Technician, Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience

Trondheim, Norway
15 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
28 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

At NTNU, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, there are two vacancies for full-time positions as animal care technicians (Staff Engineer, code 1085), both lasting for one year. The vacancies are at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience / Centre for Neural Computation (KISN). The KISN is one of 20 institutes established by the Kavli Foundation ( and is one of 8 departments at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. For more information about the Kavli Institute, see

The Kavli Institute uses rats, mice and zebrafish as research animals. The vacancies are associated to the institute’s research facility holding mice and rats. The main tasks will be daily work related to the housing and care of the animals. The work involves frequent handling of rat and mouse cages and associated equipment, normal physical form is therefore recommended. The applicants cannot be allergic to the animals. The work will be done in collaboration with other animal care technicians, researchers and the facility veterinarian. The work will include weekend work according to a rotation plan as a part of the regular work schedule, and additionally work during holidays and during vacations following a scheduled plan.

The positions report to the institute veterinarian.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Daily inspection of animals, including notifications and proper action in case disease or injuries are discovered
  • Cleaning of cages and equipment
  • Record keeping and documentation
  • Facilitation for researchers
  • Some maintenance tasks

Qualification requirements

  • Relevant education equivalent to minimum bachelor’s degree. Long and relevant practice can compensate for the educational requirement
  • Good written and oral English language skills

Desired qualifications 

  • Experience with laboratory work in general
  • Experience with handling of animals in a laboratory
  • Competence within laboratory animal science minimum equivalent to function c in the EU Directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes. The successful candidate who does not have this competence needs to complete a course in laboratory animal science

Personal characteristics 

  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues and other people at the institute
  • Motivated for routine work, and interested in developing new and existing hands-on skills and learning new tasks
  • Good communication skills
  • Compassion and empathy for animals in a research setting is highly desirable

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

Salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position of Staff Engineer (code 1085) is normally remunerated at gross from NOK 376 500 – 472 000 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. 

Questions about the position can be directed to veterinarian Siv Eggen, phone number: 73 59 82 41, e-mail

For information about the recruitment process you can contact HR-consultant Helene M. Hovland, phone number: 908 77 504, e-mail

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applicants invited for interview can be asked to bring certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Application deadline: 28.10.2019

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

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 28th October 2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime (2 jobs)
Duration Temporary
Place of service Olav Kyrres gate 9