Associate or full professorship in cell biology Department of Biosciences At Oslo University. Norway

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Associate or full professorship in cell biology at the Section for Physiology and Cell Biology, Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

The Department of Biosciences seeks an active researcher with a strong publication record for an associate or full professorship within the field of cell biology. The successful applicant should be on an upward trajectory and is expected to have strong potential to execute research projects at a high international level and to perform research in areas that will have synergistic effects with current research in the section and the department. The ideal candidate should address fundamental questions in cell biology focusing on animal systems and would take advantage of existing infrastructure and common research facilities in the section and department. Candidates for the position should supply a research plan, which demonstrates how the applicant’s research will strengthen or create synergy effects on current research at the department and are encouraged to contact current faculty members.

Research in the Section for Physiology and Cell Biology involves studies at the subcellular level, with focus on endocytic and secretory mechanisms in mammalian cells, including post-translational modifications and nanoparticle-based drug delivery. At the cellular and organism level, research foci include physiological adaptations to extreme conditions, muscle physiology and neural mechanisms of learning and plasticity. The research groups participate in a number of research initiatives and programs involving scientists at other Departments at the Faculty, at other Faculties at UiO and outside UiO.

The Department of Biosciences has core facilities for advanced confocal microscopes for still and live imaging, scanning- and transmission electron microscopes, mass spectrometry, high-throughput DNA sequencing and a newly established ancient DNA laboratory. Other common research facilities include a phytotrone, animal facility including aquarium, as well as field stations.

To qualify for appointment the applicant must have completed a PhD. For appointments to professorships the requirement is considerable academic production beyond what is required for a doctoral degree.

The person appointed should be able to carry out research based teaching in cell biology and molecular biology at the bachelor level, master and PhD levels and to supervise master and PhD students.

The person appointed will perform and supervise research and carry out research-based teaching in the relevant fields. The successful candidate will be expected to attract extramural research funding. A teaching load of 50 % applies, including courses under bachelor and master programmes, and supervision of the research of master and doctoral students. The person appointed can also be requested to undertake administrative duties.

In the assessment of applicants, emphasis will be placed on the research potential and then teaching and other academic qualifications, as well as those for management and administration.  Personal qualities, such as ability to collaborate, communication skills and scientific leadership will be emphasized. The quality and extent of the applicants’ scientific production during the last five years will be given particular weight, as well as experience in modern research methods and techniques.

Academic qualifications will be ascribed more weight than other qualifications. Cf. the “Rules for appointments to professorships and associate professorships”,

Rules for the assessment and weighting of pedagogical competence for appointments to permanent academic posts which include teaching duties:


Pay grade associate professor (position code 1011) : 62 – 74 (NOK 529 200 – 664 000 per year, depending on qualification)

Pay grade professor (position code 1013): 70 – 84 (NOK 614 700 – 870 000 per year, depending on qualifications)

Applicants must upload the following 3 PDF files before the application deadline:

1)      Application letter

2)      Research plan (up to 5 pages)

3)      Portfolio organized in the following order:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of scientific publications
  • Summary of up to 10 selected scientific publications the applicant wishes to include in the evaluation describing their significance and impact.
  • Documentation of teaching qualifications and experience.
  • Documentation of external fund raising.
  • Other qualifications, including administrative experience, the applicant wishes to have included the evaluation.

The teaching languages at the University of Oslo are Norwegian and English. The person appointed to the position is expected to be able to teach in Norwegian within a time limit of 2 years from taking the position.

The University of Oslo wants to have more women in permanent academic positions. Women are encouraged to apply.

In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results, see:

  • Region:
  • Oslo
  • Job type:
  • Permanent
  • Working hours:
  • Full-time
  • Working days:
  • Day
  • Application deadline:
  • 18 March, 2016
  • Location:
  • Oslo
  • Reference number:
  • 2016/530

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