15 Postdoctoral Research Fellowships at University of Bergen, Norway

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. Applications are invited for a full-time (100 %), Postdoctoral fellowships at various Departments at University of Bergen, Norway.

1. Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Computational Chemistry

Summary of Postdoctoral Fellowship:

At the Department of Chemistry, there is a vacancy for a postdoctoral research fellow position within Computational Chemistry. The research fellow will take part in the Computational Biology Unit, a multidisciplinary centre for research and education within the field of bioinformatics, and the research group Computational design and exploration at Department of Chemistry, both at University of Bergen. The position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years and is associated with the 5-year study program in medical technology offered at University of Bergen.

Last Application Date: 1st May 2022

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2. Postdoctoral Research Fellow position within Informatics – Optimization

Summary of Postdoctoral Fellowship:

The activity in the optimization group is growing. In collaboration with the Department of Economics, we have recently initiated a 5-year integrated master program in information technology and economics. The successful candidate for the announced position is expected to develop and teach courses associated with this program. She/he is also expected to be actively involved in recruitment and supervision of master students, particularly in relation to the new program. The new postdoc will be in contact with companies and other research institutes, and she/he is expected to strengthen the international collaboration network of the optimization group. A substantial part of her/his work will be in close collaboration with other researchers and PhD students. It is further expected that in the research work, real-world optimization problems will be analyzed and solved, and that new scientific achievements are reported regularly. Publication of the findings in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals and at top-ranked international conferences are deliverables of crucial importance. The successful applicant is expected to take initiatives to grant applications for submission to e.g. the Norwegian Research Council.

Last Application Date: 30th April 2022

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3. Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position: Mechanisms and impact of non-canonical splicing

Summary of Postdoctoral Fellowship:

Our laboratory recently revealed striking features in the genomes of larvaceans, a group of marine animals belonging to the sister group of vertebrates. One of the most extreme cases has been found in a species where over 90% of introns have variable borders that do not conform to the canonical splice sites, despite the presence of a conserved major spliceosome. Uncovering how the spliceosome can recognize a variety of splice sites will inform about the control of splicing accuracy, with potential benefits for understanding its role in human diseases. The objective of the project is to gain mechanistic clues about splice site recognition in the larvaceans Oikopleura dioica and Fritillaria borealis. With their fast lifecycle and simple anatomy, these organisms offer convenient platforms to test how impaired splicing can impact development and genetic stability.

Last Application Date: 29th April 2022

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4. Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position: Evolution of Hox gene function in Tunicates

Summary of Postdoctoral Fellowship:

The research group studies the evolution of chordates using as model organism the tunicate Oikopleura dioica. The project aims at elucidating the role and regulation of Hox genes during embryonic and larval development. There are nine Hox genes in Oikopleura that were dispersed at nine distinct locations of the genome (Seo et al, Nature 2004). The work will benefit from new technological developments for gene knock out and gene expression knock down obtained and exploited by the group (Deng et al, Current Biology 2018; Mikhaleva et al, J Exp Zool 2014) as well as whole embryo single cell RNA sequencing data (unpublished) and important genomic resources. A mutant line for Hox1 has already been produced with thorough description of the phenotype. The project will include some comparisons with Hox gene expression in the tunicate Ciona intestinalis, which is also bred at the Sars Centre.

Last Application Date: 15th April 2022

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5. Postdoctoral Research Fellow position within studies of non-thermal effects on fluid inclusion thermometry

Summary of Postdoctoral Fellowship:

Stalagmites are an important terrestrial climate archive. In our lab we reconstruct past temperatures based on the density of former drip water enclosed in microscopic fluid inclusions in the stalagmite calcite matrix. To this end, we measure the liquid-vapour homogenisation temperature of the fluid inclusions. More information about the method can be found in Krüger et al. (Chem. Geol., 289, 2011) and in Marti et al. (Fluid Phase Equilibria, 314, 2012). In the FluidMICS project we want to further improve this analytical approach by identifying and characterizing non-thermal factors or processes that potentially affect a) the initial water density when the inclusions are formed, b) the volume of the inclusions after they have formed, c) the surface tension mediated collapse of the vapour bubble and d) the timing of the transition from open pores to hermetically sealed fluid inclusions.

Last Application Date: 10th April 2022

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7. Postdoctoral Research Fellow position at the Department of Social Anthropology

Summary of Postdoctoral Fellowship:

PrecaNord will examine precarious and informal work in the Nordic countries. The future of the Nordic social model depends on the availability of secure employment. The model is challenged by changes in labour markets. PrecaNord asks how and in which ways is precarious and informal work a challenge for the Nordic model? In focus is research on how workers experience informal work, its consequences to workers livelihoods and to their sense of belonging, and trust in society. The postdoctoral fellow appointed at the University of Bergen will focus on the situation in Norway, while two other postdoctoral fellows will do similar work in Sweden and Finland.

Last Application Date: 10th April 2022

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8. Postdoctoral Research Fellow position within clumped isotope paleoceanography

Summary of Postdoctoral Fellowship:

With the DOTpaleo project, we aim to improve our understanding of the climate system under greenhouse conditions. To this end, we will reconstruct deep ocean temperatures during the early Cenozoic at different locations in the global oceans by means of clumped isotope thermometry on benthic foraminifera. In collaboration with colleagues at the Norwegian Research Centre (NORCE), we will compare the results with climate model simulations. This Postdoctoral Research Fellow will be responsible for a large part of the temperature reconstructions. We are looking for someone with hands-on experience in clumped isotope geochemistry on foraminifera, preferably with a background in early Cenozoic paleoclimate.

Last Application Date: 31st March 2022

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9. Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position: Ion Channel Biophysics

Summary of Postdoctoral Fellowship:

Work in the Lynagh group focuses on the evolution, function, and pharmacology of ligand-gated ion channels, receptors that mediate rapid communication between neurons, using molecular phylogenetics, mutagenesis, chemical biology, and electrophysiology. We are especially interested in invertebrate ion channels whose function is crucial to the evolution of the nervous system, and from which we can gain valuable biological and pharmacological insights. This project will focus on the biophysical characterization of such channels – both native and heterologous – using electrophysiology on whole cells and membrane patches. It is expected that the successful applicant also collaborates with other members of the workgroup, including students and postdocs.

Last Application Date: 31st March 2022

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10. Postdoctoral Research Fellow position within Informatics – AI and Algorithms

Summary of Postdoctoral Fellowship:

 All employees are expected to contribute to excellence through high quality research and teaching. The working environment for this position will be at both the Algorithms and Machine Learning research groups. The main objective of the project is to apply techniques from the field of Machine Teaching to derive example-based explanations in Explainable AI

Last Application Date: 15th March 2022

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11. Researcher position in System Dynamics at the Department of Geography

Summary of Postdoctoral Fellowship:

The aim of the project is to contribute to elimination of fossil fuelled boilers (FFBs) in Poland, presenting the feasible scenarios to decarbonise energy systems in Polish households. A Pilot Case in the city of Legionowo will be conducted, delivering tailored business model with specific technology recommendations and an indication of potential investors and sources of financing to support the elimination of fossil fuelled boilers. Additionally, a general methodology for further future implementation will be developed. The candidate for this position will lead one of the four work packages in the project. The aim of the work package is to conduct a system dynamics modelling process in order to identify factors and mechanisms key for elimination of fossil fuel boilers (FFBs) in Poland, and to support exploration, analysis and communication of the feasible scenarios to the local citizens and stakeholders.

Last Application Date: 13th March 2022

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12. Researcher position in molecular and functional studies of diet-gene interactions

Summary of Postdoctoral Fellowship:

The position as researcher is part of Work Package II – Molecular and functional studies of diet-gene interactions, and the project involves characterization of basic molecular mechanisms of adipose tissue metabolism

Last Application Date: 13th March 2022

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13. Postdoctoral Fellow (3 years) in Deciphering Heterogeneity to provide treatment for metastatic Endometrial cancers

Summary of Postdoctoral Fellowship:

At the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Science (K2), a full-time (100 %) position as Postdoctoral Fellow is available for a period of three (3) years. The position is part of the project ”Deciphering Heterogeneity to provide treatment for metastatic Endometrial cancers”, financed by The Norwegian Research Council.

Last Application Date: 13th March 2022

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14. Postdoctoral Research Fellow position within cell biology and genetics

Summary of Postdoctoral Fellowship:

The project takes advantage of the model system Drosophila, the fruit fly, to genetically induce tumors in vivo and monitor their growth and spread using high resolution confocal imaging. We are developing the genetic system to induce tumor growth within a defined region of cells while knocking down gene function in the surrounding microenvironment. The system will give us the means to rapidly genetically dissect signalling pathways influencing growth and spread via the available fly RNAi library stocks. We are most interested in understanding what influence the microenvironment (and to some extent nutrient status) plays to tumor cell growth and spread. The screening will initially be guided by RNAseq data comparing changes in the microenvironment when situated next to either wildtype or oncogene expressing cells.

Last Application Date: 13th March 2022

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15. Postdoctoral Research Fellow position within Arctic ecosystem ecology and Climate Change

Summary of Postdoctoral Fellowship:

Permafrost is thawing at an unprecedented rate with rising temperatures in the Arctic. Permafrost thaw will expose large amounts of nitrogen and carbon due to microbial decomposition, with strong implications for carbon emission into the atmosphere. In TERRA, we seek to study the interactive effects of warming during the cold season and increased herbivory on permafrost thaw and cascading effects on N and C cycling in the High Arctic. We will set up a novel field experiment in the High Arctic tundra of Svalbard, where spring and autumn warming, strong winter rainfall and goose grubbing are manipulated. TERRA will investigate how the experimental manipulations affect (1) permafrost thaw depth (2) soil organic C degradation and N mineralization; (3) root-associated organisms in relation to their role in plant uptake and soil C sequestration and (4) microbial diversity and function in relation to C emission and soil N transformations. To address these questions, we will be combining new field techniques,state-of-the-art chemical and DNA-based measurements, and we have assembled a world leading interdisciplinary team of Arctic researchers.

Last Application Date: 13th March 2022

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