Postdoctoral Research Associate, Mass Spectrometry Imaging in Cancer

Øya, Norway
07 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
15 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Information about the position

The Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine ( currently has a vacant fixed term, full time (100 %) position for a Postdoctoral Research Associatefor 3 years starting in summer/autumn 2019. We seek a talented and enthusiastic individual with experience in mass spectrometry imaging.

The objective of the project is to study metabolic and proteomic features of metastatic breast cancer using matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry imaging (MALDI-MSI). Understanding the molecular processes underlying invasion and metastasis is important for development of future therapies. The postdoc/researcher will be responsible for analysis of biobanked breast cancer specimens using MALDI-MSI, and correlate molecular characteristics with disease outcome.

The project is funded by the Norwegian Cancer Society, and the candidate will work in the MR Cancer Group under supervision of Professor Siver Moestue ( The research group counts approx. 30 persons with competence within physics, life sciences, clinical medicine, chemistry and more.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated and committed to qualify for an academic career within cancer research.

Job description

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

  • Planning and execution of MALDI-MSI experiments
  • Validation of MALDI-MSI analysis of paraffin-embedded tissue
  • Metabolic analysis of historical breast cancer biopsy material
  • Integration of MALDI-MSI data with immunohistochemical and clinical data

Qualification requirements

Requirements of the applicant:

  • PhD within biochemistry, medical biology or equivalent within the life sciences
  • Experience in mass spectrometry-based proteomics or metabolomics
  • Excellent English skills, spoken and written

Emphasis will also be placed on:

  • Experience with MALDI-MSI or similar imaging techniques
  • Experience with handling large datasets, data processing and programming tools (e.g. R, MatLab or Python) and multivariate analysis.
  • Prior written, scientific output
  • Excellent communication abilities

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.

Personal characteristics

  • ability to work systematically and independently
  • ability to share knowledge and competence with members of the research team
  • resourceful

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

The gross salary for the position of researcher code 1109 is normally remunerated at gross from NOK 515 200 – 597 400 before tax per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. 

Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 515 200 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

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

Generell informasjon

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. Under the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova), 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.

Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Siver Moestue, phone number + 47 91 11 11 74, e-mail

Questions regarding the application procedure can be directed to HR Consultant Sissel Sollien, phone number + 47 48 05 11 91, e-mail:

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 April 15th 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:

  • CV
  • Relevant diplomas, certificates and transcripts
  • Short statement from a former supervisor/tutor/teacher
  • Contact information for two references (including email addresses and telephone number)
  • Publication list

Up to 5 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.

Chosen applicants will be invited to undergo an interview.

Application deadline: 15.04.2019

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Deadline 15.04.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Trondheim, Øya

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