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The School of Pharmacy has 130 employees. We have an active research and innovation environment based on independent research in pharmaceutical topics. The School of Pharmacy is responsible for the popular master's degree program in pharmacy and has 350 competent and committed students. Pharmaceutical related research and education forms the base of all activities at the School of Pharmacy. The science of pharmacy lies in the interface between the natural sciences, pharmaceutical technology, health related topics and social sciences. This interdisciplinarity is reflected both in our study programs and in our research.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in neuroscience

Position as postdoctoral research fellow is available at the Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, School of Pharmacy, University of Oslo. The position is associated with the Neurobiology group and a FRIMEDBIO Young Research Talent project awarded to Associate Professor Cecilie Morland, and will be for a period of 3 years.

Starting date no later than 01.12.2017. No one can be appointed for more than one specified period at the same institution.

Job description/ Project description: The postdoctoral research fellowship in neuroscience is available in the Neurobiology group at the Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, School of Pharmacy. Our group studies mechanisms for cell survival or death in the brain.

We are searching for a highly motivated candidate with a strong interest in revealing the basic mechanisms through which exercise affects the brain. In particular, the projects will focus on mechanisms involved the prevention and treatment of stroke. We recently discovered that the brain has a lactate receptor (HCAR1/GPR81) (Lauritzen et al., 2014; Cerebral Cortex), and that activation of the receptor leads to increased angiogenesis in the brain (Morland et al., 2017. Nature Communications). The postdoc projects focus on the role of lactate-sensing fibroblasts in stroke. The candidates will perform interventions studies in mice, including treadmill exercise and injections, induce experimental stroke, perform behavior studies, and pathological examination of brain sections. The candidate will also perform immunolabeling and imaging of brain tissue. We offer broad training possibilities in the required experimental methods within a stimulating academic environment. The project will include some short term stay abroad.

Qualifications: We search for a highly motivated candidate who is aiming for a career in research. The successful candidate holds a PhD in neuroscience or similar fields and has an excellent track record. The candidate should be able to work independently and structured, but also engage in close collaborations. Team-working abilities and personal qualities will be emphasized.

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

Required qualifications:

  • PhD in neuroscience or similar
  • Willingness to obtain a FELASA certificate and work with research animals
  • Excellent track record
  • High motivation and personal ambitions to carry out the project
  • Good collaboration skills and willingness to work in a team
  • Very good command of written and oral English

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience with intervention studies in research animals
  • Candidates who have experience with relevant behavior studies will be prioritized
  • Experience with confocal imaging
  • Experience with molecular biology and/or cell biology techniques is an advantage
  • Basic skills of statistics in research

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

The candidate must have a PhD or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in neuroscience.

The main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their disciplines.

Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for post-doctoral fellowship positions:


Position code 1352, Salary: NOK 486 100 – 567 100 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority.

The application must include:

  • Application letter
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

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 a.o.

For further information please contact:
Associate professor Cecilie Morland, phone: +47 41547945, e-mail:

For questions regarding JobbNorge, contact HR-officer Ørjan Pretorius, e-mail:

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  • Søknadsfrist
    28. mai 2017
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    University of Oslo
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    2017/5461 - 1352
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