Postdoctoral Fellow in Cancer Immunology University of Oslo, Institute for Cancer Research Norway

Postdoctoral Fellow in Cancer Immunology

Job description

A postdoctoral position is available at the KG Jebsen Centre for B-cell malignancies. The position will be affiliated with the Lymphoma Biology Group at the Institute for Cancer Research, headed by Erlend B. Smeland and June H. Myklebust, and the position is available from June 1, 2018 for 3 years.


The organization and research focus


The KG Jebsen Centre includes 3 research labs and 2 clinical groups at Oslo University Hospital, located at Rikshospitalet and Radiumhospitalet, and currently counts more than 40 members. The centre aims to improve the biological understanding of B-cell malignancies, and will translate these advances into improved patient treatment. B-cell malignancies are cancers derived from B-lymphocytes of the immune system and constitute a heterogeneous group of malignancies. A precise diagnosis is crucial, as the different disease types require different treatment regimens for optimal control. The centre is a multidisciplinary integration of life science research including drug discovery, design and innovation, molecular biology and molecular medicine/personalized medicine, biostatistics/informatics, ground breaking cell-based immunotherapy, as well as clinical trials and establishment of best practice on how to treat B-cell malignancies.

The position will be affiliated with the Lymphoma Biology Group, which focuses on translational studies in B-cell lymphoma. The research milieu consists of immunology researchers with research background in medicine, biology, biochemistry and biotechnology, experts in computational biology and biostatistics, oncologists with translational research experience and hematopathologists, and we have extensive international collaboration. See

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More about the position

The position is integrated in the KG Jebsen centre research focus to identify molecular predictive signatures for B-cell malignancies and to gain new biological insight in tumor cell heterogeneity and the interplay with the microenvironment.

The centre uses primary patient samples from patients included in clinical trials. The hired postdoc will be a core member of the team seeking to 1) study how various T cell subsets play a role in the pathogenesis and progression of B cell malignancies, 2) characterize intratumor heterogeneity through single cell proteomic analysis and RNA sequencing, (3) map intracellular signaling and map sensitivity of cancer drugs in patient samples (4) identify new targets for therapy, including immunotherapy.

The hired postdoc will use single cell proteomics technologies, including advanced fluorescent flow cytometry and mass cytometry, various cell biology and immunological assays, as well as in vitro cell cultures. The project is conducted in close collaboration with other postdocs in the lab, lymphoma clinicians and members of the KG Jebsen centre.

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


Qualification requirements and personal skills


  • Applicants must hold a PhD in cancer biology, immunology or cell biology and candidates with documented strong background in immunology and cancer biology will be preferred.
  • Experience from work with single cell proteomics technologies such as advanced flow cytometry or mass cytometry  is required.
  • Experience from analysis of high-dimensional data and use of bioinformatics tools and programming will be an advantage, and experience with research on cancer biology will be preferred.   
  • Proficient in written and oral English.
  • The candidate should be highly motivated and dedicated. Good team working skills are required.


We offer


  • A dynamic and stimulating scientific environment in a young, enthusiastic and motivated team of biologists and MDs. The Institute of Cancer Research is at the international forefront and houses top modern (2009) and excellent lab facilities with a wide range of core facilities (animal, light and electron microscopy, flow cytometry, genomics and bioinformatics, MR), with additional core facilities (mass spec etc) at the Rikshospitalet and UiO sites.
  • 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 (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • A complete list of publications
  • Transcripts of university diplomas
  • List of 3 referee persons (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

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.


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

Information about the project can be addressed to Associate Professor June H. Myklebust, or to Professor Erlend B. Smeland,


Information about the electronic application form can be addressed to Human Resources 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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