PhD Candidate in Molecular Medicine

Øya, Norway
16 Mar 2020
End of advertisement period
24 Apr 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The position is in the group led by Dr. Kristine Misund. Her group is part of a research environment that brings together basic researchers and clinicians at NTNU and St. Olav’s University Hospital in Trondheim to focus on the hematological malignancy multiple myeloma. Our overall goal is to improve diagnostics and treatment for the benefit of patients and next-of-kin. We have excellent infrastructures for experimental and clinical research with state-of-the-art equipment.

The period of employment for the position as a PhD research fellow is 3 years. Admission to a doctoral degree program is a requirement for employment as a PhD candidate. For regulations concerning the PhD-degree at NTNU, please see: 

The PhD candidate should start no later than August 1st, 2020.

Duties of the position

The PhD candidate will work on a project studying the tumor-immune interactions in multiple myeloma patients, with the aim to better understand the anti-tumor immune response at specific disease stages and in selected patient groups. The project will benefit from patient samples stored at Biobank1, and the methodology will include single-cell genomics and single-cell characterization at the protein level (flow cytometry and mass cytometry (CyTOF)). The candidate will also be involved in related projects within the research group.

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 in a relevant field such as biochemistry, cell biology, biotechnology, immunology or medicine, 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 degree in bioinformatics could also be relevant if the applicant has experience in bioinformatical work related to deep sequencing or single-cell technology. 

Applicants expected to complete the MSc studies by summer 2020 can apply.

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.

Other requirements:

  • Proficiency in oral and written English

Emphasis will also be placed on:

  • Experience in cell- and molecular biology techniques
  • Experience with flow cytometry or mass cytometry
  • Experience with analysis of large data sets (such as transcriptomic or genomic data) and statistics (“R”)
  • Experience in the field of cancer biology and immunology
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written 

Personal characteristics

Personal characteristics will be emphasized. We seek a candidate that is motivated for research, with proven ability to work both independently and in a team.

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

We offer

  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits

The candidate will enjoy access to the excellent infrastructure and laboratory facilities at the Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine (IKOM). Moreover, IKOM scientists have access to local core facilities in imaging, bioinformatics, genomics and proteomics.  

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.

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.

The application should contain the following:

  • Short statement on the applicant's personal qualifications and motivation for the position
  • CV, including list of publications, relevant former positions and references
  • Copies of relevant transcripts and diplomas
  • Contact information for two references
  • A short statement from a former supervisor/tutor/teacher may also be included

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.

Applicants from non-European countries where English is no the official language must present an official language test report. The following tests can be used: TOEFL, IELTS, or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE).»

General information

A good working environment is characterized 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. 

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 Kristine Misund, telephone: +47 91850477, email: If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR-consultant Elisabeth Myrvang, e-mail:

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: 24.04.20

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 Clinical and Molecular Medicine (IKOM):

The Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine (IKOM) is NTNU’s largest department, with 450 employees. Our research and teaching help to improve treatment and health.

IKOM has expertise in basic, clinical and translational research within broad disciplinary areas. We study children’s and women’s health, cancers, blood disorders and infectious diseases, gastroenterology, inflammation, metabolic disorders, laboratory sciences and medical ethics. The Department offers teaching in medicine at master’s and PhD level. We also offer continuing education for employees in the health services.

Deadline 24th April 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Øya, Trondheim

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