Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Cancer Biomarkers (CCBIO)

Postdoctoral Fellow position

At the Norwegian Centre of Excellence, Centre for Cancer Biomarkers CCBIO at the Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Bergen, a (100%) temporary position as Postdoctoral Fellow is available for a period of three (3) years.The position is financed by the University of Bergen.


CCBIO is directed by Professor Lars A. Akslen and is working on biomarkers in order to attain a better understanding of malignant tumors and more precise cancer treatment. The researchers have a special focus on mechanisms and biomarkers related to tumor growth and tumor-microenvironment interactions and the impact this has upon metastasis and poor prognosis. The research activity is organized in four programs: basic studies and animal models (Program 1), discovery and validation of new biomarkers (Program 2), clinical studies (Program 3), and studies on ethics, economics and priorities (Program 4). CCBIO has a strong international profile and collaborators worldwide.

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About the project/work tasks:

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be part of Program 2 in the project ”Protein Biomarkers and Novel Targets in Aggressive Breast Cancer”. The aim is to identify new biomarkers that reflect the micro-environmental complexity of human breast cancers, the interaction between cancer cells and the microenvironment, and how this influences aggressive tumor features and patient prognosis. The position will focus upon integrated protein studies by using proteomic profiling, imaging mass cytometry and immunohistochemistry of human tissue samples and relevant cell line panels.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent from a relevant field of research or have the doctoral thesis submitted and approved prior to the  application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.
  • Applicants must have a strong background within cancer biology or other cancer relevant medical fields.
  • Experience with modern molecular and morphological methods, e.g. proteomics, imaging mass cytometry, microarray studies, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization and tissue microdissection, is desirable.
  • Experience with PCR techniques, Western Blot, ELISA, cell line work and bioinformatics tools would be an advantage.
  • Applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English.
  • Emphasis will be put upon personal abilities. Applicants with documented ability to work independently, cooperate well, exhibit a high level of motivation and responsibility and have high working capacity and enthusiasm for scientific work will be preferred.
  • Applicants must not be allergic towards animals and must be willing to work with animals used for animal experiments

About the position of postdoctoral fellow:

In general, the purpose of postdoctoral positions at the University of Bergen is the building of competence by means of further development of research work to a higher level than what is possible within an ordinary PhD program. The main goals of the positions are to qualify the successful candidate for professional top positions.

It is a goal that the employment period is carried out as a continuous research program. Hence, leaves of absence for other purposes than those laid down by law are normally not granted.

Applicants shall, once employed, put forward a proposal for a project for qualifying work. The proposal shall include a work plan. It is a condition that the successful candidate completes the project during the employment period.

The employee may be assigned up to 25% required duties in the form og teaching and similar work at the department.

Postdoctoral fellowships are fixed term positions. You can not be employed as a postdoctoral fellow for more than one fixed term period at the same institution. Also, you cannot be employed in a postdoctoral position if you have previously held this type of position at a different institution in the region.

The fixed term period for the position is three years, with the possibility for an extension of the period up to one years if a research-related stay abroad shall be included in the employment period.

We can offer:

  • Exciting development opportunities as part of your role in a strong professional environment
  • Salary level 59 (code 1352/pay framework 24.3) at present NOK 515 200 gross p.a., with a degree in Medicine level 61 (code 1352/pay framework 24.5) at present NOK 534 100 gross p.a., with a medical specialization level 63 (code 1352/pay framework 24.7) at present NOK 555 100 gross p.a. on the government salary scale. Further promotion will be after service seniority in the position.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include:

Send your CV and application with attachments electronically via “Jobbnorge” by clicking on the button marked “apply for this job”.

The application must contain:

  • a brief letter of application stating your motivation for the position and why you are applying
  • witnessed copies of diplomas and relevant certificates (applicants with education from other countries than Norway must enclose witnessed diplomas in both the original language and authorized translations) documentation of approved thesis
  • complete list of publications
  • publications (pdf) it is important that each of the scholarly works on which the committee should place special emphasis, is attached in its entirety
  • two referees (name and contact information)

Please notice that the applications will be assessed only with the information available in “Jobbnorge” when the deadline expires.

General information:

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Lars A. Akslen, phone: + 47 55 97 31 82 / +47 55 97 31 73, or e-mail:

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

Further information about our employment process can be found here.

About The University of Bergen (UiB) 

The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad. 


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Post expires on Monday April 15th, 2019