PhD Candidate in Cilia Biology and Neuroscience

Trondheim, Norway
09 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
13 Oct 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Temporary
Full Time

About the position

A temporary 3 year, full time (100%) PhD position is open for an outstanding candidate to investigate the function of motile cilia-mediated flow in the nervous system of zebrafish. The candidate is expected to start as soon as possible.

Institute and lab:

The research project will take place at the Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine, at NTNU, in Trondheim, Norway. The institute offers a multidisciplinary environment in which creativity and scientific discussion are valued and stimulated. See for further information.

The position is available in the newly established Jurisch-Yaksi group, in collaboration with Prof Yaksi group at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience. Our laboratory consists of an international team of enthusiastic biologists, neuroscientists and medical doctors. Our main scientific goal is to understand the fundamental principles underlying the function and development of neural circuits in health and disease. In order to achieve this aim, we use zebrafish as model system. See and for further information.

Project description

We are searching for a highly motivated PhD student whose main goal will be to unravel the function of motile-cilia-generated flow in the nervous system of zebrafish larvae. The PhD student will use a wide range of microscopy, computational, fluid dynamics and biophysical approaches to characterize ciliary beating, flow and neuronal activity in vivo and in brain explants. In addition, the candidate will use genetic, optogenetic and pharmacological approaches to monitor and manipulate ciliary beating in vivo and identify the consequences of impaired ciliary beating on brain function. Please read our recent publications to have a broad overview of techniques and approaches used in our laboratory.

Qualification requirements

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in Neuroscience, Biology, Biochemistry or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree.

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, postdoctor and research assistant

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

Other qualifications

  • Proficiency in spoken and written English and excellent communication skills, oral and written are required since English is our working language.
  • Strong motivation for the position, and proven ability to work independently as well as in a scientific team

Emphasis will be placed on

  • Technical skills in molecular and cellular biology, immunostaining, imaging and genetics will be advantageous
  • Quantitative skills and knowledge of programming (Matlab) will be advantageous
  • Prior experience in cilia biology, fluid dynamics or neuroscience is beneficial
  • Prior experience with animal models, preferably zebrafish, and Felasa C certification are beneficial

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 with access to state-of-the-art technologies
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • excellent chances for scientific and personal development in collaboration with skilled co-workers across the Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine and Kavli institute for Systems Neuroscience
  • affiliation to the Norwegian Research School in Neuroscience or Digital Life Norway Research School
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 449 400 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in [subject area] (Link to website, if applicable). 

As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

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.

Questions about the position can be directed to

Applicants are asked to apply via this page. The application should contain the following attachments:

  • Applicants’ CV (including list of publications, relevant former positions and references) and copy of relevant transcripts and diplomas.
  • Short statement on the applicant’s personal qualifications and motivation for the position.
  • Short statement from a former supervisor/tutor/teacher.
  • Contact information for two references.
  • Other relevant attachments.

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:

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: 13.10.2019

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