Postdoc Position in Molecular Biology

Trondheim, Norway
17 Jun 2017
End of advertisement period
15 Aug 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

A Postdoc position is available at the Department of Biology in collaboration with Avexxin AS. The position is a part of a larger project granted for three years to Avexxin AS by The Norwegian Research Council. Avexxin AS was established in 2005 based on research conducted at NTNU and Oslo University.

Information about the Department of Biology and Avexxin AS
The current research fields at Department of Biology; Academic Section for Molecular Systems Biology includes plant cell and molecular biology, lipid signaling, systems biology, FoodMaP and functional plant biology. Avexxin technology is based on identification of a cellular therapeutic intervention target, and development of novel small molecule therapeutics for patients suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions such as psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis or glomerulonephritis.
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Job description
The post doc will work at the interface between basic research at Department of Biology at NTNU in collaboration with Harvard Medical School, the company Synthetica AS in Oslo, and Avexxin AS, N. The post doc position will be for 3 years, with 6 months trial period.

The main aim of the research is to characterize the mechanisms of action for novel small molecule therapeutics and formulations thereof for high-efficacy, non-steroidal treatment of Psoriasis. Research will include testing in biochemical, and cellular assays, that will ultimately lead to clinical phase IIa testing.

NTNU and Avexxin's discovery of a unique and novel therapeutic intervention point in the pro-inflammatory signalling cascade; the intracellular enzyme cPLA2-IVa, offers a completely new disease modifying approach to therapeutic treatment of potentially a range of severe chronic inflammatory disorders, including Psoriasis.
Key research challenges will include cellular mechanism investigations of small molecule inhibitors targeting cytosolic phospholipase A2; and cellular and in vitro model efficacy, and coordination and interpretation of ADMET analyses. 

Applicants for the post-doc position must have a PhD degree in cell/molecular biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, immunology, pharmacology or medicine. Eligible candidates should have a strong experience in cell- and molecular biology techniques, and experience in at least one of the following techniques/methods: tissue culture, pharmacology/toxicology or dermatology. The candidate must document ability to work independently and in collaboration with other groups, strong verbal and written communication skills in English, strong motivation, a high level of creativity and excellent ability to write and publish high quality scientific papers.
Applications from PhD candidates that graduate in the spring 2017 may also be considered.

Terms of employment
The appointment of the Postdoc will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees.

NTNU has a personell policy objective that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent.

The appointment will be made according to the general regulations regarding university employees. Postdoc positions are remunerated according to the Norwegian Government pay scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

The application
The application should contain:
• Application letter, including a statement for the motivation for the position
• A CV, including educational background, scientific experience and other relevant work experience.
• Certified copies of academic diplomas and transcripts 
• A list of relevant publications, including a brief description of the applicant’s contribution in each paper. Unpublished work may be included as attachments.

The application and all attachments should be submitted electronically through . Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.
The reference number of the position is: NV- 89/17

Application deadline: August 15, 2017

Further information can be obtained from Professor Berit Johansen, Department of Biology, NTNU, Ph. +47 73598691, E-mail: or Dr Astrid J Feuerherm, Avexxin AS, Ph. +47 98637364, E-mail:


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    Tuesday, August 15, 2017
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    NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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