PhD Candidate in Medicine and Health Science Global Health

Trondheim, Norway
12 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
25 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The PhD candidate will be enrolled at the Department of Public Health and Nursing (ISM) at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. 

The PhD candidate will complete required academic training/coursework at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway (as possible given the covid-19 travel restrictions) and carry out the research activities at Dhulikhel Hospital-Kathmandu University Hospital (DHKUH) in Nepal. The originally planned research scheme for the PhD candidate is approximately divided as 3 years in Nepal and 1 year in Norway.

This position is a fixed term, 65 – 100 % position, for 4 years, starting in summer 2021.

The position is tied to the research project, Addressing Domestic Violence in Antenatal Care Environments 2 (ADVANCE 2), funded by the Research Council of Norway, and led by Research Fellow Jennifer Infanti ( and Professor Berit Schei

The main supervisor for this PhD candidate will be Professor Mirjam Lukasse from the University of South-Eastern Norway (

Duties of the position

The primary aim of the ADVANCE 2 project is to enable antenatal care providers in Nepal to identify effectively and assist pregnant women living with domestic violence in the country.

In pursuit of this aim, the PhD candidate’s project includes the following two objectives:

(1)    to conduct a randomised controlled trial (RCT) at DHKUH to test the effectiveness of screening for domestic violence and implementing a safety intervention compared with standard antenatal care; and

(2)    to carry out a process evaluation of the implementation of the RCT to better understand the contextual factors influencing women’s abilities to attain effective help from the intervention.

The project requires the candidate to collaborate with a postdoctoral researcher and PhD candidate involved in the project and appointed at Kathmandu Medical College and Teaching Hospital (KMC).

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

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 nursing, midwife, or other obstetrics-related health professional 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.

  • A master’s degree or equivalent education in nursing, midwifery, or other health sciences, with a weighted-average grade of B or higher, in accordance with NTNU’s grading system
  • Excellent English and Nepali skills, spoken and written
  • Work experience at Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences / Dhulikhel Hospital Kathmandu University Hospital (KUSMS/DHKUH) 

Emphasis will also be placed on:

  • Background as a nurse, midwife, or other obstetrics-related health professional / Experience within the field of women’s health
  • Prior written, scientific output (for example, master’s thesis of high quality on a topic related to women’s health; publication of at least one research article related to women’s health in a peer-reviewed journal)
  • Basic knowledge of key concepts related to gender and violence against women
  • Demonstrated ability to work in interdisciplinary teams
  • Demonstrated command of research skills, particularly quantitative, including data management

The candidates’ motivation and personal aptitude for this position will also be taken into consideration.

Personal characteristics

  • Good comunication and collaboration skills
  • Ability to work independently and systematically, but also be able to participate with others in teamwork

We offer

Salary and conditions

The appointment of the PhD candidate 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:

While based in Norway, 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.

During the candidate’s residence in Nepal, employment conditions will be established by DH-KUSMS and the PhD position is subject to the salary agreements and personnel regulations stipulated there. DH-KUSMS will pay the PhD candidate his/her salary during their appointment in Nepal and provide office space and other infrastructure necessary for the research activities.

The PhD candidate will be appointed to perform research work in at least a 65% position. Therefore, if the PhD candidate has clinical obligations, these clinical duties must be covered/substituted by other employees during the PhD candidate’s period of research employment.

The period of employment is 4 years.

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.

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. 

The applicant’s personal qualifications and motivation for applying for the specific position must be mentioned in the cover letter.

  • In addition, the following pdfs must be attached:
  • Relevant academic transcripts and diplomas, including diploma supplements
  • A short recommendation letter/statement from a former supervisor/tutor/teacher
  • List of publications, if applicable
  • Master’s thesis, if applicable

Chosen applicants will be invited to undergo an interview. Prior to the interview, a short, written task may be assigned.

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.

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.

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

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

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. 

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.

For further information about the position, contact:

Professor Berit Schei, email:, telephone: 00 47 73 59 88 83

Research Fellow Jennifer Infanti, email:, telephone: 00 47 94 72 19 64

For enquires regarding the application procedure:

HR cosultant Maya Soyer Tangen, email:

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. Please refer to the application number XXX when applying.

Application deadline: 25.11.20

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 Public Health and Nursing (ISM) is responsible for research, teaching, innovation and dissemination in community medicine, nursing, primary health care and public health. The Department’s activities in both research and education focus on the needs of the primary health service. ISM is one of eight departments at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, and has about 360 employees in permanent and temporary positions. For more information on ISM, see:   

Deadline 25th November 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fixed percentage
Duration Temporary
Place of service Nepal