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UIT The Arctic University of Norway - Department of Arctic and Marine Biology

The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE) consists of Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, Norwegian College of Fishery Science (NFH) and School of Business and Economics. The main task of BFE is to conduct teaching and research dissemination at a high national and international level within all relevant fields. Prioritized research areas are aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, climate, life in the arctic, marine bioprospecting, fish health, seafood products, business and macroeconomics, resources and environment, markets and management of marine resources. The interdisciplinary profile of the faculty provides good opportunity to develop research projects involving several research groups at the faculty according to its strategy.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in metabolic modelling

Application deadline: 7. June 2018

Applications shall be marked: 2018/1445


The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE) UiT The Arctic University of Norway has a position as postdoctoral research fellow in metabolic modelling available from autumn 2018. The position is funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The position is affiliated to the Department of Arctic and Marine Biology (AMB) and the research group Microorganisms and Plants.


The position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow is a fixed term position for a period of 3,5 years. The main objective of the appointment as a post-doctoral research fellow is to qualify for work in senior academic position.


The Department of Arctic and Marine Biology (AMB) includes 6 research groups. Research and teaching at AMB has a broad span, from molecular mechanisms at cellular/subcellular levels via studies of adaptations at the organismal level, to ecological interactions in aquatic and terrestrial environments. The staff counts 52 permanent scientists, 28 technicians, 9 administrative positions and 65 temporary employees (researchers, postdocs, PhD research fellows, technicians).


For further information, please contact: Professor Ines Heiland, ines.heiland@uit.no or phone   

+47 77 64 68 89


The position’s field of research/field of work

In the context of the H2020 funded project MESI-STRAT coordinated by the University of Groningen, we will use mathematical modelling approaches to analyse metabolic and signal transduction pathways relevant for breast cancer patient stratification and treatment. The project requires close interaction between groups working in mathematical modelling, experimental biochemistry and clinical experts.


The main part of the project will be based on metabolic modelling approaches using ordinary differential equations (ODE). It will be complemented by ODE based modelling of signal transduction pathways and genome scale metabolic modelling. The main task of the postdoctoral researcher in the project part with responsibility at UiT is to develop and parametrize a dynamic model of NAD-metabolism in close collaboration with the experimental group of Mathias Ziegler at the Department of Biomedicine at the University of Bergen. The data management in the project will be done via FAIRDOMHub and the postdoctoral researcher located at UiT will contribute to this task.


Qualifications required

Applicants should have a PhD in modelling of metabolic or signal transduction pathways documented by several publications in high ranking international journals. Very good knowledge of biochemistry, mathematical modelling approaches and programming skills (preferentially in Python) are required.


Applicants must have a good command of English, both written and verbal.

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Working conditions

The working hours shall be utilised for research, research-related activities and research administration.


The successful applicant must be willing to engage himself/herself in the ongoing development of his/her discipline and the university as a whole.


The remuneration for this position is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1352 postdoctoral fellow or code 1109 researcher. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted



The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The applicants who are assessed as the best qualified will be called to an interview. The interview shall among other things aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability for the position.


Applicants who are invited for an interview should bring original certificates and diplomas.

All documentation must be certified and translated into English or a Scandinavian language.


UiT The Arctic University of Norway wishes to increase the proportion of females in research positions. In the event that two or more applicants are found to be approximately equally qualified, female applicants will be given priority.


The application - submitted electronically in www.jobbnorge.no and must include:

  • letter of application
  • CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work)
  • certified diplomas and reference letter
  • reference letter with contact information (work)
  • documentation of English language proficiency
  • list of publications and description of these. The list of publications shall contain the following information:
    • author(s) and title
    • for articles: the journal’s name and volume, the first and last page of the article, year of publication
    • for other publications: publisher, printer, year of publication, number of pages

Works- The applicant must attach the published or unpublished work he/she wish the Committee should take into consideration during the assessment process.


In addition, the applicant shall provide a description of his/her scientific production stating which works he/she considers the most important and shall therefore be the main emphasis of the assessment. A brief description of the other listed works shall also be included to demonstrate depth of production. These descriptions shall be an attachment to the application.


It is required that the documents mentioned above will be enclosed in Jobbnorge before deadline.


Applicants for positions at UiT will find information they require, as well as links to guidelines referred to in our announcements, here.


Questions concerning the organisation of the working environment, such as the physical state of the place of employment, health service, possibility for flexible working hours, part time, etc. may be directed to the telephone reference in this announcement.


UiT The Arctic University of Norway has HR policy objectives that emphasize diversity, and therefore encourages qualified applicants to apply regardless of gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background.


UiT The Arctic University of Norway is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and will therefore emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.


Personal data given in an application or CV will be processed in accordance with the Act relating to the processing of personal data (the Personal Data Act). In accordance with Section 25 subsection 2 of the Freedom of Information Act, the applicant may request not to be registered on the public list of applicants. However, the University may nevertheless decide that the name of the applicant will be made public. The applicant will receive advance notification in the event of such publication.


In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.

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