Postdoctoral Research Fellow in immunology - project focused on thromboinflammation in biomaterial applications University of Oslo, Department of Immunology, Institute of Clinical Medicine Norway

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in immunology - project focused on thromboinflammation in biomaterial applications


Job and project description 

A three-year postdoctoral fellowship (SKO 1352) is available at the Norwegian Complement Research Group lead by Tom Eirik Mollnes and the project leader Per H. Nilsson at the Department of Immunology, the University of Oslo, Institute of Clinical Medicine. We are today around 25 members, all with a mutual interest of the complement system in basic and clinically oriented research.

The topic of this project is host response to biomaterial surfaces, and focus is acute inflammatory (innate immunity) and thrombotic responses when human whole blood faces an artificial surface. The main goal is to advance the understanding of the pathophysiology mechanisms of adverse reactions to biomaterials in clinical use to make treatment with biomaterials better and safer. The project will include the development of experimental whole blood models, and evaluation of inflammatory and thrombotic responses in human whole blood after biomaterials contact. The primary focus is thromboinflammation in response to a mechanical heart pump (i.e., ventricular assist device (VAD)). The candidate will investigate complications to VAD-treatment in vivo and in a whole blood model ex vivo. Methodologies that will be relevant are human whole blood and animal models, techniques for cell culturing and analysis (flow cytometry, microscopy, etc.) and possibly techniques for biomaterials modification.


Our research group:

The Norwegian Complement Research group primary focus is the innate immune system in infectious and sterile inflammation. The research group consists today of a 12-member group in Oslo and a 13-member group in Bodø, Norway. Together, we provide a strong academic environment including researchers with the background in immunology, biomedicine, transplantation, anaesthesiology and critical care medicine. The project is closely linked to the project leader´s research at the Centre for Biomaterials Chemistry, Linnaeus University, Sweden. We have extensive collaboration with other labs and clinical groups at the Oslo University Hospital, University of Oslo, as well as international collaborations, which will be used actively in the project. The position will be based in Oslo, Norway.


The main objective of appointment to the position of Postdoctoral Fellow is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their respective area of study. No one can be appointed for more than one specified period as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the same institution.


Required skills, qualifications and experience:

We are looking for a highly motivated, result orientated and structured candidate with excellent laboratory skills and good collaborative qualities.

  • The applicant must hold a Ph.D. degree or have submitted their Ph.D. thesis by the application deadline. The thesis must be approved prior to hiring.
  • Applicants must hold a medical or master degree, e.g., in biomedicine, immunology, cell biology, veterinary medicine, or other relevant area.
  • Extensive laboratory experience and excellence are an advantage, but not a requirement
  • Clinical experience is an advantage, but not a requirement
  • Documentation of research experience in animal research is an advantage (FELASA-C certificate)
  • Applicants should have experience with at least some technologies that will be used in the project (see job description). Experience from research within innate immunity or hemostasis, or biomaterial science is an advantage

Applicants should be proficient in written and oral English


Personal skills

  • You should be a team player, good communicator, eager to share your knowledge, enthusiastic, passionate about your job and dedicated to getting things done
  • Good collaborative qualities and engagement in the supervision of Ph.D. candidates as co-supervisor are expected
  • You should be able to approach and solve research questions in a structured and self-contained manner


We offer

  •  A dynamic and stimulating scientific environment in a young, enthusiastic and motivated team of biologists and medical doctors
  • A university-driven career development program aimed at ambitious post-doctoral researchers with, e.g., direct support in national and European grant application processes if the post-doc would like to pursue an academic career after this appointment
  • A friendly working environment with close supervision in a solution-oriented team in a top-modern laboratory with access to a wide range of core facilities (animal, light and electron microscopy, flow cytometry)
  • Collaboration with research groups within Norway and Internationally.
  • Salary is based on state salary schedule and dependent on personal qualifications Ltr 57-65 (NOK 490 900 - NOK 569 000)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities


How to apply

The application must include:

  • Application letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest, max. 1 page)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, rewards, grants, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other relevant activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • A complete list of publications and academic work
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 referees (name, relation to the candidate, e-mail and telephone number and preferably a short letter of recommendation)
  • The application with attachments is to be delivered in our electronic recruiting system Jobbnorge. 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.


Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one specified period at the same institution. According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

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

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.


Contact information


Information about the project can be addressed to Per H. Nilsson, Ph.D. Only inquiries regarding the application.

Email: / Telephone: 0047 93919269



Wokring place: Department of Immunology, Oslo University, Oslo, Norway
Starting date: Preferably September-October


About the University of Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Institute of Clinical Medicine (Klinmed) is one of three institutes under

the Faculty. Klinmed is responsible for the Faculty's educational and research activities at Oslo University Hospital and Akershus University Hospital. With about 800 employees spread over approximately 425 man-labour years, Klinmed is the university's largest institute. Our activities follow the clinical activity at the hospitals and are spread across a number of geographical areas.



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