The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Institute's overall objective is to promote basic medical knowledge in order to understand normal processes, provide insight into mechanisms that cause illness, and promote good health. The Institute is responsible for teaching in basic medical sciences for the programmes of professional study in medicine and the Master's programme in clinical nutrition. The Institute has more than 300 employees and is located in Domus Medica.

Researchers/computing analysts in Neuroanatomy, neuroinformatics, and brain atlasing

A position as COMPUTING ANALYST / RESEARCHER (SKO 1108) is available at the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Department of Molecular Medicine, for 1 year with possibility for renewal / longer term extension.

The position is associated with the Neural Systems Laboratory and will be funded through the EU Human Brain Project. The laboratory employs computational methods, neuroimaging, digital brain atlasing, and neuroinformatics to develop and implement new technologies for analysis of brain architecture, connectivity, and gene and molecular distributions at the level of regions and whole brain. In the Human Brain Project, the laboratory will deliver management and curation of large amounts of quantitative neuroanatomical data describing salient aspects of mouse and rat brain systems subserving motor, somatosensory, and memory functions. Data analysis will result in descriptions of cell type positions and densities, neurotransmitter distributions, gene expression patterns, and axonal connections. A key goal will be to integrate and analyse the data in a common spatial brain atlas framework for the purpose of feeding computational brain models developed within the Human Brain Project. The position should be filled as soon as possible. For general information about the project and rodent brain atlasing, see

Job description
The computing analyst / researcher employed shall contribute to spatial registration and curation of diverse microscopic brain image data from collaborators in the Human Brain Project and from various other sources. Software tools and workflows developed in the Neural Systems Laboratory are in place to perform the work and will continue to be developed in response to the needs of the project. The computing analyst / researcher will furthermore assist with quantitative analyses to extract strategic data required for modelling purposes in other work packages of the Human Brain Project.

Qualifications and personal skills
We are looking for a highly motivated and competent researcher holding a Master degree (M.Sc) in a relevant field of science, who enjoys working in an international and interactive environment. The successful candidate should have a solid background in neuroscience (preferably from subfields neuroanatomy and neuroimaging). Candidates with prior experience from anatomical research using advanced microscopy and 3-D imaging, and the personal prerequisites to carry out the project will be preferred. Experience with histological methods, computational 2-D / 3-D image registration methods, data management, and programming is an advantage. In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the relevance of the candidate’s background, with regards to research field and the research methods. The assumed academic and personal ability of the candidate to complete the project successfully will also be considered. Short-listed applicants may be invited for an interview at the University of Oslo or by teleconference.

For further information please contact:  Professor Trygve Leergaard 

                                                                    Professor Jan G. Bjaalie


  • Applicants should have a five year Master degree from a Norwegian university or an approved equal degree.
  • The successful applicant must speak and write English fluently
  • Good technological skills and experience with advanced technical (imaging) equipment are required
  • Experience with microscopy and image processing is required
  • The candidate must be capable of taking initiatives and work independently
  • Emphasis will be attributed to team-working, communication and individual suitability for the project

We offer:

  • An interesting and challenging assignment in a research group which runs a state-of-the-art infrastructure for high-  throughput acquisition of 2-D and 3-D histological images and digital atlasing
  • A productive research environment.
  • Salary level NOK 419 100 – 465 000 (Ltr. 48-54) depending on qualifications
  • Favourable pension arrangements Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • Attractive welfare arrangements benefits.

The application must include:

  • The application letter (including a summary of applicant’s scientific work and interest and describing how she/he fits the description of the person we seek)

  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity

  • Copies of educational certificates with grades, letters of recommendation

  • Names and contact details of 2-3 referees (names, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

  • A complete list of publications and all academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee

  • The application with attachments is to be delivered in our electronic recruiting system EasyCruit.

  • Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English.

  • 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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    Sunday, June 11, 2017
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