Two vacant positions as Postdoctoral research fellows at the Department of Physical Performance, The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences

The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NSSS) is a specialized university with a national responsibility to provide higher education, scientific research and dissemination of knowledge in specialist areas of Sport Sciences and Physical Education. NSSS was established in 1968 and has today approximately 220 staff members and 1.500 students. A wide range of national and international R&D activities are currently in progress in a number of sports and human movement fields. For more information on NSSS, visit

musclesPostdoctoral research fellows’ positions

There are two vacant positions as Postdoctoral research fellows at the Department of Physical Performance, The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. Both positions will be connected to muscle physiology with the main focus of one of the positions on muscle metabolism with biochemical techniques and the other on adaptation to exercise with immunohistochemical techniques.

The main purpose of postdoctoral research fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in tenured academic positions within their field. The postdoctoral fellowship period is 3 years.

The Department of Physical Performance

The department’s core focus in both education and research is “Physical performance, determining factors and effect of physical training”. Physical performance refers to the individual’s physical ability to perform in sports as well as in everyday life. The focus of our research is various societal groups, from professional athletes to patients with clearly reduced performance levels.

Specialist tasks and areas of responsibility

The postdoctoral fellowships include responsibility for strengthening the research in muscle physiology and muscle metabolism at our department and to assist supervision and laboratory training of master and PhD students. The applicants are therefore required to have research background and training in muscle physiology. For one of the positions, the applicant will have a special responsibility to perform research focusing on skeletal muscle metabolism and develop and sustain biochemical and molecular methodologies (Position 1). For the other position, the applicant will have a special responsibility to perform research focusing on skeletal muscle adaptation to training and develop and sustain immunohistochemical methodologies on muscle tissue (muscle cross sections, single muscle fibres etc.) (Position 2).

Competence requirements

Candidates must hold a PhD in exercise physiology science or a related field (those with a submitted PhD thesis may be considered). Furthermore, they must have

  • Strong laboratory experience
  • Experience from analyses on muscle tissue
  • Publications in high impact journals
  • For Position 1: Experience from biochemical and molecular methods and good knowledge in metabolic regulation.
  • For Position 2: Documented experience with immunohistochemical methods on muscle tissue.

In addition, the following will be evaluated

  • Quality, quantity and relevance of scientific publications
  • Personal suitability including excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively in a team as well as the ability to independent academic work.

Other requirements

  • The application must be written in English.
  • While no requirement, knowledge of a Scandinavian language is appreciated.
  • Selected candidates will be interviewed and if relevant asked to give an introductory lecture based on their research.
  • Please notify if you apply for Position 1 or Position 2.

Working conditions

Salary and other terms of employment are offered according to the Norwegian State pay scale, employment code 1352, post-doctoral research fellow. The appointment will be made according to the terms that apply to civil servants. The NSSS is member of the State Pension Fund.

The successful applicant’s daily workplace will be at NSSS and he/she will become a member of Department of Physical Performance and be connected to the research group of Professor Jørgen Jensen (Position 1) and Professor Truls Raastad (Position 2)

The public workforce must reflect the diversity of the Norwegian population to the greatest possible extent. NSSS personnel policy objective is to achieve a balanced age and gender mix.


Further information concerning the position can be obtained from:

  • Position 1: Professor Jørgen Jensen ( or phone +47 2326 2249)
  • Position 2: Professor Truls Raastad ( or phone +47 2326 2328)
  • Both positions: Head of Department Professor Jostein Hallén (
  • Questions regarding the application process: HR Adviser Maren Retterstøl Olaisen, Telephone: +47 23262059

Applications are accepted for the position on the NSSS website at the latest by October 5th 2014.

The application must include

  • Application letter
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work – scientific publications)
  • Copies of educational certificates and grades
  • Names, email and telephone number of 2-3 referees (describe relation to applicant)
  • A List of scientific publications

The application with attachments must be submitted to our electronic recruitment system EasyCruit. Applications should be a single pdf file that includes all of these items. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. All documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

The main purpose of postdoctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines. No one can be appointed for more than one specified period as a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution.

In accordance with The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences`equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.

The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results and intellectual property.

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