PhD Fellowship in Molecular Biology: Stem Cell Epigenetics and Metabolism at Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Division of Biochemistry. A PhD FELLOWSHIP (SKO 1017) in stem cell epigenetics and metabolism is available for 3 years at the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Department of Molecular Medicine, from October 1, 2015. The position is funded by the Research Council of Norway.

Institute Information: The Institute of Basic Medical Sciences consists of departments and units that pursue research and education within basic medical science. The Institute’s overall objective is to promote basic medical knowledge in order to understand normal processes, provide insight into mechanisms that cause illness, and promote good health. The Institute has more than 300 employees and is located in Domus Medica. More information about the Institute can be found here: link

Job Description / Project information

The position is associated with the laboratory of Professor Philippe Collas ( The laboratory focuses on

  • study of nuclear architecture and chromatin organization in somatic stem cells.
  • to investigate the influence of cellular metabolic state on the association of chromatin with the nuclear envelope in adipose tissue stem cells,
  • spatial organization of the genome.
  • thesis work will involve chromatin and metabolic studies.

The candidate will be able to draw on existing expertise within the group in the areas of stem cell biology, nuclear envelope biology, epigenetics and genome modeling. The PhD work will involve interactions within a cross-disciplinary team consisting of cell and molecular biologists and bioinformaticians.

Qualifications and Personal Skills

The selected candidate will have a background in cell biology, molecular biology or biochemistry. The candidate must have experience in cell culture, immunological methods, microscopy, and biochemical methods including cell fractionation and chromatin immunoprecipitation. Good knowledge and interest in genomics, gene regulation, epigenetics and related bioinformatics will be strong advantage.  Short listed applicants will be contacted for an interview.


Personal qualities

  • Enthusiasm and strong motivation
  • Collaboration skills
  • Excellent communication skills in English

How to apply – application Submissions

The application must include:

The application with attachments is to be delivered in our electronic recruiting system EasyCruit. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English.

Guidelines for appointments to PhD fellowships at the University of Oslo may be obtained at link

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

The University of Oslo has a goal of recruiting more women in academic positions.
Women are encouraged to apply.

The University of Oslo also has a goal of recruiting ethnic minorities to Norway in academic positions.  Ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.

  • Region: Oslo
  • Working hours: Full-time
  • Application deadline: 30/09/2015
  • Location: Department of Biochemistry
  • Reference number: 2015/11298
  • Professor Philippe Collas
    Telephone: +47 22851066

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