University of Bergen

Department of Molecular Biology

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

Researcher in molecular biology and biochemistry

There is a vacancy for a researcher at the Department of Molecular Biology within biochemistry and drug development for a period of two years. The position is associated with the project "Novel drug candidates for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease treatment" which is funded through the BIOTEK2021 optimization program within the Research Council of Norway. The project is headed by Professor Nathalie Reuter at the Department of Molecular Biology and the Computational Biology Unit at the University of Bergen.


About the project/work tasks

The position is associated with the groups of professor Nathalie Reuter and professor Tomas Eagan at the Department of Thoracic Medicine at Haukeland University Hospital. The overall project is a collaborative effort between organic chemists, molecular biologists, molecular modellers and clinicians. It aims at optimizing organic compounds and verifying their potential as drug candidates for the treatment of COPD. The person recruited will have the responsibility for the biochemical assays to measure the inhibitory potential of organic compounds for two target enzymes, and will also titrate these enzymes in biological material.


Qualifications and personal qualities

  • The applicant must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within molecular biology or biochemistry before the expiry of the application deadline
  • Experience from enzymatic activity and inhibition assays involving organic compounds is required
  • Experience with ELISA assays is required
  • Experience in working with biological material will be considered an advantage
  • Experience with proteases will be an advantage, and so will experience with fluorogenic assays
  • Work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others
  • Experience from multidisciplinary projects will be an advantage
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English

We can offer

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment
  • Salary at pay grade 57 (code 1109) according to the state salary scale upon appointment. Further promotions are made according to length of service. For particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IW)
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include

  • A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these can be the main advisor from the PhD programme.
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas
  • Relevant certificates/references
  • List of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
  • Publications (as applicable)


The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at JobbNorge.


Closing date for applications: 7 June 2017


General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting: Prof. Nathalie Reuter, Computational Biology Unit and Department of Molecular Biology, University of Bergen, email:


The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. 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.


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