University of Bergen

Department of Biological Sciences

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.

PhD position within RNA biology/cellular biology

There is a vacancy for a PhD position at Department of Biosciences, University of Bergen within the field of RNA molecular and cellular biology. The position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years. The PhD candidate will work in a multidisciplinary environment in the group of Associate Professor Sushma Nagaraja Grellscheid, benefiting from the environment and infrastructure of the Department of Biosciences and of the Computational Biology Unit, Department of Informatics.


About the project/work tasks

The project aims to explore the functional impact of stress granules in senescence. The focus will be on the key driver of stress granule formation, G3BP1 and how stress granule formation influences the senescence pathway. The project will involve molecular and cell biology techniques such as CRISPR/CAS9 editing to create cell lines containing tagged versions of wild type and mutant forms of G3BP, as well as biochemical techniques in RNA biology.


Qualifications and personal qualities

  • The applicant must hold a Masters’s degree in molecular biology, biochemistry or within molecular life sciences at large, or must have submitted his/her master's thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. Master students can apply provided they complete their final master exam before 1.8.2019. The master’s degree must have been awarded before employment can happen.
  • The applicant must have hands-on experience in mammalian cell work, including the generation of modified/ mutant cell lines using the Crispr/cas9 technique.
  • The applicant must have research experience in senescence and/or stress granule biology. Experience in RNA extraction and techniques such as ribosome profiling are highly desirable.
  • It is essential for the applicant to have experience in immunofluorescence and confocal microscopy techniques.
  • The applicant must be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and have experience of working in an international setting and within interdisciplinary research groups.
  • Experience or willingness to learn bioinformatics will be an advantage.
  • The applicant must be proficient in both written and oral English.

Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.


About the PhD position

The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with the possibility for a 4th year, consisting of 25 % compulsory work (e.g. teaching responsibilities at the department) distributed across the employment period. The 4th year is contingent on the qualifications of the candidate and the teaching needs of the department, and will be decided upon appointment.


The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a qualifying post (e.g. research fellow, research assistant).


About the research training

As a PhD candidate, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. A final plan for the implementation of the research training must be approved by the faculty within three months after you have commenced in the position. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.


We can offer

  • a good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • salary at pay grade 51 (code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 9) in the state salary scale. Further promotions are made according to qualifications and length of service in the position.
  • enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • a position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).
  • 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.
  • CV
  • transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's degree.
  • relevant certificates/references
  • a list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)

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


General information

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting: Associate professor Sushma Nagaraja Grellscheid (


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. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. 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.


The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

Further information about the employment process can be found here.

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About this job

  • Deadline
    Thursday, December 20, 2018
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    University of Bergen
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