Researcher position: Sea anemone stem cell characterisation

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

8 May 2023
Job Information

University of Bergen

Michael Sars Centre
Research Field

Biological sciences » Biology
Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

31 May 2023 - 23:59 (Europe/Oslo)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Hours Per Week

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
About The University of Bergen

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. 

Michael Sars Centre is situated at the Marineholmen campus together with other research institutes at the University. The Centre is organized as an independent research centre placed within the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science and is a partner of the European Molecular Biological Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany.– Read more here .


There is a vacancy for a researcher position at the Michael Sars Centre ( ) in the research group headed by Dr. Patrick Steinmetz. The position is for a period of 6 months and is funded on the core budget. The Michael Sars Centre belongs to the University of Bergen and is partner of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) ( ). The place of work will be at the Michael Sars Centre. The preferred but negotiable starting date is August 2023.

About the project/work tasks:

The research group ‘Evolution of nutrient and growth homeostasis in animals’ is interested in understanding how animal growth is regulated by feeding using the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis as research organism. A major focus of the lab is to identify and study stem and progenitor cell populations in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis. We have generated a single-cell dataset and transgenic knock-in reporter lines to identify stem cells in the sea anemone Nematostella. The successful candidate will analyse the mutant phenotype using existing transgenic lines and perform spatial expression analysis to validate the singe-cell dataset. In addition, the candidate will lead the manuscript writing on these two projects together with the group leader.

Qualifications and personal qualities:
  • The applicant must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within the field of Genetics or Developmental Biology and must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.
  • The successful candidate must have experience in working with mutant and transgenic knock-in lines in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis.
  • Prior experience in performing in situ hybridisation on Nematostella adult tissue is also essential.
  • A strong motivation to perform research at an internationally competitive level is expected.
  • The ability to work both independently and to cooperate with others in a structured manner is essential.
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English is a requirement.
  • The application cover letter, in English, must explain the candidate's interest in this workgroup and how the candidate's skillset matches the position.

Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Research experience, ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates. 

Special requirements for the position:

The University of Bergen is subjected to the regulation for export control system. The regulation will be applied in the processing of the applications.

We can offer:
  • A professional, challenging and international working environment.
  • Well-equipped, modern laboratories and facilities
  • Position as Researcher (code 1109 in the basic collective agreement) and a gross annual salary of NOK 573.900 (equivalent to pay grade 62) upon appointment. Further promotions are made according to length of service. For particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application in English must include:
  • A cover letter of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • The names and contact information 2-3 reference persons. One of these must be the main advisor from the PhD programme
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted
  • Relevant certificates/references
  • List of publications or other relevant scientific work

The application and any attachments along with certified translations in English or another Scandinavian language must be uploaded to JobbNorge.

Application Deadline:  31.05.2023

General information:

Further information about the position can be obtained from Group Leader Patrick Steinmetz, email: .

The state workforce shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. 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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Research Field
Biological sciences » Biology
Education Level
PhD or equivalent

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University of Bergen

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Post Box 7800
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