Job ID: 80928

PhD position in Neuroscience

Position: Ph.D. Student

Deadline: 18 May 2022

Employment Start Date: 1 September 2022

Contract Length: 3 years with possible extension.

City: Oslo

Country: Norway

Institution: University of Oslo

Department: Institute for Basic Medical Sciences


We invite applications for a 3-year PhD position in Neuroscience at the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo. The position is available in the group of Associate Professor Koen Vervaeke:

We are searching for highly motivated candidates with a strong interest in neuroscience. The lab is interested in determining the functions of the neocortex and how different types of neurons contribute to forming new memories. In the lab, we use state of the art in-vivo two-photon imaging and electrophysiology to record neuronal activity in trained rodents and use optogenetics to manipulate neural activity. Do you enjoy working in an international environment trying to tackle mysteries of the brain with the support of experts around you? Then this job may be for you.

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree (120 ECTs) in neuroscience, biology, medicine, computer science, physics or engineering. Minimum grade B (ECTS grading scale). The Master’s degree must include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS. Students finishing their thesis this semester (in the next 2 months) can also apply but must indicate the time line for obtaining their Master’s degree.
  • Highly motivated, self-driven students are encouraged to apply. Ideally, the applicants have basic experience with some of the following disciplines: Electrophysiology, microscopy, optogenetics or computational neuroscience.
  • The candidates should be handy and be comfortable working with rodents. We emphasise experience with programming and data analysis (e.g. using Matlab/Python), being a critical thinker, and being a team player.
  • The candidate should be able to work independently and structured while engaging in close collaborations.
  • In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the relevance of the candidate’s background.
  • A good command of English is required.

We offer

  • A collaborative and friendly working environment
  • Salary NOK 491 200 – 534 400 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow (position code 1017)
  • Favourable pension arrangements
  • Attractive welfare benefits

How to apply

The application must include

  • A one-page statement of motivation, research interests and a brief description of previous relevant experience.
  • CV
  • Copies of educational certificates
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
  • Optional: letters of recommendation.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link: Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. Applicants may be called in for an interview.

The applicant must, in collaboration with her/his supervisor, within three months after employment, have worked out a complete project description to be attached to the application for admission to the doctoral program. For more information, please see: Application and admission – PhD

The starting date is flexible with the latest starting date being the 1st of September 2022. Please contact Koen Vervaeke ( for more information.