PhD Research Fellowship in Neuroscience

Application deadline: extended to 21 August, 2017

3-year PhD Research fellow position now available at the Center for Integrative Neuroplasticity (CINPLA) at Department of Biosciences.

Position as a PhD research fellow available at the Department of Biosciences in the research group of Associate Professor Marianne Fyhn at the Center for Integrated Neuroplasticity (CINPLA).

The fellowship period is three years. Within the framework of the position duties may be assigned. Anticipated start date no later than 01.10.2017. No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

Project description:

In our laboratory we study neural processing and plasticity of neural circuits at multiple levels, from the morphological changes at the synapse to functional changes of network activity in behaving animals. The aim of the present project is to identify cell-specific and molecular contributions to neural information processing underlying complex behaviors. To achieve this, the candidate will use both in vivo and in vitro recording techniques including electrophysiology and multiphoton imaging in combination with genetic perturbations such as optogenetics. For in-depth understanding at different levels, complementary projects will develop computational models at a single neuron and network level. Thus, the project relies heavily on interdisciplinary principles and involves strong interaction between experimental neuroscience and mathematical modelling. As such, the successful candidate will work with experimental and computational neuroscience research groups at Simula Research Laboratory and the University of Oslo (


The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

The candidate must hold an MSc or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian master’s degree in Physiology, Neurobiology or similar field. The preferred candidate will have experience in experimental physiology, preferably from electrophysiology or imaging (e.g., multiphoton microscopy), in combination with behavior studies. The candidates should also be comfortable working with rodents and have good programming skills (e.g., Matlab/Python/LabVIEW). Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the project, the candidate should also have experience with or a strong interest in computational neuroscience.

The candidate should be able to work independently and structured, while at the same time engage in close collaborations.

English is the working language at both CINPLA and Simula, therefore an excellent command of English is required.

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. The candidate will have access to a range of PhD research schools and courses that provide both technical courses as well as transferrable skills courses and workshops. We provide broad training possibilities in the required experimental methods within a stimulating and interdisciplinary academic environment that provides outstanding training in experimental and computational neuroscience.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programme must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position.
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We offer:

  • Salary NOK NOK 436 900 – 490 900 per annum, depending on qualifications and seniority as PhD Research Fellow ( postion code 1017).
  • 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.

The application must include:

  • Application letter, including a motivation for applying
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • A brief account (one page maximum, as a separate file) of the applicant’s research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • List of publications
  • Names and contact details of two or three references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

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.

Other information:

Contact persons:

For more information, please contact:
Associate Professor Marianne Fyhn

Published July 28, 2017 3:55 PM - Last modified Aug. 15, 2017 5:47 AM