Lab manager in the van Giesen lab

Norwegian University of Science and Technology
February 17, 2023
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The Department of Biology has a temporary position as a chief engineer:

Lab manager in the van Giesen lab This is NTNU

NTNU is a broad-based university with a technical-scientific profile and a focus in professional education. The university is located in three cities with headquarters in Trondheim.

At NTNU, 9,000 employees and 44,000 students work to create knowledge for a better world.

About the job

With our lab growing, we are looking for a motivated, organized, and resourceful lab manager. The mission of the lab manager will be to ensure the smooth operation of the lab. A fraction of the lab manager's time may be to assist on research projects. The candidate will be able to learn new skills and be part of an enjoyable workplace.

The Lab is part of the Animal Physiology Section in the Department of Biology (https: // www. in the Group of Lena van Giesen (https: //

The position is a temporary position where the main goal is to assist members of the group to have a smooth scientific environment. The position is connected to a project analyzing marine invertebrate sensory biology with a focus on the cold-water coral species "Lophelia pertusa". The project is funded by the EU (through an ERC starter grant). The position is for two years, and you will report to Lena van Giesen (Associate Professor).

This project will investigate how coral larvae recognize suitable habitats and decide about a permanent settlement side. We aim to study the underlying sensory system, how these are integrating and encoding external environmental signals and how this leads to behavioral output in the animal. The project will use a range of techniques centered around cellular physiology, behavior and molecular biology to address these questions. We also closely collaborate with other researchers to bring these aspects into an environmental context.

In the van Giesen lab we study sensory perception and processing in marine invertebrates. Navigating through a world full of complex information necessitates elaborate sensory organs that are capable of filtering and encoding relevant signals to guarantee the animals survival. These sensory cells and organs are the first connection between the outside world and the nervous system of the animal and are composed of complex cellular and molecular features that have evolved to suit the animal's unique behavior. We have an interest in cellular physiology , to understand how these cellular and molecular determinants evolved to enable organisms to sense and adapt to their specific niche in the environment. We use different methods to investigate these questions including behavior, anatomy, transcriptomics and electrophysiology with a focus on marine invertebrates, such as corals and Cephalopods.

The successful candidate will work in a highly collaborative environment on different aspects of cellular, molecular, and behavioral aspects of sensory perception in marine invertebrates and should have a general interest in cellular physiology, protein biochemistry and behavioral analysis.

Duties of the position
  • Order reagents and capital equipment
  • Responsible for laboratory inventory and organization
  • Maintain equipment and coordinate repairs
  • Reconcile purchases from credit cards and travel expenses
  • Manage our Protocols (Conception of and draft standard operating procedures)
  • Prepare aliquots of commonly used reagents and media
  • Train new lab members
  • Assist selected research projects
  • Required selection criteria
  • Minimum Master's degree in Biology, chemistry, or related field
  • Experience in the Lab (minimum one year of Labexperience)
  • You must be able to communicate well in English
  • Preferred selection criteria
  • Experience with Biochemistry or Molecular Biology
  • Understanding of the value of working with rare and protected species
  • Passion for science and science communication
  • Experience with student supervision.
  • Personal characteristics

    To do well in this job you would need to work independently, in a structured manner and in collaboration with others. To do this we belive that you have the following personal characteristics:

  • have enthusiasm for scientific research and lab work
  • are self-motivated and independent
  • are a good team player and have collaborative skills
  • are solution oriented
  • are reliable and dependable
  • We offer
  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits
  • Salary and conditions

    The position will be placed as a head engineer (code 1087), and you will be remunerated according to the Basic Agreement for the Civil Service, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

    The employment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria's in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

    The period of employment is 2 years, with some potential for an extension depending on available funding.

    It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

    About the application

    The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

    Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

    The application must contain:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's (and degrees if applicable)
  • A motivation letter
  • Name and address of three referees
  • List of publications or other relevant research work
  • If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

    In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement

    General information

    NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway's culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking institutions and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and cultural background.

    The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

    As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

    A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

    If you have any questions about the position, please contact please contact Lena van Giesen, email: [email protected] If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Ranveig Nerhoel, e-mail: [email protected]

    If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.

    Application deadline: 17th of February 2023

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