PhD position: Impact of Oxidative DNA Base Lesion Repair on Cortical Brain Functions

Trondheim, Norway
24 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
14 Sep 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Department of clinical and molecular medicine

In this project, we aim to explore the functional impact of oxidative DNA base lesion repair on the brain’s spatial representation system, which is a simple yet powerful model for understanding cortical brain functions. This is a multidisciplinary project that will use transgenic mouse models, experimental disease models and a broad range of advanced methods and technologies from multiple research disciplines, such as molecular biology, cell biology, neurobiology, electrophysiology as well as animal behavior.

We are searching for a highly-motivated, well-organized and self-disciplined candidate for a PhD position.

The position is now available at the Department of clinical and molecular medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). 

The period of employment for the position as a PhD Candidate is 3 years. The position has the objective of qualifying for higher academic positions. Admission to a doctoral degree program is a requirement for employment as a PhD candidate. For regulations concerning the PhD-degree at NTNU, please see:

The PhD candidate will work in a multidisciplinary environment of molecular biologists, cell biologists, neurobiologists, physiologists and computer scientists at NTNU. The PhD student will be localized in the lab of Prof. Magnar Bjørås at the Department of clinical and molecular medicine ( and will interact with members in the Kavli institute for systems neuroscience and Centre for neural computation (

Requirements of the applicant:

  • A master’s degree or an equivalent education within biology or related fields. 
  • A strong academic record with a weighted average grade of master’s or equivalent education with a grade of B or higher, in accordance with NTNU’s grading system.
  • Proficiency in oral and written English.

Emphasis will also be placed on:

  • Skills and experiences in neurobiology and animal experiments
  • Experience with animal behaviour tasks combined with neuronal recordings in freely moving mice
  • Experience with techniques such as immunohistochemistry, confocal microscopy and molecular biology methods will be used to examine brain histology and cellular mechanisms
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work in a team.

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. If necessary, we will adapt the workplace for people with disabilities. Increasing the number of women in academic positions is an important priority for the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. 

More information regarding moving to Trondheim, Norway and working at NTNU:

Depending on qualifications and academic background, PhD Candidates (in code 1017) at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences will be remunerated at a minimum of NOK 436 500 per year before tax. Normal wage level is NOK 436 500 – 499 200 of which 2% is deducted for the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The appointment will be made in accordance with current regulations and supplementary rules with guidelines for employment as PhD Candidate appointments at universities and university colleges.

How to apply: 

Applicants are asked to apply via

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 documents.

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:

Deadline for applications: 14th of September 2017

Chosen applicants will be invited to undergo an interview.

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Magnar Bjørås and PhD Jing Ye

For information concerning the application process, please contact HR Consultant Mariann Hansen,­

Please note that under the Norwegian Civil Service Act, information about applicants may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be included on the list of applicants.

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