Postdoctoral Fellow in Cell and Molecular Neurobiology

Trondheim, Norway
Nov 17, 2020
End of advertisement period
Dec 31, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time


About the position

The position is based in the Quattrocolo group, a newly established research group part of the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience/Centre for Neural Computation. The Centre for Neural Computation is a centre of excellence funded for 10 years by the Norwegian Research Council. We offer an international and multidisciplinary environment in which creativity and scientific discourse is valued and stimulated. See for detailed information

The Quattrocolo group at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience has an opening for a postdoctoral candidate in cell and molecular neurobiology. The main research interest of the lab is the study of cortical circuit development. In particular we focus on understanding the influence of specific cell types (such as Cajal-Retzius cells) in the establishment and maturation of the circuit of the hippocampal-entorhinal area. We aim to combine different techniques, from anatomical tracing to transcriptomic, from in vitro to in vivo physiology to reach our goal. The successful candidate will be expected to perform analysis of protein and gene expression levels in physiological and non-physiological development. The position is a full time (100%) position, with a 2-4 years contract, starting in early 2021.

Required selection criteria

Postdoctoral fellow:

  • Must hold a Ph.D. in neuroscience or related quantitative science discipline, with documented experience (such as publications or conference abstracts).
  • An interest in developmental neuroscience
  • Experience in cellular and molecular neuroscience
  • The candidate must be proficient in spoken and written English

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant.

Preferred selection criteria

  • Prior experience with transcriptomic and bioinformatics methods for analysis will be an advantage
  • Experience with rodents and with animal surgery, such as for viral vector injections, will be an advantage
  • Candidates should be able to document prior productivity (e.g. publications, abstracts, conference proceedings).

Personal characteristics

  • The candidates motivation for the position
  • Documented ability to work independently and as a team member
  • The candidates competency, flexibility and ambition

We offer

Salary and conditions

Postdoctoral fellowship:

The employment period is 2-4 year depending on the candidate

Postdoctoral candidates are placed in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 542 400 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

The position is subject to external funding.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English 

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

The following documents must be enclosed:

  • Updated CV.
  • A short research statement explaining the experience and the interest of the candidate for the research topic and describing the relevance of the candidate’s background to the research project (maximum 2 pages).
  • Certified copies of relevant transcripts and diplomas.
  • Name and Contact information of 2-3 references.

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

For further information about the position, contact: Giulia Quattrocolo

For information about the recruitment process, you can contact HR-consultant Ole Kristian Indergård, e-mail

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. 

Application deadline: 31.12.2020

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The Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at NTNU. It was established as a Centre of Excellence in 2002, and designated as a Kavli Foundation Institute in 2007 ( The scientific goal of the Institute is to increase the understanding of neural circuits and systems along with their role in generating psychological functions. Today, the Institute consists of the Centre for Neuronal Computation (CNC) as well as the Egil and Pauline Braathen and Fred Kavli Centre for Cortical Microcircuits. In 2014, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to two of the Institute’s professors, Edvard Moser and May-Britt Moser. The Institute is responsible for an international master's programme and is affiliated with a doctoral programme in medicine. Through our widespread network of international collaboration, we offer unique career opportunities. For further information, see:

Deadline 31st December 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Engagement
Place of service