Faculty of Health Sciences , Nursing and Health Promotion

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is one of Norway’s largest universities, with more than 20,000 students and 2,000 employees. OsloMet delivers knowledge to solve societal challenges, in close cooperation with the society and employers. OsloMet is an urban and diverse university with a clear international profile, and an attractive place to work and study with campuses in Oslo city center and at Kjeller in the Municipality of Lillestrøm. Our location in the metropolitan area gives us good opportunities to understand and benefit from the city’s diverse population.


The Faculty of Health Sciences consists of five departments and offers study programmes on all levels, including PhD. The faculty has about 6000 students and nearly 600 members of staff.

There are two vacancies as a research fellow in a fixed-term position at the Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Health . The research fellowship is on a Project funded by the Research Council of Norway's Large-scale Programme on Aquaculture Research. The Ph.d. degree will be affiliated to OsloMets Ph.d. program

The research fellowship period is three years without a teaching obligation / required duties. A period of four years with a 25% teaching obligation may also be an alternative for one of the positions. This will be decided when the appointment is made.

Field of work

The positions will be affiliated to a research group comprising geneticists, bioinformaticians and virologists from OsloMet, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, the Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Nofima and the University of Oslo. The research group also cooperates closely with genetics groups in Scotland and Canada, and is at the forefront of research in its field. The research fellows may have the opportunity for short stays (up to two months) at partner institutions in Scotland and/or Canada. The project manager is Rune Andreassen, OsloMet .

The research fellows will be affiliated to the Research Council of Norway's project “Epigenetic regulation by Atlantic salmon miRNAs in disease and osmotic stress”. A description of the project is on NRC’s pages . The objective of the project is to characterise miRNA genes that are involved in (and modulate) host-pathogen response in infections as well as modulate cell homeostasis in response to stress. The research fellows will be working with analysis methods such as High-throughput sequencing/expression analysis, RT-qPCR, and cell-based assays to study miRNA target gene interaction (e.g. fana technology, CRISPR). The work will involve method development as well as development of bioinformatic analysis pipelines. The project will generate new knowledge about the role of miRNA in connection with infection and about how they regulate the immune system as well as how they contribute in regulation of cell homeostasis in response to stress.

More information about the project and a more comprehensive project description can be obtained by contacting Rune Andreassen.

Area of research

Genomics on Atlantic salmon and epigenetic regulation by miRNAs.


  • A master's degree (120 credits/ECTS) or equivalent education taken in the past 10 years is a requirement
  • Good written and oral English skills are a requirement
  • General competence in the field of genetics/genomics is desirable
  • Experience of experimental work with RNA (RNA extraction/RT-qPCR) is desirable
  • Experience with expression analyses of deep sequencing data (bioinformatics) or of work with cell-based methods for examining gene expression is desirable

The following qualities are given emphasis:

  • the ability to work independently and purposefully
  • being enthusiastic about the subject area and research
  • good cooperation and communication skills
  • motivated for experimental work including method development and for learning/acquiring competence in analysing data from high throughput methods (bioinformatics) e.g. smallRNA sequencing.

It is important for OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active efforts to further develop as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required.

We can offer you

  • a research group with members from four national institutions and a broad international network that makes it well equipped in terms of competence and support for research fellows and for carrying out the project
  • opportunities for further academic development in a creative academic and research environment at the forefront in its field
  • during the project, the research fellow will acquire skills and knowledge (including in bioinformatics, non-coding RNA) that will represent a competitive advantage in Connection with postdoc positions
  • beneficial pension arrangements with the Norwegian State Pension Fund
  • flexible working hours and good employee welfare arrangements.
  • free Norwegian classes to employees and their partnersflexible working hours and good employee welfare arrangements
  • working location in downtown Oslo with multiple cultural offers working hours and good employee welfare arrangements

OsloMet’s International Career Site gives information on living and working in Oslo.

Other information

For more information about the position, contact: Associate Professor Rune Andreassen, Tel.: (+47) 67 23 62 74  email: Rune.Andreassen@Oslomet.no

For questions of an administrative nature, contact Malin Larsen, malinla@oslomet.

The salary for the position, position code 1017 phD Fellow, currently NOK 435 500 -465 000 a year.


We use an electronic recruitment system. If you wish to apply for the position, register your application by clicking the button.

You must upload the following documents together with your application by the final date for applications:

  • the application, your CV, diplomas and references
  • a list of your publications
  • your master's degree/second degree thesis and any other scholarly work that you wish to be take into consideration

Your diploma and transcript of grades must include ECTS grades (A–F). Foreign diplomas must be translated into English by the degree-conferring institution. Education taken abroad should preferably be recognised in advance by NOKUT, and a confirmed copy of the letter of recognition must be enclosed. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

You must upload all of these documents. Original documents and valid passport must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet performs document inspections in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact Email malinla@oslomet.no.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. The application must state your reasons for applying to the project and what makes you particularly qualified to carry out this PhD work.

Final date for applications:     24 June 2018

Ref.:                                        18/05216


OsloMet has implemented the Charter & Code and been certified by the EU Commission with HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) and is part of the EU network for mobility of Researchers Euraxess. 

Type of employment Stipendiat
Contract type Full time
Salary NOK 436 900-466 500
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 18/05216
  • Rune Andreassen, førsteamanuensis, 67 23 62 74
Published 01.Jun.2018
Last application date 24.Jun.2018 11:59 PM CET

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