Postdoc Position in Bioinformatic Analysis of Neural Development in Nematostella - 17/12278

University of Bergen
October 04 2017
Life Sciences, Biology
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

There is a vacancy for a 2 year Research Fellow position (postdoctoral level) at the Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology ( in the research group headed by Dr. Fabian Rentzsch. The position is funded on a TOPPFORSK grant from the Norwegian Research Council, and is available from January 2018. The Sars Centre belongs to the University of Bergen, and is partner of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) The place of work will be at the Sars Centre.


About the project/work tasks:

The research group, headed by Fabian Rentzsch, studies neurogenesis in the cnidarian Nematostella vectensis with the aim to understand cellular, molecular and evolutionary aspects of nervous system development (see Richards and Rentzsch, Development, 2014 and 2015). The main task for this position is the computational analysis of single cell RNA sequencing data with the aim to understand the transcriptional changes that control the development of neural progenitor cells into differentiated neurons. If desired, contribution to the experimental validation of the computational analyses is possible in collaboration with a postdoc. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the further development of the project in line with his/her interests.


Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within informatics or molecular biology or must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.

  • Experience in the analysis of high-throughput sequencing data and a strong interest in gene regulatory networks, developmental biology or stem cell biology is required.

  • Ability to work both independently and in close collaboration with others in a structured manner.

  • Personal communication skills to interact with the scientific environment are required.

  • Proficiency in both written and oral English

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