Phd-Norway: Ph.D. positions in Bioinformatics

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Two three-year PhD positions in bioinformatics are available at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Bergen. The place of employment will be at Unifob AS, Bergen Center for Computational Sciences (BCCS) within the Computational Biology Unit (CBU).

CBU has been established to conduct top-level European research in bioinformatics, and to serve functional genomics research in Norway with relevant training and services. In this capacity, CBU is host for the bioinformatics technology platform for the national functional genomics programme (FUGE) in Norway.

CBU is part of Bergen Center for Computational Science (BCCS) and located together with the Department for Informatics, the Molecular Biology Department and the Sars Centre for Marine Molecular Biology, a partner of EMBL. BCCS owns and operates large scale computing facilities that provide an excellent computational environment.

The group of Boris Lenhard at CBU ( is searching for two PhD students. The group focuses on bioinformatics of gene regulation, and is committed to devising new computational approaches to elucidation of genomic regulatory elements and gene regulatory networks in higher eukaryotes. Members of the group actively participate in the work of some of the leading international consortia for genomics research, and have a worldwide network of collaborators. The group has a joint affiliation between CBU (BCCS) and Sars Centre for Marine Molecular Biology.


Recruited PhD students will do research on one of the two topics the group is currently focusing on: 1) bioinformatics and systems biology of gene regulation in animal development, and 2) computational genomics of non-coding RNA and its regulation. The detailed research plan for each of the topics will be tailored to the background and the interests of the students. As part of their training, the students will be enrolled in the Molecular and Computational Biology (MCB) Research School at the University of Bergen.

The research area in question is highly competitive and requires high level of dedication and work ethics. Candidates should be able to work both independently and as part of a team, as well as be strongly motivated to pursue an academic career. They should hold a MSc or equivalent academic degree, have a solid grasp of general concepts of molecular biology and genomics. They should possess strong quantitative skills and be highly proficient in at least one major programming language. Previous experience in bioinformatics or applied statistics is a strong plus.

The CBU and its partners currently have bioinformatics research activities in the fields of gene regulation, phylogeny/adaptive evolution, protein domain analysis and functional annotation, microarray bioinformatics, alternative splicing, proteomics, and protein structure analysis. There are excellent opportunities for collaboration with the molecular biology and biomedical research groups in Bergen.

Women in particular are invited to apply. If, in the opinion of the evaluation committee, several applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules on equal opportunities laid down in the Personnel Regulations for Academic Positions will be applied.

Salary will be paid in accordance with level 39 on the government salary scale. Payment may be regulated on basis of seniority according to the public wage scale.

The University of Bergen implies the principles of public access to information in connection with appointments to academic positions. The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.

For more information about CBU and BCCS, please refer to

Applications containing

    * a letter of motivation with statement of research interests,
    * curriculum vitae,
    * copies of relevant university-level diplomas with grade transcripts,
    * names and contact information of 2-4 references

can be sent by e-mail to HR Manager Hilde Sølvberg ( and to Group Leader Boris Lenhard (

The deadline for the submission of applications is April 27, 2007.


Hilde Sølvberg

Thormohlensgt. 55

Bergen, Norway 5008

Phone: +4755584316

Fax: +4755584295

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