Postdoctoral Research Fellow in immunology University of Oslo, Department of Immunology, Institute of Clinical Medicine Norway

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in immunology

Job and project description – what are we working on?

Exciting opportunity – we are looking for a postdoctoral research fellow in immunology focusing on translation of next generation complement system and innate immunity modulators

A two-year postdoctoral fellowship (SKO 1352) is available at the Norwegian Complement Research Group lead by Tom Eirik Mollnes and the project owner Søren E. Pischke at the Department of Immunology, the University of Oslo, Institute of Clinical Medicine preferably from September 1, 2018 for 2 years. The position is funded by the Norwegian Research Council under grant nr. 274352.

The position is an integrated research project with the main aim to pave the way to clinical trials of innate immune system inhibition with newly developed complement system and CD14 inhibitors in ischemia/reperfusion injury clinical settings. The project is a continuation of our focus on evaluating newly developed inhibitors of the complement system molecule C5 and the toll-like receptor co-activator CD14 in pre-clinical in vitro and in vivo models of ischemia/reperfusion injury.

The candidate will be responsible for conduct of already established big animal (pig) models of cardiac arrest and kidney transplantation and analysis of all relevant read-outs using functional and immunological assays, immunofluorescence microscopy, and flow cytometry.

The objective of the fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their disciplines.


More about the position - The Research group – who are we?

The Norwegian Complement Research group focuses on the innate immune system with the complement and the toll-like receptor system in infectious and sterile inflammation as the main research areas.


The research group consists of a 12-member group in Oslo co-working with a 13-member group in Bodø, Norway in a strong academic environment including researchers with background in immunology, biology, transplantation, cardiology, anaesthesiology and critical care medicine. The group has 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.


Required skills, qualifications and experience


  • Applicants must hold a medical degree or master degree, e.g. in cell biology, molecular biology, or veterinary medicine
  • Applicants must have completed a doctoral degree (PhD) or have submitted their PhD thesis by the application deadline. The thesis must be approved prior to hiring.
  • Clinical experience preferably in anaesthesiology, critical care, internal medicine or surgery are a strong advantage
  • Documentation of research background in animal research is an advantage (FELASA-C certificate)
  • Candidates should have experience with at least some technologies that will be used in the project (see under job description)
  • 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 get things done
  • Good collaborative qualities and engagement in supervision of PhD 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 MDs.
  • 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)
  • The outset is a 100% research position. However, the research position might be reduced to 50% if the candidate already holds a 50% clinical position at Oslo University Hospital. In this case the postition will be extended to 4 years.
  • 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 candidate, e-mail and telephone number and if available 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.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, the project description (whenever this is required in the call for applicants), and the quality of the project as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.
It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.


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 Soeren Pischke, MD PhD, email:




  • Starting date: Preferably September 1st, 2018
  • Place: Department of Immunology
  • Scope: Fulltime or 50% if combined with a clinical position at Oslo university hospital


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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