Department Engineer (Avdelingsingeniør, code 1085)

A full time, permanent position as Department Engineer (code 1085) is available in the newly established Burkhardt research group at the Sars Centre from January 2018. Work in this group focuses on the evolutionary origin of synapses and neurons, using choanoflagellates, sponges and ctenophores as main model systems. The Sars Centre belongs to the University of Bergen and is partner of The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL).

The position is given technical tasks supporting the group research activities. The successful candidate will receive additional training on specific techniques when necessary. Major tasks will include molecular biological and biochemical work (e.g. cloning and protein expression/purification), imaging (e.g. confocal microscopy) and choanoflagellate/animal culture. The position also encompasses the responsibility for the daily management of lab equipment and consumables, purchasing and HSE tasks. The employee reports to the group leader though he/she may be temporarily daily supervised by other members of the group.


  • The successful applicant must hold at least a relevant bachelor level science degree. Extensive and relevant practice combined with relevant formal training may compensate for insufficient formal education
  • Routine experience in standard molecular and cellular biology techniques is a requirement, competence in imaging techniques is a major advantage
  • The applicant must be able to communicate fluently (written and spoken) in English. Some knowledge of Norwegian will need to be acquired if not possessed at the time of recruitment
  • Personal skills that allow constructive interaction with the group members are important
  • Partly flexible work schedule will be occasionally necessary, and compensated for according to UiB regulations

We offer:

  • A challenging position with interesting tasks in an internationally acknowledged scientific environment
  • Salary as Department Engineer ("avdelingsingeniør", code 1085) from grade level 43-52, salary frame 22, based on a formal assessment of civil service seniority and qualifications. A higher salary may be offered to candidates with exceptional qualifications
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (Statens pensjonskasse, SPK)
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise)
  • Good welfare benefits

Application in English:

    Send your electronic application via the link “Apply for this job” - on this page

    Application must include:
  • Application letter stating your motivation for applying to this position and why you feel you are a successful candidate for this position
  • Overview of your education and work experience (CV)
  • Certified copies of educational transcripts and other relevant documents
  • Two references (names and contact information)

Please note that applications will be assessed only with the information available in JobbNorge when the deadline expires. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all relevant attachments are submitted by the deadline.

Applications by e-mail only will not be considered.

Application deadline: October 10, 2017

General information:

For further information about the position please contact Head of Administration Carol Bruce, tel +47 55 58 43 60, or Group Leader Pawel Burkhardt email:

UiB is an organization that particularly must be adaptive to changing conditions and requirements. Consequently the person employed must be prepared to see tasks changed.

The State sector staff shall to the extent possible reflect the diversity in the population at large. The state personnel policies aim at a balanced age and gender composition, and to recruit people with immigrant background or reduced work capacity.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that at any given time apply to the position.

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