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Featured image: a view in Oxford (photo EFF)

Postdoc Dr. Shu-qin Cao is with guest Yuan Fang and collaborator Xueyan Cui

We are looking for creative, determined, productive, highly self-motivated and assiduous students, with passion to work on ageing and AD!

Cheers in the lab’s Sunday Hiking activity (image EFF)

We are continued looking for the students who want to be tomorrow’s ‘bright stars’ in the ageing field. If you are dedicated to your dream, we will be working together to make it happen. 


Short-term exchange students
We welcome students from universities all around the world to perform their short-term research exchange at the Fang laboratory. Although funding support is not a prerequisite, the students are strongly recommended to bring their own funds or apply for the below funds:
1: EMBO short termfellowship.
2: ERASMUS exchange program. University of Oslo is a full ERASMUS partner  (UiO point of contact:
3: Summer students. If you are a UiO student, you can apply for UiO summer programme; if you a non-UiO student, try to secure funding from UNIFOR (

Master Students
1. Norwegian students: follow the related rules.

2. EU/EEA residents: there are 2 start dates:
I. January – application period 15 September to 15 October
II. August – application period 1 February to 1 March
The admission requirements may vary from specialisation to specialisation, and you can read more about them here. As a non-Norwegian student you’ll have to include a list describing all classes you have taken during your academic career – here it is best to link the classes you’ve taken directly to the courses required for admission to the MSc program you would like to be admitted to.

3. non-EU/EEA residents: your application procedure is little complicated – the only start date is August,  and application is only open between 15 October and 1 December. E.g., since at present it is July 2020, if you begin an application this coming October, your admission would be for August 2021 – you will need the following things taken from admission guide here. E.g., if you are a candidate from China, it is requested:

a) A 4 year bachelors (学士学位)- you will have to document all courses you have taken in your degree and it is best to link the classes you’ve taken to the required classes for admission to the MSc program – the required classes may vary depending on what specialisation you choose, but the different specialisations are not incredibly different from each other.
b) Documentation of English-language proficiency i.e.: TOEFL (score > 90), IELTS (score > 6.5) or PTE Academic (score > 62)
C) Documentation of funds equal to 123 519 Norwegian kroner (roughly 95 331¥)

There are additional documents that must be submitted – the UiO website for the Bioscience masters program has descriptive application guides for the different programme options, these will have a list of the required documents for application – this is an example of one generated for a Chinese student applying to “Molecular biology and biochemistry”: link

Ph.D. programme
Students within University of Oslo are eligible to join the laboratory. Interested international students with a view to joining the Fang laboratory should contact the lab ahead. The laboratory has a long-standing interest on the molecular mechanisms of human aging and to utilize the knowledge to develop novel interventional strategies to promote a healthy and more productive life in the elderly. The laboratory uses state-of-the-art molecular biology and biochemical techniques in iPSCs, mice, C. elegans, and human tissues to address interesting questions. Dr. Fang has strong experience in training postbaccalaureates and graduate students with many of them have strong publications and excellent further training/job offers after graduation. Prospective students should email Dr. Fang to discuss their particular research interests. Several projects can be tailored to compliment the specific interests of the extraordinary candidates.   

The candidates are strongly recommended to apply for related grants from Research Council of Norway (PhD programme grant). To apply for any type of grant from the Research Council you have to submit an application to a call for proposals – a funding announcement.  You can find active call for proposals here on this page. On the right hand side, under “Application type”, you can choose Personal doctoral, to see if there are any active funding announcements for these application types. For these types of personal grants, the student has to apply (as the project manager) themselves. If you are interested to read a Ph.D in my group, contact me, and with the qualified candidates I can help out for you to prepare a proposal for your submission.

For Ph.D. program in the University of Oslo, our main contact is Stian Frammarsvik:
Information about the programme:

For Chinese students, we strongly suggest you to discuss with Dr. Evandro Fang to get his help to apply for a 4-year China Scholarship Council (CSC) Ph.D. fellowship.

Grants for Ph.D. studies
1. NFR (Research Council of Norway):–doctoral-project-in-the-public-sector/#IntendedApplicantsTitle
2. To be updated.

Postdoctoral researchers
The laboratory welcome driven, highly self-motivated and talented students (multiple position available) to lead a project on the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying human aging and age-related neurodegeneration. Several aging-related projects are being developed in the laboratory, including a) molecular mechanisms of mitophagy; 2) mitochondrial dysfunction and compromised mitophagy in neurodegeneration; and 3) NAD+ and aging. The laboratory has strong interests to address the molecular mechanisms of these questions using cross-species laboratory models, including human iPCSs, C. elegans, mice, and human samples. You will be involved in developing one project with other duties/opportunities include writing and collaborating on papers for high-profile journal publications and attending and presenting at national/international conferences.

You will hold a relevant PhD (or related degree) together solid experience biochemistry and neuroscience. Candidates with strong experience on one or more of the below fields are extremely welcome: neuroscience (e.g., mouse behavioral studies and brain immunohistochemistry), C. elegans research (behavioral studies and genetic editing etc.), and biochemistry (e.g., protein-protein interaction and post-translational modification). You are expected to have good publication records and the ability to work accurately, keep good records and work as part of a team are essential for working at the laboratory. Please email a letter of interest including your CV, research experience, and future research interests to Dr. Fang.   Although funding support is not a prerequisite, all postdocs are expected to apply for individual fellowships. Selected candidates will be asked to arrange for three recommendation letters to be submitted directly to Dr. Fang.

Check out the below funding opportunities, so that you can apply for:

1. Research Council of Norway. The candidates are strongly recommended to apply for related grants from Research Council of Norway (postdoc grant, overseas grant). To apply for any type of grant from the Research Council you have to submit an application to a call for proposals – a funding announcement.  You can find active call for proposals here on this page. On the right hand side, under “Application type”, you can choose Personal post-doctoral research fellowship, to see if there are any active funding announcements for these application types. For these types of personal grants, the student has to apply (as the project manager) themselves.

2. Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship. It is a competitive call with ~10% success rate. The UiO runs a custom-designed support program for candidates and supervisors wishing to apply. Please contact (; for more information if you are interested.

3. The FRIPRO Mobility Grant:

4. Scientia Fellows:The UiO has recently been awarded a Marie-Curie cofund project – Scientia Fellows II – with 250 person-years, translated into 125 2-year positions. The success rate is ~60%, i.e. much higher than for the regular Marie Curie IF. The first call will be launched in April 2019.News here: The Scientia Fellows II is a continuation of the Scientia Fellows program and there will be significant similarities. Information about Scientia Fellows here: 

5. HSØ Postdoctoral Fellowship: A person with minimum 20% position in a Hospital is eligible to apply for grants in the Regional Health Authority calls. The call is not lauched yet, but the deadline is expected in the beginning of September. Some more info here (in Norwegian only): . They have different calls, e.g. postdoctoral positions. In your case, you would need to have someone with a minimum 20% hospital position  apply for the grant, since I think you don’t have a position with the hospital. If you have a position with the hospital, you are eligible to apply. Usually, these projects are more clinical than basic medicine, but some basic projects are also awarded. I recommend you to discuss this call with your colleagues with hospital affiliation.

6. For the Fang group postdocs to visit abroad for 6-12 months for collaborative projects:

B: Once an offer is issues, please get yourself prepared to join the lab by reading the below documents

Send an email to Evandro Fang for password on opening some files

  1. How to work on the flies in the Fang Lab (Tor Erik Rusten Lab): Here 
  2. C. elegans anatomy and introduction Here; and nomenclature here; Domestication in the laboratory here
  3. How to work in the lab (including frequently happened mistakes in the lab, including in handling worms): lab rules Here
  4. Relocation guide (to apply for accommodation in Ahus/UiO): Here
  5. How to write a paper by Sharon: Here
  6. PPT template to make professional presentations: Here
  7. PPT template to make Monday update (from Sofie and Tomas): Here when you to send your Monday update or other big files: if they are too big, consider to use ‘OneDrive’ via Here
  8. PPT template to make figures (A4 format) for publications: Here
  9. Resources of mass spectrometry services in Norway: Here
  10. Resources from Collaborative labs (two-photon microscopy etc): Here
  11. Guidelines on how to quantify autophagy and mitophagy: Fang lab protocol; quantify autophagy; quantify mitophagy.
    Related papers:
    mito-Rosella and LGG-1/DCT-1;
    mito-Keima mice;
    mito-QC mice;
    mitoDNA staining + why changes in mito outer membrane proteins do not always positive correlate with changes of mitophagy (because of UPS);
    how to use LC3B-II + Bafilomycin A1 (chloroquine).
  12. Additional grant opportunities in Norway: Here
  13. How to run memory experiment in worms: here (credit Dr. Konstantinos Palikaras, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece)