EATRIS Coordinator Norway

Workplace Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway (NCMM)
Date 22 February 2017
Location Oslo
Hours Fulltime

EATRIS Coordinator

Norway entered the European Infrastructure for Translational Medicine (EATRIS) as a full member in 2016. The Norwegian EATRIS node consists of the University of Oslo, University of Bergen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, UiT The Arctic University of Norway and the four Regional Health Authorities in Southeastern, Western, Central and Northern Norway as well as associated university hospitals in each region. The EATRIS consortium provides cutting edge infrastructure and expertise along the entire translational value chain in a ‘One-Stop Shop’, providing a new development pathway open to researchers and companies in need of support for advancing biomedical innovations. EATRIS comprises over 80 leading academic institutions across 12 European countries and provides a great resource for building consortia for competitive applications to Horizon 2020 and other EU-funding programmes.

The Norwegian participation in EATRIS is coordinated by Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway (NCMM) and NCMM is responsible for the administrative tasks of the national infrastructure. The overall objective of NCMM is to conduct cutting edge research in molecular medicine and facilitate translation of discoveries in basic medical research into clinical practice.

 NCMM and the Norwegian EATRIS node now have an open position as EATRIS Coordinator funded for two years by the Helse-EU programme from the Research Council of Norway. We are inviting for applications to the position of:

EATRIS Coordinator

This administrative coordinator position is a newly established, full-time position. The ideal candidate will have broad translational research expertise or, alternatively, a background as grant officer experienced in working with EU-funding.

The mission of the Coordinator will be to facilitate participation of Norwegian infrastructures and experts in EATRIS and to help organize and assist in Norwegian coordination of or participation in consortia applying for EU-funding in the health area using EATRIS as an instrument. An important element of the EATRIS coordination function will also be to ensure full integration with other life sciences infrastructures operating in Norway, including the ESFRI nodes of ECRIN, ELIXIR and EU-OPENSCREEN. These efforts should ensure access to the specialized facilities and expertise residing therein, for better medicines development as well as to strengthen the Norwegian contribution to European collaborations in academic projects and initiatives.


We are seeking highly motivated individuals that can work independently. Work tasks would include representing Norway in EATRIS together with the national representative and to work with the national Steering Group to oversee implementation of EATRIS. Furthermore, both remote work and regular visits to all the Norwegian institutions that constitute the Norwegian node will be required to mobilize relevant expertise and infrastructures to engage in EATRIS pipelines for product development, to organize project flow to Norway as well as access for Norwegian users with translational projects. Importantly, a significant part of the work should also focus directly on funding strategies versus the EU and to increase participation in and leadership of project partnerships that are formed through EATRIS.

Qualification requirements:

  • Education from university or college, minimum equivalent to a master level. A PhD degree in molecular biology/molecular medicine/biotechnology as well as translational expertise would be valued. Expertise in working with EU-funding strategies and grant writing would be beneficial. Experience from similar work can replace this formal requirement.
  • Fluent written and spoken English
  • Experience from research administration, preferably from larger research projects will be considered an advantage
  • Experience from communication activities and research dissemination will be valued

Personal qualities – the candidate selected for this position should be able to:

  • Work both independently and in a team
  • Show creativity and have a high implementation capacity
  • Stimulate different research environments in Norway to work towards joint goals
  • Liaise with and work together with the European EATRIS team
  • Communicate fluently both written and spoken in English and preferably also in Norwegian
  • Perform structured administrative work
  • Personal suitability for the position will be strongly emphasized

We can offer challenging work in a dynamic environment at NCMM with excellent opportunities for professional and personal development. The successful candidate for the position will be offered a 2-year contract. While the successful candidate would be employed by NCMM, the candidate’s daily work place could in principle also be with one of the other universities or university hospitals that constitute the Norwegian EATRIS node to the extent office space can be provided and to the extent the candidate would be willing to travel to NCMM and across all regions of Norway. Candidates are therefore welcome to indicate preferred work place (Oslo/Bergen/Trondheim/Tromsø). Furthermore, while we foresee that the candidate should occupy a full-time position for 2 years, it would also be possible for the position to be shared between two candidates (for example with different competencies). Candidates seeking less than full-time employment are therefore also welcome to indicate interest in part-time rather than full-time employment.

The position will be included in the Norwegian health insurance and retirement pension schemes and placed as SKO (Position Code 1364) Senior Advisor with salary range step 60 – 69 (512 700–605 800NOK per year), depending on qualifications and experience.

Applications should be written in English and include a cover letter with motivation, a CV as well as relevant diplomas or certificates and names of 2 to 3 references.

Inquiries about the position can be directed to NCMM Director Kjetil Taskén as the national EATRIS representative ( Inquiries regarding technical aspects of the application can be directed to Nina Modahl (

Application deadline : 15 March, 2017

  • Expected Start Date: in the 2nd quarter of 2017
  • Reference number: 2017/2634
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