Postdoctoral Fellow in Lung Cancer Research University of Oslo, Department of Cancer Genetics, Institute for Cancer Research, Norwegian Radium Hospital Norway

Postdoctoral Fellow in Lung Cancer Research

Job description

One position as Postdoctoral Fellow is available for four years at Department of Cancer Genetics, Institute for Cancer Research, Norwegian Radium Hospital, Oslo, Norway.

Research environment

Institute for Cancer Research has since its foundation in 1954 played a central role within the field of cancer research both in Norway as well as internationally. The Institute has six research departments, a core facility and approx. 300 employees. About 70% of the employees and projects are externally funded.

Department of Cancer Genetics consists of four research groups and about 50 employees. The department is headed by Professor Therese Sørlie. The main research area of the department is on molecular biology and functional genomics of cancer. The department possesses large bio-banks of human tumor and blood samples and has long standing expertise in genome-wide technologies for the analysis of DNA, RNA and proteins.


Project information

Lung cancer is a common disease with a poor prognosis. The introduction of immunotherapy to lung cancer treatment has benefited the patient population, but unfortunately the majority does not respond. This has many explanations, and it is known that some tumours are immunologically cold. It is hypothesized that such tumours can become immunologically hot by inducing immunogenic cell death by for instance radiotherapy. We have initiated a clinical study, where we will treat patients with stereotactic radiotherapy in addition to immunotherapy. In this study, biological material will be collected and analysed.


The appointed candidate will be working in the group headed by professor Åslaug Helland


The main purpose of the fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.


Qualification requirements and personal skills


  • The candidates must have PhD in molecular biology or genetics and possess knowledge on lung cancer, including treatment and biomarkers identification.
  • The candidate should have a background as a health-professional, such as laboratory engineer or medical doctor.
  • Experience with standard molecular biology laboratory techniques such as handling tissues, blood samples, cells and nucleic acids, in addition to analyses of genomics data, is necessary.
  • Experience in performing serum analyses is necessary.
  • Candidates with knowledge about microRNA in lung cancer will be preferred.
  • Proficiency in the English language is a prerequisite. 

The candidate is expected to work together with other scientists in a team. We will welcome a highly motivated and dedicated candidate, with the ability to work independently, but with good communication skills and who performs well in a team.


We offer


  • A challenging and friendly working environment
  • Salary NOK 490 900 – NOK 569 000 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • 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

  • Cover letter including motivation for the position
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • Copies of educational certificates (PhD diploma) and letters of recommendation
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered
  • Contact information for two references

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 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 as Postdoctoral Fellow 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

Professor Åslaug Helland, e-mail:


Questions regarding the online application form can be adressed to HR-adviser Thoril Kristiansen,


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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