Laboratory Technician

Trondheim, Norway
17 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
03 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position and project

We have a vacancy for a laboratory technician position at Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science (INB). The position is a temporary, 1-year, full-time (100%) position, with possibility of extension. 

The position is based in the Sandvig lab, Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science, NTNU, and will be integrated with the recently established ´Translational Neuroscience´clinical academic research group (CARG).

The translational neuroscience CARG was established in January 2019 and aims to integrate ongoing research activities between NTNU/St Olavs hospital. The initial focus of the CARG is neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer´s disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. The CARG represents a collaboration between different research teams at INB, KIN/CNC, IKOM, and IDI at NTNU, and the Department of Neurology at St Olav´s Hospital.

The laboratory technician position is part of the Sandvig group. The main research interest in our lab is the study and elucidation of axonal and synaptic plasticity in the context of CNS function, damage, and repair. Ongoing research activities thus focus on CNS disease modelling through the application of advanced interdisciplinary methods and principles. These include morphogenetic neuroengineering, electrophysiology, neural computation, in vitro, in vivo, and computational models, to elucidate, predict, and modify morphology-activity relationships underlying normal and perturbed neural network function.  

Our laboratory consists of an international team of enthusiastic neurobiologists, psychologists, and clinicians. We collaborate with a number of inter- and crossdisciplinary research teams including the Department of Computer Science (IDI), NTNU, the Department of Molecular Medicine (IKOM), NTNU, the Kavli Institute of Neuroscience, Centre for Neural Computation (KIN/CNC), NTNU, Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet), and the Department of Neurology, St Olavs Hopsital, Trondheim. 

Job description

  • assist with the planning and implementation of experiments
  • general laboratory management tasks that ensure the smooth running of the lab
  • providing technical support and basic laboratory training for new MSc and PhD students and liaising with other personnel in connection with CARG-related scientific activities

Qualification requirements

  • Relevant education from university or university college, corresponding to bachelor’s degree level
  • A strong academic record with a weighted average grade of master’s education of B or higher, in accordance with NTNU’s grading system
  • Research experience in molecular neurobiology and/or cell biology.
  • Technical skills including: cell culture,  molecular neuroscience tools; immunocytochemistry, immunohistochemistry; microscopy and image acquisition and analysis 
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English 

Desired qualifications 

  • Knowledge of in vitro and/or in vivo electrophysiology
  • Master’s degree or PhD in Neuroscience or Biomedical Sciences

Personal characteristics 

  • Ability to work and/or collaborate with inter- and crossdisciplinary research environments
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a scientific team
  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written 
  • Meticulous attention to detail, as well as excellent organisation, time management, and analytical skills 

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement

We offer

  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
  • excellent opportunities for scientific and personal development through active collaborations with inter-and cross-disciplinary research environments at NTNU, nationally and abroad
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits

Salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position of staff engineer, code 1085 is normally remunerated at gross from NOK 371 500 – 472 300 before tax per year, 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 criterias 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.

General information

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants. 

Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree: 

Candidates from non-English speaking countries outside the Nordic countries should provide official documentation of their English competence. Approved tests are TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). The following results are required: TOEFL: 600 / writing 4.5 (paper-based test), 92 / writing 22 (internet- based test) IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted) CAE/CPE: grade B or A. 

For further information about the position, contact:
Dr Ioanna Sandvig, e-mail: 

For further information about the application process, contact: 
HR-consultant Even Gulbrand Larsen, e-mail:

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. 

Application deadline: 03.05.19

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Institute and research group
The Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science (INB) conducts research and education covering a wide range of areas related to the nervous system, sense organs, the head, and motion control and movement. The department includes the disciplines of Adult psychiatry, Clinical pharmacology, Clinical neurophysiology, Eye diseases, Geriatrics, Human movement science, Internal medicine- stroke, Laboratories, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Oral and maxillofacial diseases, Orthopaedic surgery, Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Radiology, Rheumatology. For more information about the department, see

Deadline 03.05.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Project
Place of service Trondheim