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Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position in Comparative Immunology – University of Oslo, Norway, Apr 2022


The University of Oslo invites applications for a position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow who must be qualified to teach cellular and molecular immunology at an upper bachelor/post-graduate level, the Department of Biosciences (IBV), Norway – Apr 2022

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: 534,400 NOK/Year

Department of Biosciences (IBV)

University of Oslo (UiO), Norway


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Qualification Details

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition to be among Europe’s leading communities for research, education and innovation. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in immunology or a closely related field with significant employment of bioinformatic analyses. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by April 4th 2022. Only applicants with an approved doctoral thesis and public defence are eligible for appointment.
  • Practical experience with general molecular and cell biology techniques is required
  • User-level bioinformatics experience is required
  • Experience with single-cell transcriptomics of immune cells will be an advantage
  • Experience with fish biology and fish experimental biology will be an advantage
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Interest and experience from teaching (particularly if applying for a four-year position)

Personal skills

  • Good communication skills, orally and written
  • Ability to work independently, but also in teams
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position

Responsibilities/Job Description

The appointment is a fulltime position for a period of four years, including 25 % teaching in immunology. The candidate must be qualified to teach cellular and molecular immunology at an upper bachelor/post-graduate level.

Alternatively, the appointment is a fulltime position for a period of three years (10% of which is devoted to required duties, usually in the form of teaching activities).

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Oslo.

Job description / Project description / Development plan:

The position is associated with the Comparative Immunology Group in the Section of Physiology at IBV. The group works closely with scientists in the Department of Immunology, Oslo University Hospital - Rikshospitalet, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and at the Centre of Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES) at IBV, and seeks to understand host responses and protective immunity in vertebrates with “unusual” immunogenomes. While the adaptive immune system encompassing B cells, T cells and MHC class I and class II loci is shared among all jawed vertebrates, Atlantic cod and other codfishes specifically lost the MHC class II locus and CD4+ T cells approximately 100 mya. In other vertebrates (including most other fishes), the MHC II – CD4 axis is required for strong antibody responses and vaccine efficacy. Recently, whole genome sequencing has added more teleosts to the list of vertebrates with unusual immunogenomes.

The candidate for this position will work mostly with cellular, molecular and bioinformatic analyses of immune cells and genes in codfish and other teleosts with unusual immunogenomes. The project will employ single-cell transcriptomics of immune cells and other cutting-edge technology within molecular biology, modern high-throughput sequencing and bioinformatics. The candidate will join a strong academic research environment.

The laboratory work of this project is located in the Department of Biosciences, the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, UiO, at Blindern campus and at the Department of Immunology, Oslo University Hospital - Rikshospitalet, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine. Additionally, experimental work with codfish is carried out at NIVA research station Solbergstrand near Drøbak. The project will also include fieldwork on research vessels operated by The Institute of Marine Research.

Postdoctoral fellows who are appointed for a period of four years are expected to acquire basic pedagogical competency in the course of their fellowship period within the duty component of 25 %.

The main purpose of a postdoctoral fellowship is to provide the candidates with enhanced skills to pursue a scientific top position within or beyond academia. To promote a strategic career path, all postdoctoral research fellows are required to submit a professional development plan no later than one month after commencement of the postdoctoral period.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

The application must include

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, academic transcript of records
  • A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

About the Department

Department of Biosciences (IBV) is one of nine departments at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Research in the department is organised in five sections covering topics within biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, cell biology, genetics, aquatic biology, toxicology, ecology, and evolutionary biology. Education across these topics is offered for around 350 bachelor, 250 master, and 120 PhD students. With 52 permanent professors/associate professors, post-docs, researchers, technical, and administrative personnel, the Department has a total staff of 340 from more than 30 different countries. The Department aims to maintain high international standards within both research and teaching. The new bachelor program in bioscience is the first of its kind to include programming and computational modelling as core elements.

About the Employer:


  • Salary NOK 534 400 – 615 800 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (position code 1352)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Professionally stimulating working environment
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Postdoctoral development programmes
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

Formal regulations

Please see theguidelines and regulationsfor appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Fellow period at the University of Oslo.

If an applicant has applied for and been granted funding for a fulltime research stay abroad while being employed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, the employment will be prolonged with the equivalent time as the research stay, but for no longer than of twelve months ( thus extending the employment to a maximum of four years)

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

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Contact details

For further information please contact: Finn-Eirik Johansen, phone: +47 975 21 401, e-mail: [email protected]

For technical questions regarding the recruitment system please contact: HR adviser Nina Holtan, phone: +47 22854424, e-mail: [email protected]

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