Interested in joining the BMC?
With its recognized and engaged faculty, BMC offers excellent opportunities for masters students, PhD fellows and postdoctoral fellows to participate in cutting-edge research.
Masters and PhD Projects
We are looking for a highly qualified, motivated and a hard-working PhD student to work on melanoma immune evasion at the University of Iceland. The project will be carried out under the supervision of Dr. Berglind Ósk Einarsdóttir, and professor Eirikur Steingrímsson which will be the supervising teacher. The student will belong to the Graduate Program in Molecular Life Sciences, a joint program between research groups at the University of Iceland and other research organizations and will therefore belong to a stimulating interdisciplinary educational program in the field of molecular life sciences.
Field of work
The project is within the field of immune-oncology and focuses on immune evasion of cutaneous melanoma. Cutting-edge technologies will be used to understand the pathways melanoma cells use to evade immune response and will involve generating melanoma tumor grafts in humanized mice, in vivo imaging of mouse models, generate genetically engineered cell lines, use of fresh melanoma tumor samples from melanoma patients, co-culture, single-cell RNA sequencing, and spatial transcriptomics.
The project will take place within a vibrant scientific environment within the Biomedical Center (BMC) at the University of Iceland. The BMC is an official collaboration between research groups working in biomedical molecular life sciences within the University of Iceland, the University Hospital, Reykjavik University and other research institutions in Iceland. It includes over 70 Principal Investigators and over hundred graduate students and postdocs. The graduate program will take place in Reykjavík, Iceland, which is a safe, beautiful and a fun place to live and work.
- Recent MSc degree in genetics, molecular biology, biomedical engineering, or related fields
- Laboratory experience in cellular and molecular biology
- Experience in working with mouse models is valuable
- Good computer and data analysis skills
- Proficiency in written and spoken English
- Independence and self-drive
- Ability to work in a team
Please include the following with the application:
- Description of how the applicants meet the requirements, their interests in the project and how they can contribute to the project (max 2 pages)
- Certificates of education (BSc and MSc degrees) and distribution of grades
- Reference letter from at least two previous supervisors/teachers (including information on their relationship to the applicant).
- Overview of publications, if any.
- Applicants are also invited to send PDF of MS thesis (in any language) and any other relevant publications if available (max 5 documents).
The salaries for the positions will be in accordance with the current collective wage and salary agreement between the trade union and the Minister of Finance.
Appointments to positions at the University of Iceland are made in consideration of the Equal Rights Policy of the University of Iceland.
The University of Iceland has a special Language Policy.
The University of Iceland is a growing community of knowledge and is a very dynamic and interesting workplace. Our values are academic freedom, professionalism and equality. The University strives to provide flexibility and encourages participation in the progression of the studies and research in all fields within the realm of the University.
Application deadline is 31.05.2022
For further information contact
Berglind Ósk Einarsdóttir
2. Laus staða doktorsnema á Tilraunstöð Háskóla Íslands í meinafræði að Keldum / PhD position available at the Institute for Experimental Pathology, University of Iceland, Keldur
Við erum að leita að áhugasömum og sjálfstæðum nema í doktorsverkefni á Tilraunastöð Háskóla Íslands í meinafræði að Keldum. Verkefnið er fjármagnað til þriggja ára með styrk frá Rannís. Á Keldum er að unnið að rannsóknum á dýraheilbrigði/dýrasjúkdómum. Nemandinn yrði skráður við Læknadeild HÍ sem er hluti af Lífvísindasetri og GPMLS (graduated program in molecular and life sciences).
Íslenskir hestar sem fluttir eru út eru í mikilli hættu á að fá sumarexem, en það er IgE miðlað ofnæmi gegn ofnæmisvökum (próteinum) úr biti Culicoides tegunda sem lifa ekki hér á landi. Sumarexem er hvimleitt og sársaukafullt fyrir hestana sem og að vera alvarlegt vandamál fyrir íslenskan hrossaútflutning. Verkefnið snýr að áframhaldandi rannsóknum á exeminu með áherslu á þróun meðferðar og virkni bóluefnis.
Nánari upplýsingar um rannsóknir á sumarexemi:
We are looking for a highly motivated and independent student for a PhD project at the Institute for Experimental Pathology, University of Iceland, Keldur. Funding for the project is secured for three years. The research focus at Keldur is on animal health and diseases. The student would be registered at the faculty of Medicine, which is part of Biomedical Center (BMC) and Graduated Program in Molecular and Life Sciences (GPMLS).
Icelandic horses that are exported are at high risk to develop insect bite hypersensitivity (IBH). IBH is IgE-mediated allergy against allergens (proteins) from the bite of Culicoides spp., not endemic in Iceland. IBH is a severe animal welfare issue and a problem for the Icelandic horse export industry. The project will be a continuation of our research on IBH with the focus on developing a treatment and analyzing the effect of the experimental vaccine.
For more information about our research:
Helstu verkefni og ábyrgð
Verkefnið verður unnið á Keldum undir leiðsögn dr. Sigríðar Jónsdóttur, dr. Sigurbjargar Þorsteinsdóttur og dr. Vilhjálms Svanssonar, og á Dýrasjúkdómadeild háskólans í Bern í Sviss undir leiðsögn prof. Eliane Marti. Samstarfsverkefni um sumarexem milli þessara tveggja stofnanna hefur staðið yfir í rúm 20 ár. Verið er að prófa bóluefni þar sem hestar voru bólusettir á Íslandi og fluttir til Sviss á Culicoides svæði til að athuga hvort tíðni sumarexems yrði lægri hjá þeim.
The project will be carried out at Keldur under the supervision of Dr. Sigríður Jónsdóttir, Dr. Sigurbjörg Þorsteinsdóttir and Dr. Vilhjálmur Svansson, and at the Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Berne, Switzerland under the supervision of Prof. Eliane Marti. The IBH project is a collaboration between Keldur and Vetsuisse, ongoing since the year 2000. We are currently testing our experimental vaccine in a challenge experiment. Horses were vaccinated in Iceland and exported to a Culicoides infested areas in Switzerland to test if they develop IBH in less frequency.
- Meistaragráða í lífvísindum (t.d. sameindalíffræði, lífefnafræði, ónæmisfræði), Dr. Med. Vet. eða skyldum greinum
- Reynsla af vinnu á rannsóknarstofu á ofangreindum sviðum
- Góð tölvukunnátta og úrvinnsla gagna
- Góð enskukunnátta
- Sjálfstæð vinnubrögð og góð samskiptahæfni
- Nemandinn þarf að uppfylla kröfur heilbrigðisvísindasviðs HÍ um doktorsnema
- Master's degree in molecular life sciences (molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology) or Dr. Med. Vet. or related fields
- Laboratory experience in molecular biology, biochemistry, or immunology
- Good computer and data analysis skills
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills in English
- Independence and good communication skills
- The applicant needs to fulfil the criteria for PhD students from the School of Health Sciences, University of Iceland.
Frekari upplýsingar um starfið
Laun samkvæmt gildandi kjarasamningi sem fjármála- og efnahagsráðherra og Félag íslenskra náttúrufræðinga hafa gert.
Umsækjandi þarf að senda eftirfarandi með umsókn:
- Afrit af prófskírteinum
- Meðmæli frá tveimur aðilum (leiðbeinanda/kennara)
Application should include:
- Cover letter
- Copy of diplomas
- Letter of recommendation from two referees
Umsóknarfrestur er til og með 3. júní 2022 / Application deadline is 3rd of June 2022
Viðkomandi þarf að geta hafið störf sem fyrst. / The applicant should be able to start soon as possible.
Laun eru í samræmi við kjarasamninga. / The salary will be according to an appropriate official wage contract.
Öllum umsóknum verður svarað og umsækjendum tilkynnt um ráðstöfun starfsins þegar ákvörðun hefur verið tekin. / All applicants will receive a response and a notification when the position has been filled.
Fyrir frekari upplýsingar hafið sambandi við: / For more information, please contact:
Sigríði Jónsdóttur, email@example.com
Sigurbjörgu Þorsteinsdóttur, firstname.lastname@example.org
Starfshlutfall er 100%
Umsóknarfrestur er til og með 03.06.2022
Nánari upplýsingar veitir
3. MSc student post in physiology, to study the regulation of vascular tone and wall tension in arteries
We are searching for a motivated person with a background in the biomedical sciences to work on a 90 ECTS MSc project, to study the regulation of vascular tone and wall tension in arteries (pig retinal arteries and mouse mesenteric arteries), using segments of these vessels in a small wire myography preparation, and fundus imaging and fluorescent angiography from rodent eyes, in anesthetized animals. In addition, molecular methods to localize relevant proteins on vessels and the levels of expression of these proteins will be used. The candidate needs to have basic knowledge of cell physiology, and smooth muscle function. The project is supervised by Þór Eysteinsson and Andrea García-Llorca in the Department of Physiology. Contact Þór Eysteinsson (email@example.com) for further detail.
4. MSc student position to study dose-sparing effects of adjuvants and natural compounds using a neonatal mouse immunization model
We are looking for a motivated student who wants to join the Vaccine research group of Ingileif Jónsdóttir and Stefanía P. Bjarnarson at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Iceland and Department of Immunology at Landspitali. The study aims are to evaluate dose-sparing effects of different adjuvants and natural compounds using a murine neonatal immunization model. Dose sparing strategies aim to increase vaccine immunogenicity and minimize the dose of vaccine antigen needed to confer protective immunity, by including adjuvants or natural compounds in the vaccine formulation. We initially offer the student a summer job position, so the research could start during the summer 2022. The project is funded by the Technology Development Fund.
Please contact Auður Anna Aradóttir Pind (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.
PhD and postdoctoral fellows
Group leaders at the BMC are always looking for highly motivated PhD fellows and postdocs. If there are currently no open calls posted on our website, excellent PhDs and postdocs are encouraged to apply to one of our groups for fellowships at any time. The chances for a position at BMC are increased significantly if you contact us well ahead of time. Please contact the Group Leader you wish to work with directly and please enclose the following materials:
1. Cover Letter/letter of interest
3. Three (3) letters of reference
Send email to email@example.com.
Work environment at BMC
BMC is a dynamic and international research centre. We offer good working conditions with excellent possibilities in an open, collaborative atmosphere. We offer state-of-the-art research facilities in modern laboratories. The research groups at BMC collaborate closely and all our young scientists (masters students, PhD fellows and postdocs) actively participate in all our activities.