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Postdoctoral Fellow in Cell Biology - Oslo, Norway

Your main research responsibilities will be involved in a project “Nano-structured bone graft substitute (NanoScaff)” which is funded by RCN grant no. 228415. The aim of the project is to enhance the mechanical and osteogenic properties of ceramic TiO2 bone scaffolds previously developed by BIOMAT and Corticalis AS. The main objective is to create a nanostructured surface which allows the anchorage of bioactive molecules on to the scaffold surface to induce enhanced bone response. Therefore, it will be important to identify the optimal combination of surface properties and biomolecular modifications to provide optimal environment for bone growth and implant integration within the host tissues.
Responsibilities
We are looking for excellent postdoctoral researchers with interest in experimental studies of cell-material interactions. In particular we are currently recruiting persons with experience in
• in vitro culturing of bone cells
• Imaging, confocal microscopy in particular
• Experience with qRT-PCR and immunoassays
Note, that a strong cell biology background is required if you have the second set of skills. You are expected to be involved in all parts of the project, such as: experimental design, sample design and preparation, data acquisition and analysis, publications and grant applications. Co-supervision of Ph.D. students and M.Sc. thesis students as well as attending international conferences and meetings is required.

Qualification requirements
To qualify for this fellowship you must have completed, or are in the process of completing, a Ph.D. in cell biology or biochemistry, or equivalent. You should have documented experience in most of the areas described by the bullet points above. The abilities to communicate in English and to work independently are important. Good team working skills are essential for this position. Candidates with well-established international research network will be preferred.
We offer
• An exciting research environment with a multidisciplinary profile, multicultural working environment and excellent opportunities for academic development
• Pay Grade: LTR 57-65 from NOK 473 400 to NOK 548 700, depending on qualifications and seniority
• Favourable pension arrangements
• Attractive welfare arrangements

Further information about the position
Do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to request further information about the position: Prof Håvard J Haugen, phone +47 91641610, e-mail: haugen@corticalis.com, webpage: www.biomaterials.no and www.corticalis.com
The salary will be a Post Doc grant limited to two years full time. The work will be conducted at Department of Biomaterials, University of Oslo. Applications will be reviewed continuously until to the specified application deadline. The appointment will be made once a suitable candidate is identified. Earliest starting date is May 1st 2014.

Application
Your application should be upload on https://nettskjema.uio.no/answer/post-doc-bio.html
and should contain
• Cover letter
• CV with list of publications
• 2 letters of recommendation
• 2 additional references, with address, telephone number, email and relationship stated
• Documentation of English Proficiency http://www.mn.uio.no/english/research/doctoral-degree-and-career/regulations/proficiency-requirements.html

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