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Job description 
Cardiovascular Research Group at Akershus University Hospital invites applicants holding, or soon to complete, a Master’s degree in molecular biology or equivalent, to apply to a funded 3-year PhD position in cardiac research. No prior specialization in cardiovascular research is necessary, however, competence and experience in laboratory techniques is required. 
More about the position
The PhD candidate will be involved in an exciting translational project in cardiovascular disease. The project is to validate a novel biomarker as a marker of ventricular arrhythmias. Ventricular arrhythmias is a major health problem and contributes to substantial mortality throughout the world. Hence, the project holds potential to provide new information of major importance for human health. The basic science work will complement the clinical studies, and provide results that will increase our understanding of the novel biomarker and better treatment of patients in the future. The work will include general molecular laboratory techniques, such as western blot and qRT-PCR. Prior experience with such techniques is a prerequisite. It will be an advantage with prior experience with cell cultures and confocal imaging. In addition to the basic science work, the PhD candidate will also contribute to the clinical work, including potentially biospecimen handling, biospecimen processing, analysis of ELISA experiments, etc. The project is funded by the Norwegian Health Association after successful application to a competitive call for research funding.

The PhD candidate will be employed at Akershus University Hospital with supervision by Dr. Helge Røsjø and post doctor Anett H. Ottesen. The candidate will also be affiliated with the Institute for Experimental Medical Research (IEMR), the Department of Medicine at the University of Oslo, with co-supervision by Senior Researcher Cathrine Rein Carlson. The main location for the laboratory work will be at the IEMR at Oslo, Norway (currently Ullevål), while main location for clinical work/ work related to patient samples will be at Akershus University Hospital, which has locations at Lørenskog, Gardermoen, Kongsvinger, and Ski.

The Cardiovascular Research Group is an international renowned research group within the field of cardiovascular research, with publications in world leading journals. The group constitutes a young and ambitious environment with around 30 members. Please read more about the group here: https://www.med.uio.no/klinmed/forskning/grupper/kardiovaskular-crg/. IEMR employs around 70 people and consists of six cardiac research groups with backgrounds in molecular biology, physiology and cardiology. For more about IEMR, please see the institute web site: https://www.iemf.no/

The research fellow must take part in the University’s approved PhD program and is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period. The main purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. The applicant must in collaboration with his supervisor work out a complete project description to be attached to the application for admission to the doctoral program, within 2 months after employment. For more information, please see our web site (https://www.uio.no/english/about/regulations/personnel/academic/hf-guidelines-application-assessment-phd.html)  

           Qualification requirements   
  • Master’s degree in molecular biology or equivalent
  • Prior experience with laboratory work such as western blot, qRT-PCR, cell cultures, and confocal imaging
  • Highly motivated and able to work independently
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
Personal skills  
We seek a highly motivated and skilled person with strong commitment to research. The ideal candidate is able to work self-sufficiently in the laboratory. Candidates with broad experience in laboratory work and animal studies are highly encouraged to apply, particular with experience with general molecular techniques, cell isolation/cell cultures, confocal imaging, and/or calcium dependent fluorescence/electrophysiology. Necessary training will be provided.

We offer
  • Standard Norwegian PhD fellowship salary according to agreement
  • Professional development in a friendly and stimulating multi-disciplinary and international working environment
  • Skillful, experienced and creative research colleagues
  • Well-established national and international scientific networks
  • Attractive welfare benefits  
How to apply  
The application must include
  • Cover letter statement of motivation and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

Contact information
Assoc. Prof. Helge Røsjø (helge.rosjo@medisin.uio.no)
Post doc Anett H. Ottesen (a.h.ottesen@medisin.uio.no)    
Akershus universitetssykehus
Sykehusveien 25
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