Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Call for researchers interested in a MSCA Individual Fellowship in bioinformatics

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    28/04/2019 15:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Norway, Bergen
    Haukeland university hospital, Norway

Haukeland University Hospital (HUH) in Bergen, Norway is looking to recruit and support excellent junior scientists from outside Norway who plan to submit applications for independent research fellowships through the mobility program Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship (MSCA-IF). The call is aimed at talented, young researchers within the field of bioinformatics (more information under “Who should apply”).

We invite prospective candidates who envisage HUH as their host institution to be part of our application support program:

Prospective research fellows will be selected by HUH supervisors and invited to Bergen for a MSCA-IF application writing workshop on June 3-5, 2019, free of charge.

HUH will reimburse all travel and accommodation costs for the participants.

After the workshop, the candidates will get further support in the application process by experienced advisors until the submission deadline on the 12th of September 2019.

How can a MSCA IF at HUH enhance your research career?

Who should apply?

MSCA IF eligibility criteria

How to apply?

How can a MSCA IF at HUH enhance your research career?

Haukeland University Hospital has a high international profile with close collaboration and shared infrastructure with the University of Bergen. With a MSCA fellowship at HUH, you will develop research experience and autonomy, hone your professional skills and grow your international profile and network. You will also live in a charming, vibrant and international city and benefit from the advantageous working conditions enjoyed in Norway.

HUH offers:

  • An excellent research environment with dedicated top researchers
  • An excellent assemblage of state-of-the-art research infrastructure
  • An attractive remuneration package including top-up funding to ensure Norwegian standard salary for postdocs (> the EC contribution). (Yearly salary from 520 000 kr before taxes).
  • Free courses in transferable skills
  • Free assistance from the Bergen Technology Transfer office (BTO)
  • Flexible working time
  • Attractive welfare schemes
  • Norway provides attractive conditions for families including affordable kindergartens, free school for children from 6 years and above (in State or Communal schools) and the facilitation of social integration of foreigners from early childhood.

Who should apply?

We are looking for ambitious, creative and scientifically curious early career researchers who meet the eligibility criteria for the MSCA IF program. You must have a strong track record commensurate to your experience; a clear idea of what you will achieve during your fellowship and how you will succeed; and a reflexive understanding of your career development needs.

In this call, we search for talented, young researchers within the field of bioinformatics as presented by doctor and associated professor Rune Nielsen and professor Tomas Eagan:

Bioinformatic strategies in marker gene analyses of low-biomass samples.

The pathogenesis of inflammatory mediated lung and airways diseases such as sarcoidosis, asthma and COPD remain elusive for a large number of patients. The microbiome revolution has led to significant insights in other fields of medicine, but in respiratory research we still struggle with analytic strategies for hard-to-get, low-biomass airway samples.

The Bergen Respiratory Research Cluster have sampled airways and lungs of patients with sarcoidosis, asthma and COPD in two of the largest single-site lung microbiome studies in the world (MicroCOPD and MicroILD). These studies carry with them an unprecedented amount of metadata, including lung function measurements, blood samples, CT coronary angiography, HRCT of the lungs and more. Currently, six PhD students, one post-doc and two professors are involved in ongoing analyses of these projects. The applicant will work autonomously with his/her own project in addition to rich opportunities for collaboration and student supervision within the group.


Bioinformatics: PhD or equivalent

Experience with marker gene analyses of the microbiome.


MSCA IF eligibility criteria:

  • The program is open for all academic disciplines.
  • A researcher can move to a country that is a member of the European Union or an associated country to conduct research for up to 24 months.
  • Before applying, the researcher should have a PhD-degree or 4 years of research experience after attained master's degree and there is no upper age limit after achieving the PhD-degree.
  • The researcher cannot have been living or have had his main occupation in the country of the host institution (Norway) for more than 12 months within the last 3 years counting from the time of application. The researcher can come from anywhere in the world.
  • The 2019th call is not open yet, but it will be very similar to the last call: here

How to apply?

Applications should include the following:

Cover letter outlining your eligibility and motivation for applying (max 1 side A4)

Short summary of the proposed project (max 1 page)

CV (max 2 pages plus a list of publications and full contact details)

Please send the application documents to forskning@helse-bergen.no

Application deadline: 17th February 2019.

The supervisors will conduct skype interviews and notify selected candidates by mid-March 2019.

For more information, please contact: forskning@helse-bergen.no


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