PhD Research Fellowship in Gene regulation and Epigenetics at Department of Biosciences

The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with no compulsory work. Starting date no later than 01.10.2015. No one can be appointed for more than one fixed-term period at the same institution.

Job Description
The position is associated with the research group of professor Odd Stokke Gabrielsen and project leader Ragnhild Eskeland. The candidate will work on a project funded by the Research Council of Norway. The goal of the project is to elucidate novel mechanisms of SUMO-regulation of gene activation. Many nuclear regulators are found modified with small SUMO-proteins having major impacts on their activities. Our model system is the oncogenic transcription factor c-Myb, for which both SUMOylation and SUMO-binding have been found to strongly influence function. c-Myb is a key regulator of blood cell formation. A deregulation of c-Myb expression is associated with oncogenicity. A broad range of experimental strategies will be used, including genetic, cellular, biochemical and genome-wide approaches such as interaction assays, chromatin immunoprecipitation and sequencing (ChIP-Seq), gene knockdown, genome-engineering using CRISPR-Cas9 systems, as well as various functional assays.

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.

Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in molecular biology or related fields.

We are seeking a highly motivated and skilled candidate with a strong experimental background in molecular biology, cell biology, or biochemistry. The ideal candidate will have experimental experience from the field of transcription and epigenetics. Previous experience with transcription factors, gene regulation, stem cells/mammalian cell culture, genomics and bioinformatics is an advantage.

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

The fellowship requires admission to the research training 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:

A good command of English is required.


Position code 1017, Pay grade: 50 – 57 (NOK 429 700 – 482 800 per year)

The application must  include:

  • Application letter
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, 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.

  • Region:
  • Oslo
  • Job type:
  • Contract
  • Working hours:
  • Full-time
  • Working days:
  • Day
  • Application deadline:
  • 3 June, 2015
  • Location:
  • Oslo
  • Reference number:
  • 2015/6271
  • Home page:
  • Contacts:
  • Professor Odd Stokke Gabrielsen
    Telephone: +47 22857346
  • Questions regarding Easycruit, contact HR Officer Torunn Standal Guttormsen
    Telephone: +47 22 85 42 72

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