Research Fellow positions (Researcher II) in Comparative Developmental Biology

There is a vacancy for two 2-year Research Fellow positions (Researcher II, code 1109) at the Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology, in the research group headed by Dr. Andreas Hejnol. One position is funded on the Sars Centre core budget, and affiliated with the project "Comparative Developmental Biology of Animals". The second position is funded by the ERC Consolidator Grant "The evolution of mesoderm and its differentiation into cell types and organ systems" (EVOMESODERM Project #648861). The positions are available from 1st October 2017 thru September 2019. 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 "Comparative Developmental Biology", led by Dr Andreas Hejnol is interested in understanding the evolution of organ systems and cell types and the changes in developmental processes that lead to their diversity in animals. The group is using advanced microscopic, molecular and bioinformatics tools to study animal species that are informative to answer evolutionary and developmental biological questions. The ERC funded project is related to the early subdivision and differentiation of the mesodermal germ layer. The Sars Core budget funded project is related to other developmental processes (cell fate decision, patterning and cell type specification) and germ layers (neuroectoderm, endoderm) which are in the scope of the research in the Hejnol lab (see e.g. recent publication record). The successful applicants will be involved in studying the development in different animal lineages (spiralians, ecdysozoans and xenacoelomorphs). We aim to use and further develop state-of-the-art functional techniques (CRISPR, transgenesis) in species that are kept in closed life cycle in the laboratory and combine imaging, molecular and genomic approaches.

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
  • The applicant must be highly motivated and should have a strong interest in working on evolutionary questions
  • Prior experience with bioinformatics and functional analyses is advantageous
  • 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 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. In your cover letter please specify to which Research Fellow position you are applying (ERC or Core Budget).

Application deadline: July 31, 2017

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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