Laboratory Technician

Trondheim, Norway
17 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
31 Dec 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
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 main research interest of the lab is the study of cortical circuits development. We combine several techniques, from immunohistochemistry to molecular biology, from in vitro to in vivo physiology. The position is a temporary, 1-year, full time (100%) position, with possibility of extension, starting in early 2021.

Duties of the position

  • Assist with the planning and implementation of experiments (immunohistochemistry and molecular biology in particular)
  • General laboratory management tasks, such as equipment maintenance, handling laboratory waste, ordering of lab supplies
  • Assist with the management of mouse colony (database update, genotyping)
  • Provide technical support and basic laboratory training for new personnel

Required selection criteria

  • The ideal candidate is expected to have a relevant Bachelor’s degree (e.g. within biology, molecular biology or biotechnology) and/or research experience in molecular/cell biology (experience in Neuroscience research will be an advantage)
  • Technical skills including molecular neuroscience tools; immunohistochemistry (cutting with microtome/cryostat, staining, mounting); microscopy and image acquisition analysis
  • Experience with rodents and training at EU function A and B level (equivalent to old FELASA C level). Having passed the course in Animal Research in Norway will be an advantage.

Preferred selection criteria

  • Experience with animal surgeries (e.g. for viral vector injections) will be an advantage
  • The candidate should be proficient in spoken and written English
  • Basic Norwegian will be an advantage

Personal characteristics 

  • Ability to work and/or collaborate with inter- and cross-disciplinary research environment
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a scientific team
  • Initiative and motivation for the position will be considered in our assessment of the candidates
  • Being solution-oriented and able to solve problems independently
  • Responding to direction and research strategy

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

The gross salary for the position of Staff Engineer (code 1085) is normally remunerated at gross from NOK 386 200 - 464 000 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 Faculty of Medicine and the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience want to attract outstanding and creative candidates who can contribute to our ongoing research activities.

We believe that diversity is important to achieve a good, inclusive working environment. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, disability or cultural background.
Applications are to be submitted electronically via

About the application

The application must contain (decide what needs to be included - remove what does not fit):

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • name and adress of two references

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.

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. 

Under the Freedom of 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 and supporting documentation via If you are invited for interview, you must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas. 

Application deadline: 31.12.2020

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 31st December 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience