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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Plant Molecular Genetics

Position as Postdoctoral fellow available at the Department of Biosciences.

The fellowship period is 2,5 years. Within the framework of the position duties may be assigned. Starting date no later than 15.01.2018.

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Oslo.

Job/ project description:

We are searching for a highly motivated person with an interest in developmental genetics. Experience with molecular methods relevant to the project as well as research related to receptor mediated signaling will be seen as a benefit.

The Postdoctoral fellow will be appointed on the project entitled “Evolutionary and functional importance of simple repeats in the genome” funded by the Research council of Norway through the FRIPRO program as a selected frontier research proposal (

As such, the candidate will be working in a national-leading research group lead by professor Kjetill S. Jakobsen. The project focuses on the functional modulation of regulatory mechanisms affecting the phenotype by variations in simple trinucleotide repeats residing inside (coding) and in the vicinity (or in introns) of genes. Specifically, we would like to test the hypothesis that hypervariable coding/regulatory repeats are promoting the ability of a species or population to adapt to a changing environment. To address this we will use Atlantic cod and Arabidopsis as model systems. The project is cross-disciplinary and will utilize genomic, bioinformatics, statistics and experimental approaches.

In particular, the candidate will focus on the functional significance of tri-nucleotide repeats in the model system Arabidopsis with a particular emphasis on gene families encoding receptor kinases and selected transcription factors involved in regulating plant architecture. The analysis will later be expanded to other evolutionary related species such as Brassica rapa for potential application in species of commercial importance. In-depth molecular and phenotypic studies will be performed on Arabidopsis lines expressing genes with varying repeats exposed to various abiotic and biotic stresses. Additional studies will be based on genes and gene families identified from whole genome sequencing of selected Arabidopsis ecotypes with PacBio sequencing. The successful candidate will also be expected to collaborate on projects dissecting the function of selected cod genes with varying repeat lengths.

The project as a whole consists of three interconnected work packages and is led by Professor Kjetill S. Jakobsen. The successful candidate will work on the work package entitled “Addressing the functionality of repeat variation in Arabidopsis and cod” led by Associate professor Melinka Butenko in a larger team consisting of one additional Postdoc and three PhD students. The project has international collaborators and research visits to collaborating partners will be encouraged.


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.

  • The candidate must have a PhD or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in Molecular Biology. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.
  • A good command of English is required.

The successful applicant should have skills and experience in studying receptor mediated signaling in plants and should have ample knowledge of Arabidopsis as a model system and preferably also hands–on experience with other Brassicaceae such as Brassica rapa. Experience with one or more of the following methods would also be an advantage: Fluorescent imaging, genetic interaction studies, cloning and recombinant DNA technology; gene expression analysis; genetic methods in Arabidopsis thaliana, e.g. using T-DNA insertion, RNAi, CRISPR/Cas9 system and/or reporter lines.

The main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their disciplines.

Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for post-doctoral fellowship positions:

We offer:

  • Salary NOK 490 900 – 569 000 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (position code 1352)
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreeement in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

The application must include:

  • Application letter
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • A complete list of publications and up to 3 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • A brief account (one page maximum, as a separate file) of the applicant’s research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • 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.

For more information please contact:

Professor Kjetill S. Jakobsen, phone: +47 22854602, or: +47 90741779 email:

Associate Professor Melinka Butenko, phone: +47 22854573, or: +47 91766980 email:

For information regarding the recruitment system, please contact:

HR adviser Torunn Standal Guttormsen, phone: +47 22854272,

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