Postdoctoral Fellow position in
evolutionary developmental biology

There is a vacancy for a 3-year postdoctoral fellow position at the Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology in the research group headed by Dr. Patrick Steinmetz. The position is funded on the Sars Centre core budget, and affiliated with the project "Evolution of nutrient homeostasis and reproduction in animals". The position is available from September 2017. 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 research group ‘Evolution of nutrient and growth homeostasis in animals’, led by Dr Patrick Steinmetz is interested in understanding the evolution of the cells and molecules that regulate the balance between nutrient availability and growth in animals. The project is based on a tissue–specific transcriptome analysis comparing fed and fasting animals in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis. The successful applicant will be involved in further validating some of the resulting signalling, neuronal or growth control genes and studying their functional role in nutrient and growth homeostasis. With that aim, the applicant will use and further develop state–of–the–art functional techniques (CRISPR, transgenesis) and combine those with a diverse range of physiological, imaging and molecular biology techniques available.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a PhD degree or the equivalent in a field relevant for 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 degree has been awarded.
  • Previous experience in molecular biology methods is a requirement.
  • Prior experience with Nematostella vectensis or other ‘emerging’ animal model species is advantageous.
  • The applicant must be highly motivated and should show a strong interest in working on evolutionary questions.
  • It is expected that the candidate is able to work independently and in a structured manner, and demonstrates good collaborative skills.
  • 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 1352), 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 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 an official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted
  • Relevant certificates/references
  • List of publications

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: 16. July 2017

General information:
Further information about the position and project can be obtained from Group Leader Patrick Steinmetz, tlf. 55 58 43 51/ 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 applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

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