Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroscience University of Oslo, Department of Molecular Medicine Norway

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'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 340 employees and is located in Domus Medica.


Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroscience


One position as Post-doctoral fellow (SKO 1352) is available at the Division of Physiology, Department of Molecular Medicine, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences (IMB), University of Oslo. The position is affiliated with the group of Dr. Hua Hu. The position is for a period up to 2 years and is immediately available. For more information, see


Job description/ Project description

Synaptic communication is fundamental for the functions of the brain. Thus, knowledge of how neurons communicate at synapses is important for understanding how the brain works. We use advanced electrophysiological and imaging methods to investigate synaptic signaling mechanisms in presynaptic axons and postsynaptic dendrites (Hu H, Martia M and Jonas P, Science, 2010; Hu H and Jonas P, Nature Neuroscience, 2014). The position is funded by the Research Council of Norway (FRIMEDBIO) to study electrical signaling in cortical inhibitory interneuron axons (Hu H, Gan J and Jonas P, Science, 2014). Specifically, the project aims to map the distribution of ion channels in inhibitory axon terminals, and to analyze the resulting functional properties. We are searching for a highly motivated candidate with a strong interest in synaptic functions and cortical circuits.



We seek candidates with a strong background in at least one of the following disciplines: electrophysiology, two-photon microscopy or optogenetics. The candidate should be creative, critical and organized in analyzing data. Competence in computer modeling is a plus. Highly motivated candidates that do not fulfill all the criteria will have the opportunity to learn the necessary skills in the lab.


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.


The main purpose of the fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.


We offer

  • NOK 486 100 – 569 000, depending on qualifications
  • A challenging and friendly working environment
  • 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


How to apply


The application must include

  • A one-page statement of motivation, research interests and a brief description of previous relevant experience.
  • CV with a complete publication list
  • 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.


The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).


In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, the project description (whenever this is required in the call for applicants), and the quality of the project as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.
It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.


Formal regulations


Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.


No one can be appointed 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).

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.


The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.


The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.


Deadline: 15.09.2017


For further information please contact Dr. Hua Hu, e-mail:

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