Postdoc Position Examining Consequences of Cardiac Morphological Deviations in Atlantic Salmon

    A postdoc position dedicated to elucidating the consequences of deviating heart morphology in farmed Atlantic salmon is available from winter 2023/2024 at Oslo University Hospital Ullevål, Norway.

    We are looking for highly motivated applicants holding or soon to complete a PhD or equivalent in physiology, comparative biology, veterinary medicine, or related fields.

    Job duration: 3 years with possibility for extension. Annual salary between 584.500-667.700NOK (50.960-58.100EUR).

    Institute description
    Oslo University Hospital (OUS) is the largest hospital in Norway with 24 000 employees. With its broad range of medical disciplines and internationally recognized scientists, OUS is an important contributor to research and education in Norway.

    The Institute for Experimental Medical Research (IEMR) employs 60 people and consists of seven main research groups with backgrounds in various fields of molecular biology, physiology and cardiology. See for more information about IEMR.

    Oslo University Hospital is a workplace with great diversity. We believe this is essential to perform the tasks required of us. Therefore, we pursue diversity among our job applicants and encourage everyone to apply regardless of who you are and what background you have.
    Work tasks
    More about the position:
    Applications are invited for a 3-year postdoc position examining cardiac physiology in Atlantic salmon to be based at the Institute for Experimental Medical Research (IEMR), Oslo University Hospital Ullevål. Funding is provided from FHF – The Norwegian Seafood Research Fund. The project will be conducted in the group of William Louch and lead by Michael Frisk (contact information Michael Frisk, email:

    Project description:

    Cardiac morphological deviations are a prevalent phenomenon in Atlantic salmon (S. salar) aquaculture facilities. The causes and consequences of deviating heart morphology are still largely unknown, although both preliminary and published data indicate that the condition is detrimental for fish welfare and health. Increased prevalence of cardiac remodeling also coincides with amplified occurrence of fatal cardiac diseases, such as cardiomyopathy syndrome, pancreatic disease, and heart and skeletal muscle inflammation. The current project aims to elucidate the causes and consequences of these alterations in farmed salmon hearts, and understand how they are related to human cardiac disease mechanisms. A detailed project description is available here:

    The successful candidate will take part in and be partly responsible for fieldwork and experimental studies alike. The project will apply advanced techniques from human medicine including ultrasound, MRI, microscopy, and homeostatic measurements to assess cardiac function and provide key mechanistic insight into morphological changes across a range of life stages.
    The interdisciplinary approach of the project, spanning human and piscine medicine, is expected to qualify the successful applicant for a range of higher academic positions.

    We ask all applicants to respond to the qualification requirements. We will not consider applications lacking this information.

    We are looking for talented and highly motivated candidates of all nationalities who have experience in fish physiology and/or cardiovascular research.
    The applicant is expected to hold, or soon to complete a PhD degree (or equivalent) in physiology, comparative biology, veterinary medicine, or related fields.
    The working language is English, and excellent knowledge of spoken and written English is required.
    Value will be placed on compatibility of the applicant’s professional and personal disposition, with strengths in:

    Systematic approach
    Analysis and assessment
    Initiative and accountability
    Constructive cooperation
    Personal characteristics/skills
    Desirable qualifications and experience:

    Genuine interest in research
    Dedicated and responsible
    Ability to work independently and in an interdisciplinary environment
    Experience with different imaging modalities such as microscopy, ultrasound, and/or MRI
    Experience with bioinformatic analyses
    Experience with fieldwork
    Driving license
    We offer
    A stimulating, challenging, and friendly international working environment with broad expertise.
    Annual salary between 584.500-667.700NOK (50.960-58.100EUR) depending on qualifications.
    Attractive welfare benefits and Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities.
    Skilful, experienced, creative, and friendly research colleagues.

    How to apply:

    The application must include
    Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
    CV (summarizing education, positions, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
    Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
    A complete list of publications
    List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

    The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system (Webcruiter). The attachments should be in pdf-format.

    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).

    In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications in regards to the project description, and the candidate’s motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

    It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to publish several scientific articles in the course of employment.

    Om arbeidsgiveren
    Developing tomorrow's treatment - together with the patient.

    Oslo University Hospital with 25 000 employees is a learning and forward-thinking organization. We have a leading role in the development of research and innovation, as well as the development of tomorrow's healthcare, precision medicine and treatment. Here you will find some of Norway's leading experts in their fields, and be part of the largest health care workplace in the country. Our work environment is characterized by openness and respect. Regardless of educational background or experience, you will have the opportunity to develop and use your expertise in a place where it really matters.

    PostDoc Jobs
    Search for PostDocs
    Advertise a PostDoc Jobs
    PostDoc Advice Forum

    FindAPostDoc. Copyright 2005-2023
    All rights reserved.