The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.

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
PhD position in Neuroscience

A PhD 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 fully funded for a period of 3 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.                                                                     

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 behaving animals and study the contribution of specific neuron types. The candidate will use in-vivo two-photon imaging and electrophysiology techniques to record neuronal activity, and use optogenetics to identify cell-specific contributions to cortex function.


Highly motivated students with a degree in neuroscience, biology, medicine, computer science, physics or engineering are encouraged to apply. Ideally, the applicants have basic experience with some of the following disciplines; Electrophysiology, microscopy, optogenetics or computational neuroscience. 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 all a big plus. The candidate should be able to work independently and structured, while at the same time engage in close collaborations. Applicants must hold an MSc or M.D. degree. 

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:

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:
  • 2017/2832
  • Contacts:
  • Associate Professor Koen Vervaeke