PhD-position (4 years) in genetics

University of Bergen
January 20, 2023
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PhD-Position in genetics - identification of genes controlling childhood

growth and exploring their consequences for long term health

At the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Science, a PhD-position (100 %) is available for a period of four (4) years or max 4 months after completed the PhD-degree, if this is achieved within a shorter time than four years. The positions include 25 % required duties such as teaching, exam work or supervision, depending on the demands at the department.

The position is part of the project “Unravelling the Genetic Trajectories of Childhood Growth – From Trio-GWAS to Mechanisms.” funded by the University of Bergen.

The work will be part of a larger project financed by the Norwegian Research Council and includes a possibility for a research stay at the MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge (UK). The successful applicant will be supervised by professor Stefan Johansson at the Center for Diabetes Research (https: // www. uib.no/en/diabetes) with co-supervisors professor John Perry (University of Cambridge) and a senior researcher at the University of Bergen.

The PhD candidate will work on the project “Unravelling the Genetic Trajectories of Childhood Growth – From Trio-GWAS to Mechanisms”. The overarching project has received funding through the ERC, NFR, Novo Nordisk and the Helse Vest and is a large collaborative study utilizing both omics, informatics, molecular, cellular and phenotypic investigation of the biological effects of genetic variants involved in early human growth. The aim of the studies is to identify genetic variants and biological mechanisms with profound impact on childhood growth, food preferences, and response to lifestyle interventions to understand the connection between growth in early life and future risk of obesity and diabetes. To achieve this goal, we will analyse Genome Wide Association Study (GWAS) data from 240,000 participants from the unique Norwegian Mother, father and child birth cohort study (MoBa) combined with UK-biobank data and take forward these findings for molecular and cellular studies, and apply these discoveries to obese children.

About the project/work tasks:

The candidate will work in one or several of the four work packages depending on the qualifications of the candidate: WP1: GWAS discovery. WP2: Genetic risk stratification - Revealing biological and environmental mechanisms that protect against obesity and T2D WP3: Cellular studies – Understanding genes with dynamic influences on growth and WP4: Informatic approaches – Novel methods in childhood growth using trio data.

The candidate will collaborate closely with a cross-disciplinary team of researchers both locally at the Bergen Center for Diabetes Research (https: // www. uib.no/en/diabetes), and at the University of Cambridge with expertise in statistical genetics, informatics, molecular genetics, cell biology and pediatrics. The successful candidate will have ample opportunities to develop her/his skills across several of these research disciplines.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

The applicant must hold a master`s degree or equivalent in molecular genetics/biology, cell biology, medicine, statistics, informatics, epidemiology or related fields.

The applicant must

  • explain their interest for the research project in the application letter
  • be motivated to contribute to large collaborative efforts and engage with different academic disciplines (e.g., molecular biology, medicine, epidemiology, computer science).
  • have a considerable work capacity as well as an enthusiasm for research and the ability and interest to work in a team.
  • be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others
  • be fluent in oral and written English
  • Experience with, or interest in the one or several of the following fields is considered an advantage:

  • Data analysis including programming, such as Python or R
  • Molecular- and cell biological techniques
  • Medical research based on molecular genetics
  • A firm basis in quantitative research methods and data analysis
  • Applicant whose education is from another country than Norway, need to also attach a certified translation of the diploma and transcript of grades to English or a Scandinavian language, if the original is not in any of these languages. It is required that the applicant enclose a review from NOKUT whether the education in question (bachelor and master's degree) is of a scope and level that corresponds to the level of a Norwegian master's degree. Please see www. nokut.no/en for more information about NOKUT's general recognition. The review from NOKUT may take some time and the application should be sent to NOKUT as soon as you have decided to apply for the position.

    Language qualifications: https:// www. uib.no/en/med/115526/english-language- requirements-phd-admission

    PhD-positon:

    The candidate must take part in the University of Bergen approved PhD programme leading to the degree within a time limit of 3 years. You must have admission to the organized research training (PhD program) at the Faculty in order to qualify for the position.

    Application for admission to the PhD programme, including a project plan outline for the training plan must be submitted no later than three months after the date of commencement.

    We can offer:
  • exciting development opportunities as part of your role in a strong professional environment
  • salary NOK 509 500 (code 1017, pay grade 55) in the state salary scale. For applicants with at least one year of employment in a position as a General Practitioner or Dentist, salary NOK 526 100 (code 1017, pay grade 57). Medical specialist start on salary NOK 544 400 (code 1017, pay grade 59)
  • enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • good welfare benefits
  • Your application must include:
  • a brief account of the applicant`s research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • certified copies of diplomas and transcripts of grades. Applicant whose education is from another country than Norway, need to also attach a certified translation of the diploma and transcript of grades to English or a Scandinavian language, if the original is not in any of these languages. It is required that the applicant enclose a review from NOKUT whether the education in question (bachelor and master degree) is of a scope and level that corresponds to the level of a Norwegian master's degree. Please see www. nokut.no/en for more information about NOKUT's general recognition. This may take some time and we recommend you to apply as soon as you know you will apply for this position.
  • documentation of language skills (English) https:// www. uib.no/en/med/115526/english-language-requirements-phd- admission
  • complete list of publications and scientific work you want to be evaluated
  • any publication in your name
  • two references (name and contact information)
  • Generell information:

    For further information please contact Stefan Johansson, e-mail: Stefan.johansson@uib.no, phone: +47 40855779

    State employment shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

    The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions. Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request is not met.

    Further information about our employment process can be found here.

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    University of Bergen

    The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad.

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    Deadline

    20th January 2023

    Employer

    University of Bergen

    Municipality

    Bergen

    Scope

    Fulltime (1 positions) Fulltime (%)

    Duration

    Fixed Term

    Place of service

    Det medisinske fakultet

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