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A permanent position is available at the Department of Molecular Medicine for an Associate Professor of Medicine in the subject area of Biochemistry.

The Department of Molecular Medicine consists of 28 research groups across three divisions (Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology) and brings together wide expertise aiming to understand key biological and pathological processes from cellular to systems levels. The position is linked to the Division of Biochemistry, which consists of eight research groups working on a broad range of topics, including membrane trafficking, cell signaling, autophagy, cardiovascular biology, chromatin and nuclear architecture, and metabolism. More information on research in the Department and Division of Biochemistry can be found here:

The successful candidate is expected to initiate and lead research, supervise PhD candidates, participate in teaching and in exam setting and assessment at all levels, and carry out administrative duties in accordance with the needs of the Department. The Division of Biochemistry is responsible for teaching various aspects of human biochemistry and cell biology to students in medicine (majority), nutrition and dentistry, and to students in the PhD and medical research training programs at the Faculty of Medicine. Teaching consists of formal lectures, group teaching,  and practical courses (Teaching-related work accounts for 45% of the position, while 10% is calculated for administrative tasks).  Candidates must therefore document in their application, and demonstrate during the evaluation process, that they are both qualified and motivated to engage in teaching of all of these student groups.

For further description of the position: link

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Qualification requirements

  • PhD or equivalent academic qualifications with a specialization in medical biochemistry.
  • Strong research background in biochemistry, molecular or cellular biology.
  • A degree in medicine (MD or equivalent) will be considered as an advantage, should the other qualifications be equal.
  • Documented pedagogical skills.
  • Documentation of qualifications in dissemination, management and administration will count positively.
  • Good communication skills both written and oral in English and Norwegian (or another Scandinavian language) are a prerequisite for performing all the tasks associated with the position.  Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language at the time of appointment are given a deadline of two years to learn Norwegian.

The following qualifications will count in the assessment of the applicants:

We are particularly interested in recruiting candidates at an early phase of their career and who have already demonstrated a promising research trajectory. High quality of research and publishing in peer-reviewed international journals are expected. Candidates must fulfil the qualifications criteria listed above. The successful applicant must provide a clear plan for his/her research and for acquiring external funding. The plan must include a description on how research will complement and synergize with research (methodologically or thematically) in the Division and the Department. The appointed candidate is expected to strengthen research in at least one of the following areas: membrane trafficking, signaling, autophagy, metabolism, cardiovascular biology, chromatin and nuclear architecture.

Personal skills

  • Ambition to create an attractive and competitive research environment.
  • Dynamic international and interdisciplinary networking skills.
  • Ability to enthusiastically communicate complex scientific topics to students, colleagues and the general public.

We offer

  • Salary from kr. 615 900 to kr. 813 400  depending on competencies, in the position of Associate Professor (position code 1011)
  • A professionally stimulating working environment.
  • The opportunity to establish a dynamic and innovative research group with potential to recruit high calibre students and postdoctoral fellows.
  • 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.
  • Excellent collaborative opportunities within the Department, the University of Oslo and the adjacent Oslo University Hospital
  • The opportunity to apply for promotion to full professorship at a later stage.

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work, research interests and teaching experience).
  • CV (complete list of education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and coordination experience, list of supervised PhD students, and other qualifying activities).
  • A complete list of publications.
  • A portfolio of academic work (up to 10 publications) that is particularly relevant for the position. The candidate should briefly specify his/her contribution to these publications and the impact of the findings.
  • A list of project acquisitions (amounts, dates and names of grant giving bodies). In case of network grants please include your individual part only.
  • A research plan and how this will integrate with existing research in the division of Biochemistry.
  •  PhD Diploma.
  •  3 references (relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number).

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Please note that all documents should be in English. In the evaluation of the qualified candidates, the full range of these criteria will be explicitly assessed. Interviews will be part of the appointment process, along with trial lectures on research and teaching subjects.

Formal regulations

The successful candidate who at the time of appointment cannot document basic teaching qualifications will be required to obtain such qualifications within a three-year period.

The successful candidate must demonstrate proficiency in English and in one of the Scandinavian languages as working languages. If an appointee is not fluent in a Scandinavian language, the appointee will be expected within a two-year period to learn sufficient Norwegian to be able to participate actively in all functions the position may involve.

Please see the rules for Appointments to Professorships and Associate Professorships and Rules for the assessment and weighting of pedagogical competence.

Pursuant to section 25(2) of the Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public, even if the applicant has requested not to appear on the list of applicants.

The University of Oslo has a transfer agreement with all employees that is intended to secure the rights to all research results etc.

 Women are encouraged to apply.

In addition, the University of Oslo aims for its employees to reflect the diversity of the population to the greatest degree possible. We therefore encourage qualified applicants with disabilities or gaps in their CV to apply for the position. The University of Oslo will adapt the workplace to suit employees with disabilities. Applicants who indicate that they have disabilities or gaps in their CV are made aware that this information may be used for statistical purposes.


Professor Sandip Kanse, phone number: +4722851464,

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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 Basic Medical Sciences overall objective is to promote basic medical knowledge in order to understand normal processes, provide insight into mechanisms that cause illness, and promote good health. The Institute is responsible for teaching in basic medical sciences for the programmes of professional study in medicine and the Master’s programme in clinical nutrition. The Institute has more than 300 employees and is located in Domus Medica.

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