UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Faculty of Health Sciences - Department of Medical Biology

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in immunotherapy in Merkel cell carcinoma at UiT The Arctic University of Norway

At the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Department of Medical Biology, a position is available for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in immunotherapy in Merkel cell carcinoma. The position is affiliated with the research group of Molecular Inflammation.


This Postdoctoral position is a fixed term position of a duration of three years. Appointment to the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow is mainly intended to provide qualification for work in top academic positions. It is a prerequisite that the applicant is able to carry out the project over the full course of the employment period. Nobody may hold more than one fixed-term position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the same institution.

More than 200 staff members from all over the world have their workplace at the Department of Medical Biology (IMB). The Department consists of 13 research groups concentrating on fundamental biomedical research problems, including research on various cancer forms, cardiovascular diseases, the body's immune system and antibiotic resistance. The Department is also involved in marine bio-prospecting and testing of new drugs.


IMB provides education for students studying medicine, dentistry, biomedical laboratory sciences, biomedicine and pharmacy.


The Molecular Inflammation Research Group (MIRG) currently consists of three faculty staff members, four PhD students, one master student, and full and one part-time technical position. Research in the group focuses on the interaction between the tumour cell and the microenvironment. More specific, they examine the role of inflammatory mediators such as cytokines and chemokines in neuroblastoma and in Merkel cell carcinoma. The successful applicant will be involved in the Merkel cell carcinoma project. Merkel cell carcinoma is an aggressive type of skin cancer. The incidence has increased significantly during the last ten years and prognosis is bad. Approximately 80% of the tumours are caused by a human polyomavirus referred to as Merkel cell polyomavirus, whereas an UV-light-dependent mechanism seems to be the aetiology in virus-negative tumours. Currently, no specific therapy for this cancer exists although clinical trials based on immune therapy (anti-PD1 and anti-PDL1 based therapies) look promising. The group studies the expression of inflammatory and immune response modulators in Merkel cell polyomavirus positive and Merkel cell polyomavirus negative tumours and subsequent identification of possible targets for immune therapy, as well as potential biomarkers. The group has international collaboration with Karolinska Institute (Stockholm, Sweden), Koch Institute (Berlin, Germany) and with industry (Lytix Biopharma, Oslo, Norway).


The contact persons for this position are professors Ugo Moens (tlf. +4777644622 or +4740051323; e-mail: ugomoens@uit.no) and Baldur Sveinbjørnsson (tlf. +4777644682 or +4741344682; e-mail: baldur.sveinbjornsson@uit.no)



The successful applicant will participate in the Merkel cell carcinoma project. (S)he should be able to conduct independent research within the ongoing project. Furthermore, the applicant is also encouraged to contribute in grant applications and co-supervision of master and PhD students. The applicant is also encouraged to spend some of his/her post doc period in a research group abroad.


The position will be assigned to teaching and related work for UiT in an amount equivalent to a maximum 10 % of a full-time employment.


Required qualifications
To be awarded the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow, a Norwegian doctorate degree is required, or a corresponding international doctorate degree which is recognised as being equal to the Norwegian doctorate degree.


Extensive experience in molecular and cellular biology techniques such as qPCR and qRT-PCR, Western blotting, ELISA, transfection, luciferase assay, mammalian cell culture, immunohistochemistry, proliferation assay is required.


Documented experience in establishing stable cell lines and experience with Merkel cell polyomavirus or other human polyomaviruses is favourable. Experience with animal experiments, and bioinformatics will be evaluated as important.


Preference shall be given to those with pedagogical qualifications.


Applicants must be fluent in English in both spoken and written form.


Importance shall be attached to personal suitability for the position and motivations. The successful applicant must be able to work in a team, and must be highly motivated and enthusiastic. Creativity, resourcefulness, responsibility, ability to communicate and collaborate are important characteristics. The post doc period may be extended by up to one year if the candidate carries out a research stay abroad.


We can offer

  • Interesting work tasks
  • Well-equipped research infrastructure
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues
  • Good career opportunities
  • A large degree of independence in work
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective agreement
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund


Working and payment conditions
Working hours will be set aside for research, research-related activities and research administration.


The successful candidate must also be willing to get involved in the ongoing development of their department and the university as a whole.


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


Applications shall be sent electronically via www.jobbnorge.no and shall include:

The applicant should submit a research plan or a proposal (maximum 2 pages) for his/her own research.

  • cover letter including a short description of interests and reasons for applying for the position
  • research project, where relevant
  • CV containing a complete overview of education, experience, professional work and references
  • Diplomas and certificates:
    • diploma and transcript of Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (in original language and translated)
    • diploma and transcript of Master’s degree or equivalent (in original language and translated)
    • Diploma and transcript of PhD
  • form for documentation of teaching qualifications (where the position involves teaching)
  • list of academic works
  • up to 15 academic works. The doctoral thesis is here counted as one work.
  • description of the attached works, and a short description of other works to show breadth of output.

Applications will only be considered if all requested application documents are received before the application deadline.


All documentation to be assessed must be translated into English or a Scandinavian language.


Applications sent to us via e-mail or by any other means will not be considered.


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. The committee’s mandate is to undertake an assessment of the applicants’ qualifications based on the application documents and the text of the announcement.


The applicants who are assessed as 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 and motivations. A trial lecture is required.


UiT is seeking to increase the proportion of women in its academic positions. If two or more applicants are found to be generally equally qualified, the university will prioritise a female over a male candidate.


In addition, applicants shall also refer to the supplementary provisions for the appointment to academic positions such as Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow and Academic Assistant at UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, and to regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident.


Questions concerning the organisation of the working environment, including that of the physical state of the workplace, health services, and possibilities for flexible working hours, part-time work, etc. may be addressed to the telephone reference in this announcement.


At UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, diversity is valued, and we therefore encourage all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their age, gender, functional ability or national or ethnic background. The university is an IW employer and places importance on making the necessary adaptations to working conditions for employees with disabilities.


Personal information given in an application and CV will be treated 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 to make the candidate’s name public. The applicant will receive advance notification of any such publication.


You can find more information on the website for arriving staff.


We look forward to receiving your application.

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