PhD Position in Genetic Epidemiology

Trondheim, Norway
09 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
22 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We currently have a vacancy at the K. G. Jebsen Center for Genetic Epidemiology for a PhD Fellowship. This is a 3-year temporary position within the field of genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics.

We seek a talented and enthusiastic person with experience in medicine, epidemiology, genetics or biostatistics. For more information about the center, see .

Job description

Our research is using information from large population-based cohorts available to the K.G. Jebsen Center for Genetic Epidemiology. This includes genotype data on more than 70,000 individuals from the HUNT Study ( linked with comprehensive health information from both local and national registries such as medical records from hospitals and primary care, the birth registry, the cause of death registry and the prescription registry.

The topic of the PhD project will involve studying how genetic variation at the population level influences risk of disease, in order to better understand reasons for illness and health. The specific aims for the project will be developed in collaboration with the candidate. The work will involve application and development of robust and reproducible methods for analyses of large-scale genomic data such as genome-wide analyses, genetic-prediction modeling, Mendelian randomization, functional bioinformatical follow up and network analysis.

Qualification requirements

  • A master’s degree or an equivalent education in a relevant field such as public health, health sciences, epidemiology, biostatistics, genetics, molecular biology, biotechnology, systems biology or a medical degree.
  • 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.

Emphasis will also be placed on

  • Previous research experience and/or publication.
  • Personal motivation and proven ability to work both independently and in a 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

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD Candidates (code 1017) are remunerated with a gross annual salary of minimum NOK 449 400. Depending on qualifications and academic background the salary can range between NOK 449 400 – 505, 800.  In addition to taxes, a further 2% is deducted for the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The appointment will be made in accordance with current regulations and supplementary rules with guidelines for employment as PhD Candidate appointments at universities and university colleges in Norway. Admission to a doctoral degree programme is a requirement for employment as a PhD candidate. See:

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

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

General information

A good working environment is characterised by diversity. NTNU has a goal of ensuring a gender and age balance and to recruit candidates with a minority 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:

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 22 November 2018.

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.

For further information about the position, please contact:
Professor Kristian Hveem, Head of K.G. Jebsen Center for Genetic Epidemiology, Telephone: +47-47652530 or email:


Professor Bjørn O. Åsvold, K.G. Jebsen Center for Genetic Epidemiology, Telephone: +47-92466240 or email:

For information concerning the application process, please contact:
HR Consultant Anne-Britt Hofstad, telephone: + 47 73597567, email:

Please note that under the Norwegian Civil Service Act, information about applicants may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be included on the list of applicants.

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Deadline 22.11.2018
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Engagement
Place of service Trondheim