PhD Research Fellow in environmental toxicology of marine mammals

Updated: 5 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 31 May 2023

10 May 2023
Job Information

University of Bergen

Department of Biological Sciences
Research Field

Biological sciences
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

31 May 2023 - 00:00 (Europe/Brussels)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

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.

Research Field
Biological sciences
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent

  • 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.


Additional Information

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

Additional comments

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.
  • 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

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University of Bergen
Postal Code
Thormøhlensgate 53A

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