University of Bergen

Department of Biomedicine

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.

Full-time permanent position as Researcher at the Department of Biomedicine

At the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biomedicine, a full-time permanent position as researcher is available. The position is externally financed by the Research Council of Norway and for the time being a part of the project «N-terminal acetylation as a key physiological regulation mechanism» in the Thomas Arnesen lab and the research group Translational Cell Signaling and Metabolism. The project has a temporary financing for three (3) years.


About the Department/Project

The major aim of the project is to biochemically characterize novel acetyltransferases. N-terminal acetyltransferases (NATs) couple acetyl-groups to the majority of proteins in a human cell, thus making N-terminal acetylation one of the most abundant protein modifications. NATs are thereby very important for a range of cellular and physiological processes. Our research group at University of Bergen identified and characterized the complete known NAT-machinery in human cells. However, we believe that there exist other NATs that have central roles in our cells. By mapping these enzymes, we may increase our understanding of fundamental cellular processes with a significant impact on human disease.


At the Department of Biomedicine, education and research center on the biological mechanisms of human health and disease:



Research position

The main tasks of the researcher will be:


  • Planning, execution and analysis of research experiments on N-terminal acetylation within the frames of this RCN-project. Both standard and advanced methods in biochemistry, molecular biology and zebrafish studies are needed to carry out this project. Thus, the researcher is expected to act as a self-driven scientist with the responsibility of key parts of the project.
  • Supervision of students from Bachelor-level to PhD-level.


For further information about the project and the position, please contact Professor Thomas Arnesen, e-mail:



Qualifications and qualities

  • The applicant must hold a relevant PhD or equivalent doctoral degree within molecular biology or biochemistry
  • The successful applicant must have produced several original peer-reviewed publications as a first author in international journals within the field of protein modifications
  • Excellent abilities in communicating scientific information is required, for instance in the form of authorships of review articles
  • The candidate must have extensive and documented practical experience with protein purification, mammalian cell models and zebrafish
  • Experience with student laboratory supervision at Master and PhD-level is demanded.
  • The applicant must be motivated and responsible, and also have a great work capacity and enthusiasm for research
  • Personal skills, including abilities to work independently and cooperate within a research group will be evaluated
  • The candidate must be fluent in written and oral English


We can offer

  • a good and challenging work environment in research front of protein modifications
  • starting salary will be found at level 59 - 62 (code 1109/salary scale 24.3 – 24.6), currently NOK 508 800 – 537 700 gross p.a. for a fulltime position; following ordinary meriting regulations. A pension contribution of 2 % will be deducted and deposited to the state pension scheme
  • a good pension scheme in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • inclusive workplace (IW)
  • good welfare benefits


For more information regarding what the University of Bergen can offer its employees please visit:


The following premises are valid for this Researcher position

  • the researcher will be a member of the research group of which the topic/project belongs to
  • the salary shall if possible be 100 % covered by external financing
  • the researcher shall actively contribute to attract external funding to the research project, both for her/his own position and other positions, from the Research Council of Norway, EU and other sources
  • the researcher is expected to have her/his research activity financed by the project of the researcher and the projects of the associated research group
  • the Head of Department may allocate work for the researcher related to specific research projects
  • the researcher may participate in committee work and other administrative tasks within the University of Bergen
  • the researcher has no teaching duties, but is expected to supervise master and PhD students when this is a natural part of the research activity of the research group
  • the researcher may apply for competence promotion according to the regulations for promotions  


Recruitment to state employment

State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. The University of Bergen has therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced age and sex composition and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds. Persons of different ethnic backgrounds and persons with disabilities are therefore encouraged to apply for the position.


The University of Bergen applies the principles of public openness when recruiting staff to scientific positions. Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if their request is not respected.


The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.


The application

You send your application with attachments electronically via Jobbnorge by clicking on the button marked “apply for this job”.


The application must include:

  • a brief letter of application stating your motivation for the position, why you are applying and why this position is perfect for you
  • an overview of your education and work experience (CV)
  • witnessed copies of diplomas and relevant certificates (applicants with education from other countries than Norway must enclose diplomas in both the original language and authorized translations)
  • publications and academic work (max 10) and a list of these
  • two referees (name and contact information)


The applications with attachments are sent electronically to the expert committee.

Please note that the applications will be forwarded to a committee with the information and attachments uploaded in Jobbnorge at closing date.

Further information about our employment process can be found here.

Closing date for applications: 16 December 2018

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    Sunday, December 16, 2018
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