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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cancer Cell Biology
Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences,University of Oslo
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cancer Cell Biology

Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo


Job description
Position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow available at the Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo in the research group of Professor Cinzia Progida.

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Oslo. The appointment is a fulltime position and is made for a period of three years (10% of which is devoted to required duties, usually in the form of teaching activities).

The candidate for this position will work on a project funded by the Norwegian Cancer Society. In this project, we aim to unravel the role of the endoplasmic reticulum-focal adhesions contact sites in transducing external cues to the nucleus, leading to altered gene expression, and how this is coupled with the development of the cancer cell invasive ability during cancer progression. To achieve this, the project will make use of RNAi screens and advanced imaging techniques such as super-resolution and live imaging. Our group has access to the National imaging platform NorMIC Oslo, with a wide range of state-of-the-art imaging equipment. The Department of Biosciences harbors also an EM-lab, the Norwegian Sequencing Centre (NSC) and Proteomics services.

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.

Qualification requirements
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition is 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 Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, or a similar field. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Only applicants with an approved doctoral thesis and public defence are eligible for appointment.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Competitive publication track record.
  • Documented hands-on experience with eukaryotic (preferably mammalian) cell culture is required.
  • Extensive practical experience with molecular and cell biology methods is required.
  • Previous experience with advanced imaging techniques, preferably confocal live imaging, and image analysis is required.
  • Documented experience with the study of intracellular transport or organelle dynamics is a strong advantage.

How to apply
The application must include

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest and describing how your background and previous experience relate to the project in general, and how your skills fit into the research framework outlined)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, academic transcript of records
  • Letters of recommendation
  • 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.