University of Oslo PhD Research Fellowship in Molecular Biology/Genomics 2017, Norway


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University of Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.

Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES) is a Centre of Excellence (CoE) based at the Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo. CEES combines a broad spectrum of disciplines (population biology, genomics, statistics, mathematical modelling) to foster the concept of ecology as a driving force of evolution via selective processes, with a corresponding influence of evolutionary changes on ecology. CEES has over 160 members (Professors (20), postdocs/researchers (45), PhDs (25), Master’s students (25) and technical and administrative staff) and many guest researchers. The members represent 30 nationalities and constitute a vibrant and creative research environment. CEES coordinate several international networks. The budget = 150 million NOK (about 50 externally funded research projects). CEES is chaired by Professor Nils Chr. Stenseth.

PhD Research Fellowship in molecular biology/genomics

A 4-year PhD Research Fellowship in molecular biology/genomics is available at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES), Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

The fellowship will be for a period of 4 years, with 25% compulsory work. Starting date from 15.08.2017 and no later than 01.10.2017.

No one can be appointed for more than one fixed-term period at the same institution.

Project description

The candidate for this position will work mostly with the molecular analysis of immune cells in codfish. The project will have emphasis on single-cell transcriptomics of immune cells. This project uses cutting-edge technology within molecular biology, modern high-throughput sequencing and bioinformatics. The project aims to understand the codfish immunology which is unique due to its complete lack of MHC class II molecules and CD4+ T cells. The successful applicant will work in close contact with other molecular biologists and bioinformaticians in two interactive multidisciplinary centres, Centre for Immune Regulation (CIR) and Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES). Both centres are Centres of Excellence funded by the Research Council of Norway. The candidate will join two strong academic research environments. The 4-year position includes 25% teaching duties at the Department of Biosciences where the candidate is expected participate in the teaching of undergraduate courses.

Most of the laboratory work of this project is located at the research group of Associate Professor Shuo-Wang Qiao, at the Department of Immunology, Oslo University Hospital - Rikshospitalet, Institute of Clinical Medicine, the Faculty of Medicine, UiO. High throughput sequencing and bioinformatic analyses will be carried out in close collaboration with researchers at Department of Biosciences, Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis.


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 expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

The applicant must have a Master’s degree (or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian Master’s degree) in molecular biology or genomics. Experience with immunology, RNA-seq, high-throughput sequencing or bioinformatics is considered an advantage.

The purpose of the PhD Fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. The Fellowship requires admission to the PhD program at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Appointment to a PhD research Fellowship is conditional upon admission to the Faculty's research training program.

The application must include:

  • Application letter including a statement of interest, briefly summarizing your scientific work and interests and describing how you fit the description of the person we seek
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates and transcript of records
  • Letters of recommendation
  • If applies, a complete list of publications and unpublished works, and up to 5 academic work that 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)

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June 01, 2017
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