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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

1. PhD studentship available in transcriptional regulation of cell fate commitment

We are looking for a highly qualified and motivated researcher for a three-year Ph.D. position focusing on transcriptional regulation in mouse embryonic stem cells and primodial germ cells at the University of Iceland, Reykjavík. The project is supported by the Icelandic Research Council for three years. The applicant is expected to start no later than January 2022.

Field of work

The studentship is in the Biomedical Center (www.lifvisindi.hi.is) and is associated with the Faculty of Medicine and the Graduate Program in Molecular Life Sciences (GPMLS).  The graduate program is a joint program between research groups at the University of Iceland and research organizations associated with the University. The main objective of GPMLS is to create a dynamic interdisciplinary educational program and to advance research and education in the field of molecular life sciences. The program offers research and education opportunities in a stimulating environment for students working towards MSc. or PhD.

The PhD Position

The student will investigate transcriptional mechanisms in mouse embryonic stem cell fate commitment, with an emphasis on primordial germ cell specification, with the aim of generating a better understanding of molecular mechanisms of early embryonic development. The approach will rely on directed differentiation and culture of mouse primordial germ cells in conjunction with assays such as chromatin immunoprecipitation coupled with mass spectrometry as well as high throughput sequencing , CRISPR-Cas9 based genome editing as well as classical molecular biological-, biochemistry- and cell biological techniques. Erna Magnúsdóttir, associate professor at the Faculty of Medicine, will be the project¿s supervisor. The group¿s website can be found at http://magnuslab.is/.

Qualification requirements

  • We are looking for an excellent student with a recently completed MSc degree in cell biology, biochemistry, or a related discipline.
  • Good experience working on research in a laboratory setting using biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology assays.
  • Experience and skills in mammalian cell culture are required.
  • Good Computer skills.
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English is essential.
  • The applicants need to be able to work independently and have strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • The applicants must meet the requirements needed to enroll into the School of Health Sciences Ph.D. program.

Application process

Please include the following with the application:

  • A cover letter with a description of how the applicant meets the requirements, their interests in the project and how he/she can contribute to the project (max 2 pages).
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Certificates of education (BS and MSc degree) and distribution of grades.
  • The name, telephone number and e-mail address of two referrals (including their relationship to the applicant). 
  • Overview of publications.
  • Applicants are also invited to send a PDF of their MS thesis (in any language) and any other relevant publications if available (max 5 documents).

Only complete applications will be considered.

The salary for the position will be in accordance with the current collective wage and salary agreement between the trade union and the Minister of Finance. 

All applications will be answered, and applicants will be informed about the appointment when a decision has been made. 

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.

Application deadline

Application deadline is 16.08.2021

For further information contact

Erna Magnúsdóttir

erna@hi.is

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2. PhD position in biochemistry or molecular biology available at the BioMedical Center, University of Iceland.

Metabolism of shock induced endotheliopathy

We are looking for highly qualified, motivated and hard-working graduate student for a fully funded three year project at the BioMedical Center, University of Iceland. The project involves characterization of endothelial metabolism following shock. The endothelium is a single cell layer surrounding the lumen of blood vessels and is involved in hemostasis and the immune response. Endothelial dysfunction is a characteristic of multiple diseases of the vasculature, including diabetes, myocardial infarction and stroke,that are leading causes of death.

The project is multidisciplinary and uses cutting-edge technologies including CRISPR mutagenesis, imaging, RNAseq, proteomics, metabolomics and integrated systemsbiology analysis of cellular and clinical data.

Location

The projects will take place within a vibrant scientific environment within the Biomedical Center at the University of Iceland (http://lifvisindi.hi.is). The BMC is an official collaboration between research groups working in biomedical molecular life sciences within the University, the University Hospital, Reykjavik University and other research institutions in Iceland. It includes over 70 Principal Investigators and over hundred graduate students and postdocs. Students will belong to the Graduate Program in Molecular Life Sciences, a joint program between research groups within the BMC and will therefore belong to a stimulating interdisciplinary educational program in the field of molecular life sciences. The graduate program will take place in Reykjavík, Iceland, which is a safe, beautiful and a fun place to live and work.

Qualification requirements

  • Recent MS in genetics, cellular or molecular biology, biochemistry or related fields
  • Laboratory experience
  • Good computer and data analysis skills are essential-programming skills are beneficial
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Independence and ability to work in a team

The selected candidate must send a formal application for PhD studentship at the University of Iceland and the position is contingent on acceptance into the Ph.D. program.

Application process

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).
  • CV and an overview of publications, if any.
  • Certificates of education (BS and MS degrees) and distribution of grades.
  • Reference letter from at least two previous supervisors/teachers (including information on their relationship to the applicant).
  • Applicants are also invited to send PDF of PhD or 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. 

All applications will be answered and applicants will be informed about the appointment when a decision has been made. Applications may be valid for six months.

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.  

Application deadline

Application deadline is 15.07.2021

For further information contact

Óttar Rolfsson

ottarr@hi.is

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3. M.Sc. project at the Faculty of Medicine and Icelandic Heart Association (Hjartavernd)

We are looking for a motivated individual to join our group in 2021 to work on a masters-level project on human genetics and proteomics. The aim is to combine genetic data and serum protein measurements from the AGES-Reykjavik study to identify novel pathways involved in common diseases. 
 
The project is computational and will involve evaluating and using bioinformatic methods. Experience using R, Python or other programming languages is therefore needed, as well as a basic understanding and interest in human genetics.
  
The research group is located in Læknagarður and the project is performed in collaboration with the Icelandic Heart Association. The project is funded by Rannís.
 
Please contact Valborg Guðmundsdottir (valborgg@hi.is) 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
2. CV
3. Three (3) letters of reference 

Send email to skb@hi.is.

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.

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