Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging

Trondheim, Norway
Dec 21, 2019
End of advertisement period
Jan 31, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a fixed 3-year full-time Post Doc position for a candidate to work with PET/MRI in prostate cancer at the Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging, starting from April 1st 2020. 

The Post Doc will be part of the MR Cancer Group, which is a multidisciplinary research group working within the field of personalized cancer medicine. For more information about the research group, please visit the following web page:

The candidate will be working on a multi-center project directed towards improving the treatment of prostate cancer, which is the most commonly diagnosed cancer type among men in Norway. The project is funded by the Trond Mohn foundation together with universities and hospitals in Trondheim, Tromsø and Bergen. The main aims of the project are:

  1. to evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of prostate specific membrane antigen (PSMA) PET/MRI for detection of pelvic lymph metastases in high risk prostate cancer
  2. to evaluate detection rates and investigate how PSMA PET/MRI impacts treatment decisions in prostate cancer patients with recurrent disease.

Both studies will be performed with a prospective design in a multi-center setting in close collaboration with an interdisciplinary research team. Patient enrollment starts in February 2020. The position offers challenging and varied tasks in an environment characterised by active, committed and skilled employees, and the candidate is expected to take a central role in publishing the results from the studies.

The position reports to the Head of the MR Cancer Group, professor Tone F. Bathen (

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Implementing and performing a clinical study
  • PET/MRI acquisition and analysis
  • Interaction with local, national and international interdisciplinary researchers
  • Writing, publishing and communication of results to peers, users and the general public

Qualification requirements

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. Completion of a Norwegian doctoral degree or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, postdoctor and research assistant

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.


  • PhD in medicine, medical technology, or image analysis
  • Experience from PET and/or MR image acquisition and analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Strong record of publications in international peer-reviewed journals
  • The position requires strong English oral and writing skills

Emphasis will also be based on: 

  • Experience with participation in interdisciplinary collaborative research projects
  • Being able to communicate in a Scandinavian language
  • Programming skills – in one or more of: Matlab, Phyton, C++

Personal characteristics

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong writing skills, capable of synthesizing and expressing complex ideas clearly
  • Team player, collaborative, and respectful; values the inputs and opinions of others
  • Self-motivated, ambitious, resilient, resourceful, result-oriented, and independent

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

We offer

Salary and conditions

Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 542 200 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The engagement 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 criterias 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.

General information

General information:

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act, information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

About the application:

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

How to apply:

Please submit your application electronically using the appropriate link in  Applicants will only be assessed on the information submitted and it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure everything is submitted by the deadline of January 31st, 2020.

Please complete the online application form. The applicant’s personal qualification and motivation for applying for the specific position must be mentioned in the cover letter. In addition, the following pdfs must be attached:

  • Relevant transcripts and diplomas, including diploma supplement
  • Short statement from a former supervisor/tutor/teacher
  • Publication list, if applicable

Chosen applicants will be invited to undergo an interview.

Candidates from universities outside Norway are requested to send a Diploma Supplement or similar official document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree:

Candidates from non-English speaking countries outside the Nordic countries must provide official documentation of their English competence. Approved tests and results are:

  • TOEFL: 600 / writing 4.5 (paper-based test), 92 / writing 22 (internet- based test)
  • IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS tests accepted)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): grade A or B

For further information about the position:

Professor Tone F. Bathen, email:, telephone: 00 47 95020196

For enquires regarding the application procedure:

HR Consultant Julie Hoff, email:, telephone 00 47 72576984

Application deadline: 31.01.2020

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

The Department of Circulation and Imaging (ISB) has 260 employees, and its research units are at the Cardiothoracic Centre at St. Olav’s Hospital, integrated with collaborating clinical divisions. The Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging (ISB) includes anaesthesiology, radiology, radiography, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, exercise physiology, cardiovascular physiology, pulmonary physiology, pulmonary medicine, cardiology, vascular surgery, thoracic surgery and biomedical engineering. The department is also responsible for the Centre for Innovative Ultrasound Solutions (CIUS), the Medical Simulation Centre and the MR Centre. More information about the department is available at

Deadline 31st January 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Øya, MTFS

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