful applicant is granted admission to the university’s doctoral programme in Ecology within three months of accession in the position. For admission to the Programme the weighted average grade B or higher is usually required.

Applicants must have an excellent command of written and spoken English and preferably at least one Scandinavian language. Previous experience with publications is advantageous but nor required.

The candidate should have competency, willingness and interest in learning the relevant topics of the PhD project and associated areas such as experimental design, laboratory and research methods, as well as statistics/data science.

The candidate must have the ability to work independently and at the same time have the motivation to share knowledge and takepart in team work. Personal suitability for the post will be emphasised.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Ecology of vision aims to identify inter-relationships between vision, evolutionary processes, mammalian and human behaviour, and the environment. The mammalian eye and retina have evolved specific adaptations to cope with the light conditions encountered in their environment, including photoreceptor/pigment types and sensitivities, eye size, and a network of circadian clocks synchronized to the day/night cycle. In this PhD project, in-vivo ocular measures will be combined with histology reconstruction, and molecular analyses to provide new insights into how natural seasonal variations in natural daylight rhythms affect eye growth in large mammals and humans.

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Documents Required

Applicants to the post must register their application and CV with enclosures online via the Jobbnorge recruitment portal by clicking on the link on the right-hand side –  “Søk stillingen” (Apply for the post).

The following documents shall be attached to the online application:

  • Transcripts and diplomas of Bachelor's and Master's Degrees (120 ECTS)
  • Other relevant certificates (if applicable, must be specified)
  • A motivation letter
  • Documentation of english proficiency
  • Any scientific publications and a list of these
  • Three references (contact information)

Please note that all documents must be in a Scandinavian language or in English. Any translations must be certified.

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We offer

  • A stimulating and growing research environment, with good opportunities to develop your career and your academic skills
  • A good social environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits in the State Pension Plan
  • Opportunity for physical activities within working hours


PhD Research Fellow (code 1017): NOK 491 200 a year. Further promotion will be based on time served in the position.

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Contact details

For more information about the position, please contact: Professor Rigmor C. Baraas, phone +47 928 366 59

For questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact: Ruth Helen Haugerud epost/tlf: / 47 35 95 26 17

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