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PhD Fellowship position in Glycomics in Dry Eye Disease

Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway's third largest university with almost 22,000 students and over 2,500 employees. We have campuses in central Oslo and at Romerike. OsloMet educates students and conducts research that contributes to the sustainability of the Norwegian welfare state and the metropolitan region.

The Faculty of Health Sciences consists of five departments and offers study programmes on all levels, including PhD. The faculty has about 6000 students and nearly 600 members of staff.

At the Faculty of Health Science, Department of Life Sciences and Health there is an available position as a PhD fellow to identify pathological molecular alterations in dry eye disease patients. The position has a duration of three years, and the desired start date is 01.01.25.

The project is a cross-interdisciplinary research collaboration in glycomics between OsloMet and the Department of Ophthalmology at Oslo University Hospital. The aim is to use glycomics to study the defective mucus barrier in the tear fluid of the patients.

Area of research

Dry eye disease is a highly prevalent condition affecting around 10% of the adult population in Northern Europe. Despite this large incidence, a cure of the disease, or effective long-term treatments are scant. Due to this substantial unmet need, there has been a growing interest in research into the pathophysiology of dry eye disease. Ocular surface mucins with their exceptional hygroscopic properties are heavily glycosylated glycoproteins. In the tear film, the mucins provide lubrication and protection of the ocular surface. Research into the mucin composition of healthy and diseased tears will have a substantial impact on how we treat this disease in the future.

As a PhD candidate at OsloMet, you will be eligible to apply for a stipend for extended international research secondment.

Qualification requirements and conditions

General criteria for appointment to academic positions are covered by the Regulations relating to terms and conditions of employment.

Desired qualifications

Personal qualities

Personal suitability will be emphasized.

It is important to OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavours to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to make adaptations to the workplace where required. You are welcome to apply for a position with us if you have had periods where you have not been in employment or education/training.

We can offer you

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The position is remunerated in accordance with the main collective agreements in the state and OsloMet's salary policy, in position code 1017 as a research fellow, pay grade 54, NOK 532,200 per year.

Application process

If you wish to apply for the position, you must do so electronically through our recruitment system. By the application deadline, you must upload the following documents:

We only process applications sent via our electronic recruitment system, and all documents must be uploaded for your application to be considered. The documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language. Translations must be authorized. You must present the originals at a potential interview. OsloMet conducts document verification to ensure a genuine evaluation and fair competition. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The employment will be carried out in accordance with the principles of the Civil Servants Act ( and legislation regulating the export of knowledge, technology, and services. A background check may be conducted to verify the information provided in the CV and available documents. Background checks are not conducted without the applicant's consent, and relevant applicants will receive further information about this.

OsloMet has endorsed the principles of the DORA declaration and committed the institution to follow its recommendations.

Other information

For more information about the position, contact:

Application deadline: August 11, 2024 Ref: 24/19272

OsloMet is a Charter & Code certified institution by the EU Commission holding the right to use the logo HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R). OsloMet is a member of the EURAXESS network supporting a positive work environment for researchers in motion.

OsloMet has signed The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). DORA recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who are seen to be in conflict with the criteria in the latter law will not be considered for the position.

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