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University of Oslo PhD position in bioinformatics, Norway

Publish Date: Sep 19, 2016

Deadline: Oct 10, 2016

PhD position in Bioinformatics

A PhD FELLOWSHIP (SKO 1017) in bioinformatics is available for 3 years at the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Department of Molecular Medicine, from 01.11.2017.  The position is associated with the laboratory of Professor Philippe Collas which focuses on the study of genome organization in stem cells, and will be supervised by Dr. Jonas Paulsen.


The project aims to develop computational methods for analysis and integration of large, genome-wide datasets (ChIP-seq, RNA-seq, other) into 3-dimensional (3D) models of the genome, using in-house modeling tools. The overall goal is to gain insight into principles governing 3D folding of the genome, and understand how genome organization fails in disease.

The candidate will be able to draw on existing expertise within the group in the area of genome 3D modeling from the points of view of genomics and computational biology. The work will involve interactions in a cross-disciplinary team consisting of biologists, bioinformaticians, physicists and computer scientists.

The objective of a research fellowship is completion of research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Candidates must have completed higher education equivalent to a Norwegian master degree and be granted admission to the Faculty’s PhD program. The grade requirements is an average grade of no less than grad B on subjects at master’s level and on master thesis. Subjects on bachelor’s level should be no less than grade C.  The research fellow is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period.

Qualifications and Personal Skills

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in informatics or bioinformatics, should have experience with programming or scripting, and a strong motivation to understand genome biology. Creativity, and a willingness to try new ideas and approaches, is an advantage. Short listed applicants will be contacted for an interview. A research seminar will be expected as part of the interview.


  • Master's degree in informatics, bioinformatics, mathematics, statistics (or similar)
  • Experience with programming or scripting
  • Ability to work independently and take initiatives
  • Ability to collaborate in a cross-disciplinary environment
  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English

Personal qualities

  • Motivation and enthusiasm
  • Creativity
  • Collaboration skills
  • Excellent communication skills in English

We offer

  • A challenging and friendly working environment
  • Salary ranging from pay grade: 50 – 56 (NOK 432 700– 480 900)
  • Stimulating and attractive work environment
  • Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Attractive welfare benefits

The application must include

  • CV summarizing education, positions and relevant work experience
  • Complete list of abstracts and publications; do not include publications themselves
  • ½ page statement of previous research accomplishments
  • ½ page motivation statement for wanting to do a PhD
  • List of 3 references with contact information

The application with attachments is to be delivered in our electronic recruiting system EasyCruit. 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 assessing applications, particular emphasis will be placed upon the academic and personal ability of the candidate to complete the project within the given timeframe.

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

The University of Oslo has an agreement regarding acquisition of rights to work results for all employees, with the aim to secure rights to research results, etc.

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.

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