Postdoctoral Fellow in Plant Protein Biochemistry

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 16 Apr 2023

16th April 2023

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Postdoctoral Fellow in Plant Protein Biochemistry
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Job description

The University of Stavanger invites applicants for a two-year position as Postdoctoral Fellow in Plant Protein Biochemistry at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry, Bioscience and Environmental Engineering. The position is vacant for appointment as soon as possible.

The objective of the position is to strengthen research, and to give researchers/scholars holding a doctoral degree the opportunity for further qualification toward top academic positions.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be affiliated with the project “The machinery positioning chlorophyll in Cytochrome b6f”.

The focus of the work is on the isolation of membrane protein complexes, the regulation of protein subunit translation in-vivo and in-vitro, and the assembly of the protein subunits into an enzymatically active complex. 

The position is funded by The Reseach Council of Norway.

The qualifying project will be carried out at the University of Stavanger. It is assumed that the appointee will work full time on the project and that she/he will participate in the academic community.

Competence assessment

Your application must contain a competence assessment. Please outline your current contributions in the experimental sciences, and how working on the project will add to your competence. 

In the project, proteins binding to ribosomes, nascent polypeptide chains, and chlorophyll are investigated during the assembly of Cytochrome b6f. The project description and a detailed experimental plan are drawn up in consultation with the project leader during the first three months of the employment period. It is a prerequisite that you complete the project during the employment period.

Qualification requirements

You must have a Ph.D. with a specialisation relevant for the project. The Ph.D. thesis must have been submitted for evaluation within the application deadline for the position and approved before accession.

In addition you should have:

  • genetic and biochemical experimental experience using model plants
  • experience with experimental work on gene expression, isolation, and characterization of protein complexes from wild-type and mutant plants

You must have a good command of both oral and written English.

    In the assessment the following criteria will be emphasized:

    • relevance, quality and feasibility of your competence assessment
    • submitted scientific work and your skills for working the project within the timeframe
    • international experience and network
    • qualifications within the areas of creativity, innovation and commercialisation of research
    • good teamwork, and communication skills and ability to participate in research communities across organisational units
    • ability to work independently in a structured manner
    • motivation, sense of responsibility and accountability, work capacity and enthusiasm for research

    We offer
    • varied duties in a large, exciting and socially important organisation
    • an ambitious work community that is developing rapidly. We strive to include employees at all levels in strategic decisions and promote an informal atmosphere with a flat organisational structure
    • salary in accordance with the State Salary Scale, 17.510, code 1352, NOK 530.000 - 590.000 gross per year. A higher salary may be considered in special cases. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
    • automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund , which provides favourable insurance- and retirement benefits
    • favourable membership terms at a gym and at the university sports club, SiS sports club  at campus
    • employment with an Inclusive Workplace organisation which is committed to reducing sick leave, increasing the proportion of employees with reduced working capacity, and increasing the number of professionally active seniors
    • Hjem-jobb-hjem , discounted public transport to and from work
    • as an employee in Norway, you will have access to an optimal health service, as well as good pensions, generous maternity/paternity leave, and a competitive salary. Nursery places are guaranteed and reasonably priced.
    • relocation programme
    • language courses : On this page you can see which language courses you may be entitled to (look up “language courses” under employment conditions)


    University of Stavanger values independence, involvement and innovation. Diversity is respected and considered a resource in our work and learning environment. Universal design characterises physical and digital learning environments, and we strive to provide reasonable adjustments for employees with disabilities.

    You are encouraged to apply regardless of gender, disability or cultural background.

    Contact information

    More information on the position can be obtained from Professor Lutz Eichacker, tel: +47 51 83 18 96, e-mail: or Head of Department Ingunn W. Jolma, e-mail: .

    Information about the appointment procedure can be obtained from HR-advisor Rosa Andrade, tel: +47 51 83 11 91, e-mail: .


    To apply for this position please follow the link "Apply for this job". Your application letter, relevant education and work experience as well as language skills must be registered here. In the application letter, you must state your research interests and motivation for the position.

    The following documents must be uploaded as attachments to your application:

    • competence assessment
    • CV with a full summary of your education and experience
    • documentation of approved Ph.D. If you have not completed the Ph.D., you may enclose a confirmation from the institution on the expected date of obtaining the doctoral degree. 
    • complete list of academic publications with information on where they are published. You may also upload up to 5 publications, including your ph.d. thesis or published monograph based upon the thesis.
    • transcripts and certificates, and other documentation that you consider relevant

    Applications are evaluated based on the information available in Jobbnorge on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

    The documentation must be available in either a Scandinavian language or in English. If the total size of the attachments exceeds 30 MB, they must be compressed before upload. 

    Please note that information on applicants may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the official list of applicants - see Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act . If your request is not granted, you will be notified.

    UiS only considers applications and attachments registered in Jobbnorge.

    General information

    The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. If your application is considered to be in conflict with the criteria in the latter legislation, it will be rejected without further assessment.

    Employment as Postdoctoral Fellow is regulated in "Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow and research fellow, research assistant and resident".

    Your qualifications for the position, based on documentation registered in Jobbnorge, will be assessed by an internal expert committee. Based on the committee's statement, relevant applicants will be invited to an interview before any recommendations are made. References will also be obtained for relevant candidates. More about the hiring process on our website.

    UiS has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

    It is a prerequisite that you have a residence which enables you to be present at/available to the academic community during ordinary working hours.

    The position has been announced in both Norwegian and English. In the case of differences of meaning between the texts, the English text takes precedence.

    Morten Berentsen
    UiS - challenge the well-known and explore the unknown

    The University of Stavanger (UiS) has about 12,000 students and 2,200 employees. The university has high ambitions. We strive to have an innovative and international profile, and be a driving force in knowledge development and in the process of societal change. Our common direction is driven by consideration for green and sustainable change and equitable social development, through new ways of managing natural resources and facilitating better cities and local communities. Energy, health and welfare, learning for life are our focus areas.
    In constant collaboration and dialogue with our surroundings, regionally, nationally and internationally, we enjoy an open and creative climate for education, research, innovation, dissemination and museum activities. Academic life at the University of Stavanger is organised into six faculties comprising various departments/schools and National Research Centres, as well as the Museum of Archaeology. We are a member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. The university is located in the most attractive region in the country with more than 300,000 inhabitants. The Stavanger region has a dynamic labour market and exciting cultural and leisure activities.
    Together with our staff and students we will challenge the well-known and explore the unknown.

    The Faculty of Science and Technology offers study programs at bachelor, master and doctoral level. The faculty has established close cooperation on research with NORCE (Norwegian Research Centre AS) and the regional industry. A number of master's and doctoral theses are made in collaboration with the industry. The faculty has established research collaborations with universities in the US and Europe, and has developed several academic environments that are at the forefront internationally.The faculty has about 2,800 students and approximately 500 employees at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Structural Engineering and Materials Science, Department of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering, Department of Energy Resources and the Department of Safety, Economics and Planning.

    The Department of Chemistry, Bioscience and Environmental Technology offers study programs at all levels within the areas Biological Chemistry, Chemistry and Environment. The department is responsible for basic tuition in chemistry at the faculty. There are currently about 60 employees including doctoral and postdoctoral fellows, and 230 students at the department.

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