PhD Candidate Position within Medical Imaging

Trondheim, Norway
30 Mar 2020
End of advertisement period
30 Apr 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Temporary
Full Time

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We are looking for dedicated employees to join us.

About the position

This position is a fixed term, full time (100 %) position for 3 years starting 1 August 2020.  

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 eight departments at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and provides research and education in ultrasound, MRI, exercise, the circulatory system, anaesthetics and emergency

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.

Duties of the position

The candidate will be working on a project directed towards improving the diagnosis 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 Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting (MRF) of the prostate, which is a new method for fast MR imaging of prostate cancer. In daily practice, the candidate will work with the acquisition, reconstruction, processing and analysis of MRF images, working towards its potential application in clinical practice. The project will have a strong focus on MR physics and image processing but 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.

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.

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 criterias:

  • Documented experience with programming in Python, Matlab, or C++
  • Excellent English skills, spoken and written
  • Theoretical and hands-on experience with MR imaging
  • Documented experience with image processing/analysis

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.

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.

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

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.

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

About the application

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. 

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.

For further information about the position, please contact:

Professor Tone F. Bathen, email:, telephone:  00 47 95020196

Researcher Mattijs Elschot, email:, telephone 00 47 40524106

For enquires regarding the application procedure, please contact:

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

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

Chosen applicants will be invited to undergo an interview.

Application deadline: 30.04.2020. 

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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 30th April 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service MTFS, Øya

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