PhD Research Fellowship in Structural Biology, University of Oslo, Norway

Publish Date: Apr 07, 2015

Position as PhD Research Fellowships are available at Department of Chemistry, University of Oslo.

If the successful candidates have a good knowledge of one Scandinavian language (Norwegian, Swedish, Danish), the fellowship will be for a period of 4 years, with 25 % compulsory work (teaching responsibilities at the Department). Otherwise, the fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with no compulsory work. Starting date no later than 1 October, 2015. No one can be appointed for more than one fixed-term period at the same institution.

Job/ project description:

The PhD project will be in the field of structural biology on a project entitled "Bacterial toxins – Structure, function and molecular interactions ". The project will ideally combine biophysical characterization (foremost by X-ray crystallography) with cell biological investigations.

It is anticipated that the project will include a research stay at a foreign institution such as the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), Grenoble. The project can be expanded to involve collaborations with Michele Cascella (computational chemistry) and Kirsten Sandvig (cell biology).

Since this project is clearly interdisciplinary, it will be suited for candidates from various disciplines, who are motivated to learn new skills. It is important that the candidate is qualified for experimental work in the laboratory, but also good at computer work. The candidate should further be confident working on her/his own, and in addition be a good team-player.

This work builds on previous research described in Holmner et al., 2004, Structure 12, 1655-67; Holmner et al., 2007, J. Mol. Biol. 371, 754-64; Holmner et al., 2010, FEBS Lett. 584, 2548-55 and Heggelund et al., 2012, BBRC 418, 731-5. Our laboratories are state-of-the-art.

The position will be associated to the National Norwegian PhD School in Structural Biology, BioStruct, and, if granted, to a European Training Network


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

Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, or other relevant disciplines.

Candidates without a Master's degree have until 30 June, 2015 to complete the final exam.

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programme must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position. For more information, see here and here.

A good command of English is required of all students attending the University of Oslo. For English proficiency requirements, see here


Position code 1017, Pay grade: 50 - 57 (NOK 429 700 – 482 800 per year)

The application must include:

  • Application letter (including a motivation for applying for this position) in English
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • Copies of educational certificates,transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee.
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

In accordance with the University of Oslo's equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.

UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

  • Region:
  • Oslo
  • Job type:
  • Contract
  • Working hours:
  • Full-time
  • Working days:
  • Day
  • Application deadline:
  • 13 April, 2015
  • Reference number:
  • 2015/3471

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