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The Institute's 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.

Institute of Basic Medical Sciences (IMB)
Department of Molecular Medicine
Post-doctoral fellow in Neuroscience

A postdoctoral fellow position in Neuroscience is available in the group of Associate Professor Koen Vervaeke: The lab is located at the Division of Physiology, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences (IMB), at the University of Oslo. The project is funded by the European Research Council (ERC). The position is initially funded for a period of 2 years and available from April 1, 2017. The starting date is flexible.

More information about the Institute and the research groups can be found here: link

The IMB has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials. 

No one can be appointed as a post-doctoral fellow for more than one specified period at the same institution.

No one can be appointed twice as a Postdoc financed with funds from The Research Council of Norway (NFR). 

Description of the project and the job 

We are searching for highly motivated candidates with a strong interest in cortical circuits. We aim at determining cortical circuit functions in awake behaving animals using optical and electrophysiological methods. The position is funded by the European Research Council to study the role of specific neuron types in the cortex. The candidate will use in-vivo two-photon imaging and electrophysiology techniques to record neuronal activity, and optogenetic perturbations to identify cell-specific contributions to cortex function.


It is essential that candidates have a proven track record of publications in high impact neuroscience journals. The applicants should have experience with some of the following disciplines; Electrophysiology, microscopy, optogenetics or computational neuroscience. Experience with extracellular recordings (tetrode or silicon probes) is an advantage. The candidates should be handy and be comfortable to work with rodents. Good programming skills (eg. Matlab/LabVIEW), being critical, and being a team player, are a big plus. Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent degree. The candidate should be able to work independently and structured, while at the same time engage in close collaborations. Emphasis will be attributed to team-working abilities and personal skills. 

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the relevance of the candidate’s background. 

A good command of English is required.

 We offer:

  •  A challenging and friendly working environment
  •  Salary level NOK 486 100 – 567 100 per year (57-65)
  •  Favorable pension arrangements
  •  Attractive welfare benefits 

 The application must include:

  • A one-page statement of motivation, research interests and a brief description of previous relevant experience.
  • CV
  • Copies of educational certificates
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
  • Optional: letters of recommendation.

Please remember that all documents should be in English.

In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.

UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

For further information please contact Associate Professor Koen Vervaeke, e-mail:   

Applications must be delivered in EasyCruit. Applications sent by email will not be accepted.

  • Region:
  • Oslo
  • Job type:
  • Contract
  • Working hours:
  • Full-time
  • Working days:
  • Day
  • Application deadline:
  • March 26th 2017
  • Expected Start Date:
  • The starting date is flexible.
  • Location:
  • Domus Medica, Sognsvannsveien. 9
  • Reference number:
  • 2017/2830
  • Contacts:
  • Associate Professor Koen Vervaeke