PhD position in computational biology and genome regulation (fully funded)

University of Oslo
Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Job Type:
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PhD position in computational biology and genome regulation (fully funded)

In Norway, PhD students are treated as university employees and have regular work contracts. There is no tuition fee. The contract includes insurance, attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement. The starting salary is NOK 491 200 – 534 400 per year (equivalent to ~72,000 CAD, or ~50000 EUR per year).

More about the project: The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, or for a period of 4 years, with 25 % compulsory work (e.g. teaching responsibilities at the department) contingent on the qualifications of the candidate and the teaching needs of the department.

The successful candidate will work on development and use of computational tools for investigation of the evolutionary basis of gene regulatory and epigenetic mechanisms influenced by the three-dimensional (3D) organization of the genome.

The work will be carried out in a cross-disciplinary environment in close collaboration with molecular, evolutionary, and computational biologists, and bioinformaticians. The project will explore and model evolutionary conserved features and patterns in genome data generated locally or available in the public domain. There will be opportunities for the candidate to engage in design and implementation of experiments for gathering new data.

The candidate will also be affiliated with the UiO Centre for Bioinformatics (SBI) and is expected to draw on expertise from the combined research environment at IBV and SBI.

The candidate will be jointly supervised by professor Rein Aasland and Associate Professor Jonas Paulsen. The emphasis of the group is to understand the evolutionary basis of 3D genome regulation.




  • Master’s degree in evolutionary molecular biology, bioinformatics, computational biology, or a related field
  • Foreign completed degree (M.Sc.-level) corresponding to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system
  • Experience with (or interest in) generation and/or analysis of bioinformatical genome data sets, including data from high-throughput sequencing techniques
  • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills
  • Candidates without a Master’s degree have until 30 June, 2022 to complete the final exam.

The following qualifications will be considered desirable

  • Knowledge (or interest) in molecular/evolutionary biology and genome regulation
  • Proficiency in UNIX/Linux and Bash/Shell scripting
  • Experience with programming (preferably Python and/or C++)
  • Knowledge of statistical data analysis and/or machine learning, including the use of R