Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Life Sciences and Health

Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway's third largest university with almost 22,000 students and over 2,500 employees. We have campuses in central Oslo and at Romerike. OsloMet educates students and conducts research that contributes to the sustainability of the Norwegian welfare state and the metropolitan region.

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.

A fixed-term position is available for a postdoctoral fellow in reproductive biology for a three-year period from 1 October 2019 at the Department of Life Sciences and Health.

Field of Research:
The postdoctoral fellow will work as part of the research group ReproAl on the project ‘Artificial Intelligence - a novel tool in assisted reproduction technology’, funded by the Research Council of Norway (FRIMEDBIO research project). ReproAl consists of researchers from the Department of Life Sciences and Health, the Department of Computer Science, Fertilitetssenteret and SimulaMet. This project will apply artificial intelligence (AI) methods to improve the selection of embryos and spermatozoa for use in assisted reproduction. The project is interdisciplinary, and the group has competence in artificial intelligence, embryology, assisted reproduction, andrology, and cell biology. The project consists of different work packages, comprising of: data gathering, development of machine learning methods for sperm and embryo selection, choice of fertilisation method based on sperm characteristics. A randomised study where the intervention involves AI support in addition to standard treatment will also be conducted. Which work packages will be most central for the postdoctoral fellow depend on his or her skill set. The group collaborates with national and international researchers, and two research fellows will be appointed at OsloMet to carry out their doctorate work within the project.

The project description can be obtained by contacting professor Trine B. Haugen or senior clinical embryologist Mette H. Stensen. See the contact information below. 

Qualification requirements:

  • Education in one of the research areas cell biology, medicine, veterinary medicine, or another relevant education
  • PhD in cell biology or medical fields
  • Ability to conduct independent research, documented by publications in international journals
  • Mastery of relevant cell biology research methods
  • Good oral and written English skills

Candidates who are in the final stages of writing their PhD thesis must have submitted their thesis for assessment and had it approved for public defense.

General criteria for appointments to academic positions are covered by the Regulations for appointment and promotion to academic posts.

It is an advantage with:

  • Experience from research in reproductive biology
  • Knowledge of embryology and sperm analyses
  • Knowledge of artificial intelligence methods 
  • Experience with research networks and externally funded projects
  • Digital proficiency
  • Capability in communicating and cooperating with students and colleagues
  • Personal qualities that contribute positively to the working environment

Personal qualities required for the position:

  • Great work capacity
  • Good cooperation skills
  • The ability to work independently and in a structured manner 

It is important to OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavors to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required. You are also welcome to apply for a position with us if you have periods without employment, education or training on your CV.

Expert assessment: 
Applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. Please upload the following documents together with your application by the final date for applications:

  • CV, references and all pages of certificates/diplomas
  • A list of scholarly works
  • Up to 5 scholarly works, including the articles in your PhD thesis

You must upload all of these documents in order for your application to be processed. The documents must be in either English or a Scandinavian language. Translations must be government authorized. Originals must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet checks documents in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

We offer:

  • An exciting job opportunity at Norway’s third largest and most urban university
  • Participation in a dynamic professional environment and unique academic community
  • A creative and interdisciplinary research environment
  • Opportunities for academic development in a professional research environment
  • Loan and pension arrangements with the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Beneficial welfare schemes and a wide range of sports and cultural offers
  • Free Norwegian language classes to employees and their partners
  • Relocation support, cultural courses and on-boarding services
  • Working location in downtown Oslo with multiple cultural offers

Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway

The position is in accordance with the pay scale for state employees, postdoctoral fellow, code 1352. Salary: NOK 532,300–691,400 per year. A higher salary may be considered for particularly well-qualified applicants. 

Other information:
If you would like more information about the position, feel free to contact:

  • Professor Trine B. Haugen, Trine.B.Haugen@oslomet.no, tel. (+47) 67236104/ (+47) 99152426
  • Senior clinical embryologist Mette H. Stensen, mette.haug.stensen@fertilitetssenteret.no, tel. (+47) 22992899/(+47) 97094678 

If you wish to apply for the position, please do so via our application portal.

Permanent staff in an academic position at OsloMet cannot apply for this postdoctoral position.

Final date for applications: September 1st, 2019

Ref: 19/07422

Type of employment Temporary position (shorter than 10 days)
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 01.10.2019
Salary NOK 532 300-691 400
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Pilestredet, Oslo
County Oslo
Country Norway
Reference number 19/07422
  • Trine B. Haugen, +47 67236104/ +47 99152426
  • Mette H. Stensen, +47 22992899/ +47 97094678
Published 12.Jul.2019
Last application date 01.Sep.2019 11:59 PM CEST

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