Research Fellow position within the project "Role of neuropeptides in animal behaviour"

A 6-month Research fellow position (code 1109) is available at the Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology, in the research group headed by Andreas Hejnol. The position is within the project "Role of Neuropeptides in animal behaviour " and is available immediately. The Sars Centre belongs to the University of Bergen and is partner with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). The place of work will be at the Sars Centre.

About the project/work tasks:
The Hejnol group studies the evolution and development of animals to reveal the evolution of organ systems. We study the evolution of nervous systems and their function in response to different neuropeptides.

The project will employ experimental behavioural essays of marine invertebrates and their developmental stages. We have recently published a study of the role of FMRFamide in brachiopod larva (Thiel et al 2017). We extend the study of the function of neuropeptides to the group of xenacoelomorphs, which we have in culture and collect from the local biota.

Specific techniques involved include experience in behavioural imaging, gene expression using in situ hybridization and molecular phylogenetic analyses to reveal gene complement and gene orthology. The successful candidate will work in close association with the group leader.

Thiel D, Bauknecht P, Jékely G, Hejnol A (2017) An ancient FMRFamide-related peptide-receptor pair induces defence behaviour in a brachiopod larva Open Biol 7:170136

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a PhD or equivalent degree within the evolution of nervous systems and must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded
  • Strong motivation to perform research at an internationally competitive level
  • Strong experience in in situ hybridization is required
  • Experience in basic bioinformatic methods is required
  • Ability to work both independently and in close collaboration with others in a structured manner
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment
  • Salary at pay grade 57 upon appointment (Code 1109), currently NOK 490.900 gross p.a. Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise)
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must be in English and include:

  • A cover letter that includes a brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • CV
  • List of publications
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be the applicant's main PhD supervisor
  • Transcripts and diplomas and an official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted
  • Relevant certificates/references

The application and appendices with certified translations into English must be uploaded at Jobbnorge. "Apply for this job" - see here. 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.

Closing date for application: 01.01.2018

General information:
Further information about the position and project can be obtained from Group Leader Andreas Hejnol, tel. +47 55 58 43 28, email

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

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 candidate must comply with the guidelines and regulations that apply to the position at all times.

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