Ph.D. in Cell Biology/Cellular Immunology (Norway) Deadline: July 05, 2019

University of Oslo

Application Deadline

July 05, 2019

Program Commencement

October 01, 2019

Duration of the Program

3 Years

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Program Details

The Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, the University of Oslo in collaboration with the Section for Physiology and Cell Biology (FYSCELL) and the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES) invites applications for a Ph.D. Research Fellow in Cell Biology/Cellular Immunology. The candidate for this position will work towards the identification and characterization of new molecules and pathways regulating the intracellular traffic of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC II) molecules leading to antigen presentation. The project will also have an emphasis on the study of antigen loading and presentation in codfishes, which lack MHC II and the MHC II pathway and thus, do not harbor this part of the specific immune system. This project uses cutting-edge technology including live cell imaging, mRNA sequencing, bioinformatics, and proteomics.

Most of the laboratory work of this project is located at the research groups of Associate Professor Cinzia Progida and Professor Oddmund Bakke, at the Section for Physiology and Cell Biology (FysCell), Department of Biosciences, UiO. mRNA sequencing and bioinformatic analyses will be carried out under the supervision of Dr. Sissel Jentoft and researchers at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES), Department of Biosciences, UiO. The project will be conducted in collaboration with international groups and involves potential research stay abroad for the Research Fellow.

The Department of Biosciences harbors the Eurobioimaging Advanced imaging node NorMIC Oslo with access to a wide range of the latest imaging equipment and methods, an EM-lab, the Norwegian Sequencing Centre (NSC) and Proteomics services.

The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, or for a period of 4 years with 25 % compulsory work (e.g. teaching responsibilities at the department) contingent on the qualifications of the candidate and the teaching needs of the department.


  • Salary NOK 472 300 – 515 200 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as Ph.D. Research fellow
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • A vibrant international academic environment
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

Eligibility/ Requirements

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this and they are expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in cell or molecular biology
  • Foreign completed degree (M.Sc.-level) corresponding to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system
  • Candidates without a Master’s degree have until 30.06.2019 to complete the final exam

Experience with eukaryotic cell cultures microscopy techniques and/or transcriptomic analyses will be considered an advantage

Grade requirements

The norm is as follows:

  • The average grade point for courses included in the Bachelor’s degree must be C or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • The average grade point for courses included in the Master’s degree must be B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • The Master’s thesis must have the grade B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English 

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

Application Process

The application must include

  • Application letter
  • A CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work – scientific publications)
  • Copies of the original Master’s degree diploma, transcripts of records and letters of recommendation
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • A brief account (one page, as a separate file) of the applicant’s interest and motivation for applying for the position
  • List of up to 3 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)

The application with attachments must be delivered in the electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Applicants may be called in for an interview.

More information can be found here.

For further information please contact: Associate Professor Cinzia Progida:, Dr. Sissel Jentoft:, or Professor Oddmund Bakke:

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