15/01/2019
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Call for researchers interested in a MSCA Individual Fellowship in intestinal pathogens microbiology and host immune responses


  • OFFER DEADLINE
    16/03/2019 21:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • LOCATION
    Norway, Bergen
  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    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 medical neuroimaging/biological psychiatry (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 intestinal pathogens microbiology and host immune responses as presented by Associate Professor Kurt Hanevik and Professor Nina Langeland:

In our research group, we are examining several large cohorts of infants with diarrhea and controls from Tanzania and Ethiopia, as well as stool and blood samples from experimental human infections.

We are interested in the issue of interactions between pathogens, and between pathogens and the intestinal microbiota and host responses, as well as antimicrobial resistance in pathogens and commensals. Main pathogens of interest are Giardia lamblia, Cryptosporidium and Enterotoxic E. coli. We have many years of experience in conducting epidemiological studies, diagnostic studies, and regularly employ qPCR, ELISA, flow and mass cytometry in our research.

The research group has 13 active members including infectious disease specialists and microbiologists. We have considerable international collaboration with groups in Sweden, UK, Germany, USA, Tanzania and Ethiopia. The group is based at the Medical Department, Haukeland University Hospital and Department of Clinical Science, University of Bergen. Over the last years the group has secured funding from national and local research grants as well as from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Our group annually publishes 10-15 papers in international scientific journals, including major epidemiological and infectious diseases journals.

We seek a candidate who has experience and interest in multifactorial analysis of diarrheal diseases, examining both intestinal pathogens and host defence mechanisms.

Examples of projects:

Longitudinal profiling of inflammatory markers, and protective luminal factors in ETEC infection.

Mapping of markers for metronidazole resistance in Giardia infection using clinical samples and data.

Kurt Hanevik, https://www.uib.no/en/persons/Kurt.Hanevik

Nina Langeland, https://www.uib.no/en/persons/Nina.Langeland

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