PhD Candidate: Function of Motile-cilia-mediated Flow in the Nervous System of Zebrafish

Trondheim, Norway
06 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
02 Nov 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Yaksi laboratory

Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences


A temporary 3 year, full time (100%) PhD position is open for an outstanding candidate to investigate the function of motile cilia-mediated flow in the nervous system of zebrafish. The candidate is expected to start in Spring 2018.

Institute and lab:

The research project will take place at the world-renowned Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, in Trondheim, Norway. The Kavli Institute is directed by Prof. May-Britt Moser and Prof. Edvard Moser, Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine in 2014. The institute offers a multidisciplinary environment in which creativity and scientific discussion are valued and stimulated. See for further information.

The position is available in the Yaksi group, under the supervision of Nathalie Jurisch-Yaksi. Our laboratory consists of an international team of enthusiastic biologists, medical doctors and engineers. Our main scientific goal is to understand the fundamental principles underlying the function and development of neural circuits in health and disease. In order to achieve this aim, we use zebrafish as model system. See for further information.

Project description:

We are searching for a highly motivated PhD student whose main goal will be to unravel the function of motile-cilia-generated flow in the nervous system of zebrafish larvae. The PhD student will use a wide range of microscopy, computational, fluid dynamics and biophysical approaches to characterize ciliary beating and flow in vivoand in brain explants. In addition, the candidate will use genetic, optogenetic and pharmacological approaches to monitor and manipulate ciliary beating in vivo and identify the consequences of impaired ciliary beating on brain function.


  • Master’s degree in Neuroscience, with an average grade of B or higher (A to E grading system; A highest)
  • Prior research experience on neuroscience and cell biology is required
  • Technical skills including the use of zebrafish as animal model, microscopy techniques (confocal and 2photon microscopy), and programming skills in Matlab are required
  • Felasa C certification
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English and excellent communication skills, oral and written
  • Strong motivation for the position, and proven ability to work independently as well as in a scientific team

Emphasis will be placed on:

  • Technical skills in molecular biology, immunostaining and genetics will be advantageous
  • Prior experience in cilia biology and fluid dynamics is beneficial

We offer:

  • Challenging and exciting work with access to state-of-the-art technologies
  • A good working environment
  • Excellent chances for scientific and personal development in collaboration with skilled co-workers across the Kavli institute
  • Affiliation to the Norwegian Research School in Neuroscience
  • Good pension, insurance and loan schemes through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

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 this page. 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 attachments.

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:

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Science 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 within the deadline of 02.11.2017.

For further information about the position, contact:


For further information about the application process, contact:

HR Consultant Sissel Sollien, mobile 48 05 11 91,

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