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Researcher, Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience

About the job

We are excited to announce a job opening for the position of Researcher at the Neurophotonics lab ( ) at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, NTNU, Norway. This position involves establishing the optical lab and developing portable photonic devices for brain imaging. The lab is located at the prestigious Kavli Institute at NTNU in Trondheim. As a researcher, you will be trained by the group leader in optical and electronic design, microscope assembly, and support the system operation and maintenance within the lab. You will report directly to Dr. Weijian Zong.

The Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, designated as a Kavli Foundation Institute in 2007, aims to understand neural circuits and systems in the cortex and identify neural-population mechanisms underlying high-level cognitive functions. Dr. Zong established his group at the Kavli Institute in late 2023, focusing on developing cutting-edge optical tools to monitor and manipulate neural activity in naturally-behaving animals. Dr. Zong's recent achievement includes the development of a miniature portable 2-photon miniscope (MINI2P) for high-resolution multiplane imaging of thousands of neurons in the cortical tissue of freely-moving mice (W. Zong et al., Cell, March 2022).

The position is full time (100%), with a 1 year contract. Starting date is preferably in May 2024.

Your immediate leader is Dr. Weijian Zong

Duties of the position

  • Test optical and electrical devices
  • Operate and maintain microscopic systems
  • Manage equipment in the lab, including ordering, sorting, and maintenance
  • Conduct and provide training for imaging experiment in freely moving animals

Required selection criteria

  • Master’s degree in neuroscience, engineering, physics, photonics, computer science, biology or other relevant subject
  • Documented experience with engineering programming (such as Labview, SolidWorks or Zemax) or scripting languages (e.g., Java, MATLAB, Python, C+);
  • Documented experience with conducting animal-related operations (handling and performing experiments), or willingness to learn
  • Ability to troubleshoot and resolve problems related to software and hardware
  • A strong background or motivation for developing or adapting new techniques for brain research
  • Familiar with operating or building optical systems

Preferred selection criteria

  • Experience with GUI (graphic user interface) and visualization programming
  • Proficiency in image processing and analysis methods, including the development of custom algorithms
  • Fluent in Norwegian both written and orally

You are welcome to apply even if you do not meet all the listed criteria. 

Personal characteristics 

  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
  • Passion for studying and understanding the brain
  • Open-minded, responsible, patient, and collaborative attitude towards colleagues
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills, with the ability to balance speed with quality
  • Ability to work effectively and productively both independently and in cross-functional teams
  • Quick adaptability to new projects and challenges
  • Strong operational and practical capacity

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 position is placed in code 1108 Reseacher. The position is paid according to agreement 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's 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.

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

About the application

Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above. 

The application must contain:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • A one-page personal statement of why you are the right candidate
  • Name and contact information of three references with a description of their relationship to you

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

General information

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway’s culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking institutions and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and 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. 

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Weijian Zong, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Lisa Yvonne Mele, e-mail: 

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.   

Application deadline: 24.02.2024

Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine 2014

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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 24th February 2024
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Olav kyrres gate 9, 7030 Trondheim

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