Researcher 1109 in organelle biology

University of Bergen
April 06, 2023
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Researcher 1109 in organelle biology

There is a vacancy for a position as researcher in organelle biology hosted at the Department of Mathematics with an experimental presence at UiB's biological laboratories. The position is for a period of about 1 year with an end date of 30.06.2024, and is associated with the EU-funded project “EvoConBiO”.

About the project/work tasks
  • Bioenergetic organelles (mitochondria and chloroplasts) power complex life, but many important questions remain open about how they are controlled and inherited. These organelles exist in populations inside cells, carry their own genetic material, and move with rich collective dynamics. Maintaining these coupled physical and genetic populations is of central importance to human health, crop production, and countless other biological processes, but many aspects of this maintenance remain poorly understood.

  • This project will involve experimental and computational characterisation of the “social networks” of dynamic organelle populations in the cells of different photosynthetic species using live-cell microscopy. We will also explore how chemical and genetic interventions, potentially including the transformation of chloroplast DNA, influence the physical behaviour and environmental responses of these cellular populations. You can read about some recent results here: 10.1016/j.molp.2018.11.002 ;

  • The position is within our larger project “EvoConBiO” (evolution and control of bioenergetic organelles) with a diverse team using interdisciplinary approaches to explore cell and evolutionary biology.

  • Qualifications and personal qualities
  • Applicants must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within molecular biology, plant biology, or a related discipline.
  • Experience with chloroplast transformation is a requirement.
  • Experience with modelling and/or bioinformatics, while useful, is not a requirement and training in these aspects will be provided.
  • Experience with bioinformatics, live-cell imaging, and image/video analysis is an advantage.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner and have the ability to cooperate with others.
  • Applicants must have excellent skills in oral and written English.
  • Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Research experience, ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

    Special requirements for the position:

  • The University of Bergen is subjected to the regulation for export control system. The regulation will be applied in the processing of the applications.
  • We can offer
  • A good and professionally stimulating working environment.
  • Position as researcher (code 1109 in the basic collective agreement) and a gross annual salary of NOK 573 900 (equivalent to pay grade 62) upon appointment. Further increases in salary are made according to length of service in the position. A higher salary may be considered for a particularly well-qualified applicant.
  • 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.
  • The names and contact information for two referees. One of these should be the main advisor from the PhD programme.
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas.
  • Relevant certificates/references
  • List of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
  • Publications (as applicable)
  • The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at JobbNorge

    General information

    For further details about the position, please contact: Professor Iain Johnston, Department of Mathematics, [email protected]

    The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

    We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.

    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 to be omitted is not met.

    For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

    About The 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.

    There are seven departments and several centres at Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Read more about the faculty and departments.


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