Postdoctoral Fellow Position within the project
Evolution of Hox gene function in Tunicates

There is a vacancy for a 3 year postdoctoral fellow position at the Sars Centre in the research group headed by Dr. Daniel Chourrout. The position is funded on a TOPPFORSK grant from the Norwegian Research Council and is within the project Evolution of Hox gene function in Tunicates . The position is available from August 2017. The Sars Centre belongs to the University of Bergen, and is partner of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL).

Project/work tasks:
The research group studies the evolution of tunicates using as model organism the larvacean Oikopleura dioica. The project aims at elucidating the role of Hox genes during embryonic and larval development and their involvement in genetic developmental pathways. There are nine Hox genes in Oikopleura that were dispersed in nine locations of the genome (Seo et al, Nature 2004). Some of them may have acquired lineage specific functions The work will benefit from new technological developments for gene knock out and gene expression knock down.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree in fields related to the project 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.
  • A good knowledge and experience of up-to-date molecular biology and morphological imaging techniques is required. Experience of genome-wide identification of transcription factor target genes would be an asset.
  • Ability to work both independently and in close collaboration with others in a structured manne
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English

We can offer:

  • a good and professionally challenging working environment
  • salary at pay grade 57 (code 1352) upon appointment, currently NOK 488.900. 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

Applications in English must include:

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

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.

Applications by e-mail only will not be considered.

Closing date for application: 30 June 2017.

General information:
Further information about the position can be obtained from Director/Group Leader Daniel Chourrout, ph. +47 90891044 / 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.

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 that apply to the position at all times.

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