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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Neuroscience

Position as postdoctoral research fellow available at the Department of Biosciences and in the research group of Associate Professor Marianne Fyhn at the Center for Integrated Neuroplasticity (CINPLA).

The fellowship period is three years. Within the framework of the position duties may be assigned. Anticipated start date no later than 01.10.2017. No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Oslo.

Project description:

In our laboratory we study neural processing and plasticity of neural circuits at multiple levels, from the morphological changes at the synapse to functional changes of network activity in behaving animals. The aim of the present project is to identify cell-specific and molecular contributions to information processing underlying complex behaviors. To achieve this, the candidate will use in vivo electrophysiology and multiphoton imaging in combination with genetic perturbations such as optogenetics. These experimental tasks will be coupled with parallel projects developing computational models at the single neuron and network levels. Thus, the project relies heavily on interdisciplinary principles and involves strong interaction between experimental neuroscience and mathematical modelling. As such, the successful candidate will work with both experimental and computational neuroscience research groups at Simula Research Laboratory and the University of Oslo (


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 Physiology, Neurobiology or similar field. The preferred candidate will have experience in experimental physiology, preferably from in vivo electrophysiology or imaging (e.g., multiphoton microscopy), in combination with behavior studies. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the project, the candidate should also have experience with or a strong interest in computational neuroscience.

The research fellow should be able to work independently and structured, while at the same time engage in close collaborations.

English is the working language at both CINPLA and Simula, therefore an excellent command of English is required.

The main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their disciplines. The candidate will have access to a range of research schools and courses that provide both technical training as well as transferrable skills courses and workshops. We provide broad training possibilities in the required experimental methods within a stimulating and interdisciplinary academic environment that provides outstanding training in experimental and computational neuroscience.

Please refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for research fellowship positions:

We offer:

  • Salary NOK 490 900 – 569 000 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (position code 1352)
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply:

The application must include:

  • Application letter, including a motivation for applying
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • A brief account (one page maximum, as a separate file) of the applicant’s research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • List of publications
  • Names and contact details of two or three 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.

Contact details:

For further information please contact: Associate Professor Marianne Fyhn, e-mail:

For information regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Adviser Torunn Standal Guttormsen, e-mail:, phone: 22854272


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    21. august 2017
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    University of Oslo
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