PhD Position in Biotechnology

Trondheim, Norway
May 13, 2020
End of advertisement period
Jun 10, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We currently have a vacancy at the Cardiac Exercise Research Group (CERG) for a PhD Fellowship. This is a full time, 3-year temporary position in genetics and biotechnology. We seek a talented and enthusiastic person with experience in the fields of biotechnology, molecular medicine or biology. For more information about the center, see

Our research projects are using information from large population-based studies, including genotype data on more than 70,000 individuals from the HUNT Study ( The genetic data is linked with comprehensive health information from several national registries. By taking advantage of these unique datasets, the overall aim is to understand the mechanisms of cardiovascular disease development and to discover new prevention and treatment targets.

Preferred start date: 01.09.2020.

Duties of the position

The PhD project will involve using dry lab, wet lab and pre-clinical models to determine the functional effects of gene variants related to aerobic fitness level and determine their potential links to cardiovascular disease. The long-term aim of the project is to discover and test new drug targets for cardiovascular disease. The selected PhD-candidate will be employed in the research project, CardioFit, at CERG.

Required selection criteria

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable for education leading to a PhD degree.

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, post doctor and research assistant.

A master’s degree or an equivalent education in a relevant field such as genetics, molecular medicine, biology, biotechnology or systems biology.

Required selection criteria

  • Experience in academic writing
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Experience in quantitative statistical analysis
  • Experience with dry lab experiments, e.g. bioinformatics and in silico analysis
  • Experience with wet lab experiments, including gene manipulation
  • Experience with studies using cell cultures and/or laboratory animals

Preferred selection criteria

  • Experience with research in exercise physiology, lifestyle-related diseases, including cardiovascular disease
  • Experience with statistical analysis in R or other advanced languages
  • Experience with GWAS and/or PheWAS studies
  • Experience in using genome editing techniques both in vivo and in vitro
  • Experience with in vivo and in vitro functional studies in cardiomyocytes
  • FELASA-C diploma

Personal characteristics

  • Personal motivation and proven ability to work both independently and in a team
  • Excellent communication skills, both orally and written

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in [subject area] (Link to website, if applicable) within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

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 criteria 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.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In addition, include an essay (around 600 words) with the title “The future of PheWAS studies in cardiovascular disease research”.

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. 

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

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

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Researcher Anja Bye, ISB, telephone: +47 932 32 057 or email:

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR Consultant Sissel Sollien, telephone: + 47 48051191, email:

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. 

Application deadline: 10.06.2020

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 10th June 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Øya, Trondheim

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