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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Molecular and Cancer Biology

admin - March 30, 2020 - 0 comments


until the position is filled


Valen Lab, University of Bergen

At the Department of Informatics, at the Computational Biology Unit, and the Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology, there is a vacancy for a postdoctoral research fellow position in Molecular and Cancer Biology.

The position is for a fixed term of 3 years and is funded by the Norwegian Cancer Society. The position is connected to the project “Metastatic in translation – decoding the protein synthesis program for metastatic potential”.

About the project

All employees are expected to contribute to excellence through high quality research and teaching. The working environment for this position will be in the Computational Biology Unit in the research group lead by Eivind Valen. This group is part of the Sars Centre, an EMBL partner, where the experimental lab is located.

Genes are regulated at multiple levels. They are encoded in DNA, which is transcribed to RNA molecules which are, finally, translated to proteins. While the abundance of RNA is often proportional to the protein level, this is not always the case in cancer. This indicates that protein synthesis is misregulated and hijacked by a cancer translation program. Recently, high-throughput sequencing techniques have made it possible to assess translation in all genes simultaneously.

In this project we will use ribosome profiling-related assays to investigate the translational program in cancer in order to understand how this is regulated. In particular, we will profile ribosomal small subunits to investigate the role of scanning-mediated regulation during metastasis. The candidate will take the lead on the project, using high-throughput methods and other approaches for the study of translation in cancer.

Qualifications and personal qualities

  • Applicants must hold a PhD or an equivalent degree within Molecular Biology, bioinformatics or related field, or 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.
  • Experience from high-throughput sequencing is an advantage. Also, experience with translation, protein synthesis and ribosome profiling.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others.
  • Applicants must have excellent skills in oral and written English
  • Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Research experience, ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

About the position of postdoctoral research fellow

The postdoctoral position is a fixed term position with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions. If the appointee lacks teaching experience, or other relevant qualifications, the employment period may be increased to 4 years. Teaching and other duties will in such cases be added to the position. The department will fund the extra months.

The position may be extended by up to one year (maximum 4 years in total) if the appointee is granted externally financed research stays abroad. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution.

For postdoctoral research fellow positions associated with externally financed projects, the completion of the project proposal for the qualifying work, as well as a progress plan, will be developed in cooperation with the supervisor and head of department.

It is a requirement that the project is completed in the course of the period of employment.

We can offer

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment
  • Salary at pay grade 60 (code 1352 / pay range 24, alternative 4) according to the state salary scale upon appointment. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 532 300. Further promotions are made according to length of service. For particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered.
  • Enrollment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application:

To apply, please send an application letter with a brief account of your research interest and motivation together with your CV (including publications and two referees) directly to Associate Professor Eivind Valen.

For HR related matters, please contact Lene Sørheim

General information

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting:

Associate Professor Eivind Valen

For HR related matters, please contact Lene Sørheim

The state labour force 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.

We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply

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.

Further information about our employment process can be found here.

About the department

Digitization of businesses, industry, public administration, and education makes informatics play an increasingly important role in the development of the society. Research and education in informatics are crucial for the digital transformation of the society to succeed. The Department of informatics contributes to this through seven research groups that deliver research and education at a high international level in algorithms, bioinformatics, information security, machine learning, optimization, programming theory, and visualization. All the groups are successfully co-funded by research grants, among others by the European Research Council (ERC). The department offers state of art education at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels. Due to the central role informatics plays in society, the department is in rapid growth, in the number of students, research directions, and employees. We have today about 700 students, and 150 employees, among which 35 are faculty and 50 PhD candidates. We recently founded the Center for Data Science (CEDAS) as an important extension of our research and education activities

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