May 10, 2010

PhD Research Fellow in Cell Biology, University of Oslo, Norway

The Department of Molecular Biosciences (Institutt for molekylær biovitenskap; IMBV) conducts research and teaching at bachelor and postgraduate level in molecular biology, biochemistry and physiology. The scientific activity is organized into four research programs: The Protein Program, The Physiology Program, The Cell Biology Program and The Gene Program. For more information, see

The fellowship is for a period of up to 4 years, with 25 % compulsory work. Starting date no later than 1 October, 2010.

Job description:

The GLYCONOR consortium of research groups at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences covers a broad spectrum of topics including the physiological importance of glycan structures. The candidate will work in the group of Prof. Sandvig on entry and intracellular transport of plant and bacterial protein toxins that interact with cellular glycoproteins and glycolipids. Endocytic mechanisms, sorting from endosomes and retrograde transport in cells will be studied. The group is affiliated with IMBV and is one of three research groups at the Department of Biochemistry, Institute for Cancer Research, The Norwegian Radium Hospital, Oslo University Hospital, Montebello, 0310 Oslo. We are located in a completely new research building with excellent working facilities. The three groups in the department are all working on related subjects, and we provide an international research environment consisting of about 60 people in the field of transport/signaling in cells.

More information about the projects and publications from the group of K. Sandvig can be found at the home pages ( The research group belongs to a new centre of excellence: Centre for Cancer Biomedicine
The background of the candidate is likely to be in molecular biology/cell biology/biochemistry.

Applicants may submit a project proposal for the qualifying work during the program. The project proposal should include research topic, main issues, as well as choice of theory and method.


Applicants must hold a Master's degree or equivalent in Cell Biology/Molecular Biology/Biochemistry.

Master students that complete their Master degree after the application deadline, but by the end of this semester, may also apply. The fellowship requires A or B at the Master exam.

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the research training programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. An approved plan for the research training, including a project outline, must be submitteed no later than two months after taking up the position, and the admission must be approved within three months. For more information see:

A good command of English is required of all students attending the University of Oslo.


PhD Research Fellow (SKO 1017), pay grade: 45-51 (NOK 355 400 – 394 200 per year, depending on seniority/qualifications)

The application must include:

Application letter
CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Closing date for applications: 15 May, 2010

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

The University of Oslo has a goal of recruiting more women in academic positions.
Women are encouraged to apply.

The University of Oslo also has a goal of recruiting ethnic minorities to Norway in academic positions. Ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.

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