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The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cheminformatics

At the Department of Chemistry there is a vacancy for a postdoctoral research fellow position within the field of cheminformatics. The position is for a fixed term of 4 years and is part of a research project on the development of in silico methods for the simulation of xenobiotic metabolism.


About the project/work tasks

Understanding the metabolic fate of xenobiotics is of high importance to the design of safe and efficacious drugs, agrochemicals and cosmetics. The aim of this project is to develop innovative computational methods for the simulation of the xenobiotic metabolism. This simulation includes the prediction and assessment of the interaction of xenobiotics with metabolizing enzymes, their metabolic stability and the pharmacological and toxicological relevance of their metabolites. The candidate will be the main driver of this project and co-supervise PhD and graduate students working on individual components.


Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within cheminformatics, bioinformatics, computational biology, medicinal chemistry, computer science or similar, or must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.
  • Applicants must have experience in cheminformatics/computational biology/bioinformatics methodologies.
  • Knowledge of chemistry is required
  • Knowledge of metabolism is an advantage.
  • Experience in programming with Python is required and with additional programming languages is an advantage.
  • Knowledge in machine learning is an advantage.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others.
  • Applicants must have excellent skills in oral and written English. 

Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Research experience, ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.


About the position of postdoctoral research fellow:

The postdoctoral position is a fixed term position with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions. Up to 25 % of the position will be comprised of mandatory work, primarily teaching at the Department of Chemistry. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution.


Upon appointment, applicants must submit a project proposal for the qualifying work including a progress plan. It is a requirement that the project is completed in the course of the period of employment.


We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment

  • Salary at pay grade 59 (code 1352 / pay range 24) according to the state salary scale upon appointment. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 508 800 (the salary in the public sector is currently being reviewed). Further promotions are made according to length of service.

  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IW)

  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include:

  • A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.

  • The names and contact information for two referees. One of these should be the main advisor from the PhD programme.

  • CV

  • Transcripts and diplomas and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted

  • Relevant certificates/references

  • List of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)

  • Publications (as applicable)

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at JobbNorge


General information:

For further information please contact:

Associate Professor Johannes Kirchmair, e-mail: Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!

Head of Department Knut Børve, e-mail: Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!


The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.


Upon the expiry of the closing date for applications, an evaluation committee will be appointed. As an applicant, you have a right of access to the committee’s description of your formal and professional qualifications. If you wish to take advantage of this right of access, please contact the executive officer in charge after receiving information about the appointment of the evaluation committee.


The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.


Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.


Deadline: Thursday, July 12, 2018


Further information about our employment process can be found here.