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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Molecular microbiology

Position as postdoctoral research fellow available at School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo.

The fellowship period is 3 years, with 10 % compulsory work.
Within the framework of the position duties may be assigned. Starting date no later than 01.10.2017. No one can be appointed for more than one specified period at the same institution.

Job description/ Project description:

The position will be affiliated with the Laboratory of Microbial Dynamics ( and Centre for Integrative Microbial Evolution (CIME) ( and in close collaboration with other research groups at the University of Oslo and national and foreign research institutions.

The successful candidate will work with problems related to the development of antibiotic resistance in a One Health perspective. Use of antibiotics in both human and veterinary medicine affects the resistance development in the environmental bacterial population and vice versa. The work will involve characterization of molecular mechanisms behind the development of resistance in pathogenic bacteria. The candidate will work in a team to limit the use of antibiotics e.g, development of vaccines. As models, we will use various Gram-negative bacteria such as the waterborne bacterium Vibrio cholerae which causes the disease cholera in humans, Francisella noatunensis causing the disease francisellosis in fish including cod, and Piscirickettsia salmonis causing disease in salmon. These diseases are serious as they are a growing problem in humans due to natural disasters caused by climate change and the cultured fish population because there is no effective treatment or vaccine. We will in this project study the interactions between bacteria and host related to development of antibiotic resistance. For this we will partly use a newly developed zebrafish infection model.


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 expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

The successful applicant must have a PhD or other corresponding education in microbiology, molecular biology, biotechnology, veterinary sciences, pharmacy or equivalent. Candidates with competence in antimicrobial resistance, molecular microbiological methods, microscopy and imaging, cell sorting, and bioinformatics are highly appreciated. Candidates whose thesis is submitted for public defense are also invited to apply. The candidate must have defended the thesis before 1.10.2017. Travel and longer stays at other research institutions in Norway and abroad is expected.

There are requirements for proficiency in English, both oral and written. Knowledge of Norwegian is appreciated. Personal characteristics, such as communication and collaboration skills, will be given careful consideration, based also on evaluation by given references and interviews with the best candidates.

The main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their disciplines.    

Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for post-doctoral fellowship positions:


Position code 1352, Salary: NOK 486 100 – 567 100 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority.

The application must include:

  • Application letter
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Documentation of proficiency in English
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)                                                                                     Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

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

UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

For further information please contact: Professor Hanne C. Winther-Larsen, phone: +47 22857011, e-mail:

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