PhD Research Fellow in environmental toxicology of marine mammals

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Deadline: 31 May 2023

31st May 2023

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PhD Research Fellow in environmental toxicology of marine mammals
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PhD Research Fellow in environmental toxicology of marine mammals

There is a vacancy for a PhD Research Fellow in environmental toxicology at the Department of Biological Sciences. The position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years with the possibility of a 4th year with compulsory other work (e.g. teaching duties at the Department). The position is associated with the NFR project "Whales and polar bear in a petri dish: decoding marine mammal toxicology through in vitro and in silico approaches", and funded by the University of Bergen.

About the project/work tasks:

The main aim of this exciting project is to establish fundamental knowledge about toxicological defense systems of marine mammals by characterizing functional properties of the molecular components of this system, as well as cellular responses in cell cultures from different species of marine mammals. Another aim is to integrate bioinformatic analyses of genome and transcriptome data with available reports on gene expression in biopsies from marine animals in nature. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway, is linked to the Centre for Digital Life Norway, and has nine partners in Norway, Spain, Portugal, and USA.

The work tasks of the PhD fellow will involve establishing cell cultures from biopsies of selected species of marine mammals, experiments with reprogramming and differentiation of cells, toxicological exposure studies, and analyses of a variety of molecular and cellular endpoints using advanced methodology.

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate who masters relevant techniques on a theoretical as well as practical level. The position will involve some travelling both nationally and internationally, and a short-term research stay abroad is an option.

Qualifications and personal qualities:
  • Applicants must hold a master's degree or equivalent education in environmental toxicology, cell biology, molecular biology or other relevant field. Master students can apply provided they complete their final master exam before August 15, 2023. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded.
  • Experience from working with cell biology and molecular biology is a requirement.
  • Experience from experiments with environmental toxicology and marine mammal cells is an advantage.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner and demonstrate good collaborative skills.
  • Applicants must be proficient in both written and oral English.

Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

About the PhD Research Fellow

The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with the possibility for a 4th year, consisting of 25 % compulsory work (e.g. teaching responsibilities at the department) distributed over the employment period. The 4th year is contingent on the qualifications of the candidate and the teaching needs of the department and will be decided by the head of department upon appointment. 

The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a qualifying post (e.g. research fellow, research assistant).

About the research training

As a PhD Research Fellow, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. The deadline for applying for admission to the PhD programme at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is 2 months after you start your position or after the start of the research project that will lead to the PhD degree. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.

We can offer:
  • a good and professionally stimulating working environment.
  • salary as PhD research fellow (code 1017) in the state salary scale. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 532 200 (equivalent to pay grade 54). Further increases in salary are made according to length of service in the position.
  • enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application 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 referees. One of these should be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis.
  • CV
  • transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not yet completed your master's degree, please submit a statement from your institution confirming the expected date of award of your master's degree. Your master's degree must be documented with transcripts and/or diploma, alternatively a confirmation from your institution on completed degree and your grade, by August 18, 2023.
  • relevant certificates/referencesapproved documentation of proficiency in English (if required, cf. English language requirements for PhD admission ).
  • a list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).
  • any publications in your name.

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.

General information:

For further details about the position, please contact professor Anders Goksøyr , Department of Biological Sciences, UiB.

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.

For further information about the recruitment process, click here .

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About UiB

The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad. 

There are seven departments and several centres at Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Read more about the faculty  and departments.  

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31st May 2023


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