PhD Position in Clinical Medicine

Trondheim, Norway
Nov 12, 2020
End of advertisement period
Dec 02, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging has an academic environment where clinicians, translational scientists, engineers and industrial innovators cooperate to meet the needs of modern health care challenges, see www.ntnu/isb.

This position is a fixed term, full time (100 %) position for 3 years within the field of exercise physiology and metabolism. We seek a talented and enthusiastic person with experience in medicine, exercise physiology and/or nutrition.

EXCAR research group aims to develop exercise training strategies to prevent lifestyle-related diseases, with a special focus on exercise as medicine in order to improve fertility and pregnancy outcomes. The EXCAR research group has strong collaboration with clinicians at St. Olav’s University Hospital. Both NTNU and St. Olav’s Hospital have excellent infrastructures for clinical and experimental research with state-of-the-art equipment and laboratories. For more information about EXCAR:

Duties of the position

In this project, we will investigate the effects and feasibility of novel diet-exercise strategies that can prevent obesity and insulin resistance in reproductive-aged women. The PhD candidate will work in close collaboration with other researchers in the EXCAR group and NTNU, clinicians at St.Olavs Hospital, as well as international collaborators. The project includes three clinical studies, of which two are randomized controlled trials ( NCT04019860 and NCT03803072) and one interventional study (NCT04288479).

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.

  • A master’s degree or an equivalent education in a relevant field such as exercise physiology, biology, molecular biology, nutrition, or a medical degree. Students in their final stage of completing their degree are also invited to apply.
  • Experience in quantitative statistical analysis and academic writing
  • A strong academic record with a weighted average grade of at least B from master’s or equivalent education, in accordance with NTNU’s grading system
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English

Preferred selection criteria

  • Documented experience with clinical and/or laboratory research
  • Publications in recognised international peer-reviewed scientific journals, presentations at scientific meetings, or a degree from a reputable university in the field
  • Personal motivation and proven ability to work independently and in team, as well as potential as a researcher
  • 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, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement.

Personal characteristics

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

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.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme 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.

The position is subject to external funding. 

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

About the application

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 02.12.2020.

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. 

The application must include the following:

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

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.

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

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

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

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. We therefore encourage all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, age, functional capacity or cultural background. If necessary, we will adapt the workplace for people with disabilities.

Norway and NTNU offer strong family-friendly and life-balance polices, see:
For more information regarding moving to NTNU:

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.

For further information about the position:

Senior Researcher Trine Moholdt, email: telephone: 0047 970 985 94

For enquires regarding the application procedure:

HR Consultant Julie Hoff, email:, telephone 0047 72576984

Application deadline: 02.12.2020

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 2nd December 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Øya, Trondheim

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