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.

PhD Candidate in Neurosciences

One position as PhD Candidate is available at the Department of Molecular Medicine, Division of Physiology, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences (IMB), University of Oslo. The position is associated with a FRIMEDBIO Young Research Talent project awarded to Dr. Wannan Tang. The project will be carried out in GliaLab and Letten Centre headed by Professor Erlend A. Nagelhus. The position is available for 3 years from August 2017.

The IMB has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.
More information about the institute can be found here: Link

Job description

A better understanding of the neuron-glial interactions in neural processing and plasticity is of utmost importance to understand and promote healthy development, learning, and recovery from disease. Our thematic cluster aims at deciphering neuron-glial interactions in fully awake behaving animals using all-optical methods for manipulation and recording of cell activity.
We are searching for a highly motivated candidate with strong interest in cortical circuits and neuron-glial interactions. The candidate will use state of the art in vivo multiphoton imaging techniques to investigate cortical microcircuits. Genetic and optogenetic perturbations will be used to identify cell-specific contributions to sensory processing. We offer broad training possibilities in the required experimental methods within a stimulating academic environment.
The fellowship will be for a period of up to 3 years, with no compulsory work. Suggested start date August 1 – October 1, 2017.

Relevant candidates must have a strong interest in neuroscience, preferentially also with experience in molecular biology and physiology. Experience in electrophysiology and/or optical imaging is an advantage.

Applicants must hold a M.D. or MSc in Neuroscience with an interest in doing a PhD, which involves both experimental and theoretical (computational) work. Applicants with obtaining their M.D. or MSc in Neuroscience after the application deadline and before Autumn 2017 are encouraged to make a contact before they apply.

The candidate should be able to work independently and structured, while at the same time engage in close collaborations. Emphasis will be attributed to team-working abilities and personal skills.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the relevance of the candidate’s background.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD program at the Medical Faculty at the UiO. For more information see: Link:

A good command of English is required.

For further information please contact:
Dr. Wannan Tang e-mail:
or Professor Erlend A. Nagelhus, e-mail:

We offer:
• A productive research environment.
• Salary level NOK 432 700 – 489 300 (Ltr. 50-57) depending on qualifications.
• Favourable pension arrangements Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
• Attractive welfare arrangements benefits.

The application must include:
• A one-page statement of motivation and research interests
• CV
• Copies of educational certificates
• Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
• Optional: letters of recommendation.

Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system.

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 and intellectual property.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.


Deadline: 26.05.2017

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  • Søknadsfrist
    30. juni 2017
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    University of Oslo
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    Domus Medica
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