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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.

PhD Research Fellowship in neuroscience

Position as PhD 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.

Job/ project description: The PhD research fellowship in neuroscience/cell biology 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 PhD projects focus on the downstream effects of the lactate receptor HCAR1 in brain cells. The candidates will use cell lines and primary cell cultures combined with molecular biology techniques, cell biology, biochemistry and imaging techniques. We also use mice as model organisms. We offer broad training possibilities in the required experimental methods within a stimulating academic environment. The position includes a 6-12 months stay in a top tier lab in the USA.


We search for a highly motivated candidate who holds a degree similar to the Norwegian MSc of pharmacology, molecular biology, cell biology or similar. 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.

Required qualifications:

  • MSc of pharmacology, molecular biology, cell biology or similar
  • Experience with cell culture work
  • High motivation and personal ambitions to carry out the project
  • Good collaboration skills and willingness to work in a team
  • Willingness to obtain a FELASA certificate (or similar) and work with research animals
  • Very good command of written and oral English
  • Willingness and ability to spend 6-12 months abroad (USA)
  • Applicant must be granted admission to the Faculty’s PhD program
  • A good command of English is required.

Desired qualifications:

  • Previous research experience, preferably with cell cultures
  • Experience with CRISPR technology is a great advantage
  • Experience with confocal imaging
  • Experience with research animals; FELASA certificate (or similar)
  • 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.

Candidates without a Master’s degree have until 30 June, 2017 to complete the final exam.

Starting date no later than 01.10.2017.

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

No one can be appointed for more than one fixed-term period at the same institution.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programme must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position. For more information see:


Position code 1017, Salary: NOK 432 700 – 489 300 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority.

The application must include:

  • Application letter
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • List of publications and academic work 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)

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.

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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    2017/5462 - 1017
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