Phd Candidate Position Within Medical Imaging

Trondheim, Norway
22 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
17 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

This position is a fixed term, full time (100 %) position for 3 years starting in summer 2019.

At the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU, there is a PhD position available within the field of Medical Imaging. The position is organized at the Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging (, situated at Øya, Trondheim. The Department of circulation and medical imaging (ISB) is one of seven departments at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and provides research and education in ultrasound, MRI, exercise, the circulatory system, anaesthetics and emergency medicine.

The PhD Candidate 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 position offers challenging and varied tasks in an environment characterised by active, committed and skilled employees.

Job description

The candidate will be working on a project directed towards improving the treatment of prostate cancer, which is the most commonly diagnosed cancer type among men in Norway. The main aim of the project is to develop, optimize and test new methods for PET/MRI-based radiotherapy planning. In daily practice, the candidate will work with the acquisition, reconstruction, processing and analysis of PSMA PET/MR images, and apply these to planning of radiotherapy treatment. The project will have a strong focus on machine-learning methods, to take maximum effect of the complementary information in the PET and MR images. The work will be carried out in close collaboration with researchers and clinicians at the Dept. of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine and the Dept. of Radiotherapy, St. Olav’s Hospital, Trondheim.

Qualification requirements

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in medical imaging or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree.

  • A master’s degree or equivalent education within the field of medical imaging, (bio)medical engineering, computer vision, (bio)physics, or similar, with a weighted-average grade of B or higher, in accordance with NTNU’s grading system
  • Documented experience with image processing/analysis
  • Documented experience with programming in Python, Matlab, or C++
  • Theoretical and hands-on experience with PET and/or MR imaging is considered a plus
  • Excellent English skills, spoken and written

Personal characteristics

  • Motivation for the position
  • Professional independence and assertiveness
  • Communication skills

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

Working at NTNU

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:

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 Friday 17th March 2019.  

 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:

Mattijs Elschot, PhD, email:, telephone: 00 47 40 52 41 06

For enquires regarding the application procedure, please contact:

HR Consultant Julie Hoff, email:, telephone 0047 72 57 69 84

Note: Under the new Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to be included on the list of applicants.

Application deadline: 17.03.2019

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Deadline 17.03.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Øya

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